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CEO Report - September 2016

29 Sep 2016

G'day members and subscribers,

Some of you would have returned recently from BIGSOUND in Brisbane, where more than half of the bands showcasing were from Victoria. It was great to catch up with so many of you at our annualVic Music Mixer.

It was also promising to hear - 12 months on from Pitchfork editor Jessica Hopper’s revelatory 2015 BIGSOUND keynote about sexism in the music industry - some of the initiatives being launched to address it.
This year Music Victoria’s Chloe Turner spoke on a panel calledPower Hungry: the Call of the Equal Gender representation from Artistry to Industry. She spoke about Music Victoria’s gender diversity statement, where we aspire to a 40% gender target on our Committee of Management (which is currently comprised of 50% women), panels and in other activities. Our Women in Contemporary Victorian Music survey indicated that confidence was an issue for some women in music, so with some advice from our Women’s Advisory Panel we are running a panel at the Northcote Town Hall for the upcoming Darebin Music Feast on 3 November 2016 calledYou Can’t Be What You Can’t See: Confidence in the Music Industry. See more information on our work with gender diversityhere.

Earlier this year we also updated the Best Practice Guidelines for Live Music Venues to include a chapter written by LISTEN guiding venues on dealing with sexual harassment and assault, and we are setting up a working group to update the guide with advice for venues on booking bands featuring members with domestic violence, and other convictions.

Some other initiatives happening from Melbourne showing that Melbourne are leading the discussions in this area are the#ittakesone campaign launched by Melbourne trio Camp Cope, featuring many musicians in solidarity with the message “It takes one person's behaviour to ruin an entire show but it also takes one person to stand up, say something, and make a difference” and the annual LISTEN Conference happening in October featuring three days of keynotes, panel discussions and workshops and an extensive list of 50 panellists from musicians, to radio broadcasters and music industry.  
It’s vital that all musicians and music fans feel safe in Victoria’s venues and everyone has a clear pathway to all jobs in the music industry.

We are excited to announce that the brand new Music Victoria Artists Advisory Panel has been established to explore opportunities facing Victorian contemporary music makers and players. Watch this space...

See you in the mosh pit! Paddy, Chloe and Nick

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