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CEO Report - July 2017

27 Jul 2017

Dear members and subscribers,

Australia is one of the most regulated countries in the world, which makes it difficult to maintain a thriving visitor economy.
Festivals need to navigate their way through a complex web of laws around planning, liquor licensing, visas, occupational health and safety, security and parking. This can be a huge cost burden on promoters...

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CEO Report - June 2017

29 Jun 2017

Dear members and subscribers,

Earlier this year we asked our members and subscribers to answer some questions in our annual survey about the biggest issues and opportunities facing their careers and businesses.
The key findings were:

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Music Victoria statement re: Victoria Police to get stop and search powers in 'bush doof' drug crackdown

20 Jun 2017 Music Victoria statement re: Victoria Police to get stop and search powers in 'bush doof' drug crackdown

Safety of music fans, musicians and industry is paramount at any music event. Drug use is a broad societal issue and while promoters and venues need to acknowledge their duty of care to patrons, drug use is a matter for the police.

We urge the police to be wary of any moves that could force patrons to take dangerous amounts of drugs quickly to avoid detection.

We encourage police to promote education to patrons rather than prohibition and to adopt progressive interventions that have proven effective in European countries.

Entertainment can often be the solution to drug problems -
particularly in the regions where there can be limited opportunities outside sport, to engage with other young people and build cohesion in communities. As this story about Groovin’ the Moo Festival in Bendigo shows, the biggest issue they had at this gathering of youthful tribes was locating a fan’s hat backstage (…/groovin-the-moo-feature-2017)

Music Victoria is working with other peak bodies such as Live Performance Australia as well as festival organisers and promoters to ensure that all music events are as safe as possible.

In reponse to "Victoria Police to get stop and search powers in 'bush doof' drug crackdown'

Leaps and Bounds announce full program 2017

19 Jun 2017 Leaps and Bounds announce full program 2017

Leaps and Bounds Music Festival is just around the corner!

We're looking forward to some of the workshops put on by The Push Inc including the DIY Merchandise workshop AND this workshop on "Converting MP3 into booking fees".

There's also this sweet party feat. BILLY DAVISCool Out SunMzRizk (DJ) and Jordan Dennis happening at The Night Cat.

Check out the full program below. We'll be announcing some more workshops in the coming days too.

Music Victoria are hiring! Office & Membership Coordinator and Project / Marketing Manager roles available

16 Jun 2017

We're hiring!

We're looking for:

  • a Project / Marketing Manager to assist in marketing and project management of The Age Music Victoria Awards and our annual membership drive; and
  • an Office & Membership Coordinator to provide support to management and be responsible for office administration including front line office support, phone queries and membership queries.

Do you have these skills? Check out the position descriptions below. Applications close COB Friday 7 July 2017.

Office & Membership Coordinator PD HERE

Project / Marketing Manager PD HERE

Richard Moffat and Chelsea Wilson join the Music Victoria Board

13 Jun 2017

We're excited to welcome the wonderful Richard Moffat and Chelsea Wilson to the Music Victoria board! 
They have both been co-opted and will serve on the board until our AGM in December.

We'd also like to extend heartfelt thanks to Chrissie Vincent and Cat McGauran for their time on the MV board.

Read about our board members here.

JOB ALERT - Revolver Upstairs, Prahran

3 Jun 2017

Revolver Upstairs on Chapel Street in Prahran has a great 320 person live music space which historically had live music 5 nights a week.

Revolver wants to start programming more live music and is seeking a passionate and connected booker to help us book great local content. Please email to express your interest.

Expressions of Interest now open for Melbourne Music Week

31 May 2017 Expressions of Interest now open for Melbourne Music Week

Wanna put on a show during Melbourne Music Week? Now's your chance! Expressions of interest close midday 9 June 2017.


Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Survey

31 May 2017

Are you a Victorian Aboriginal musician?

APRA AMCOS are mapping the professional skills of Victoria's Aboriginal musicians and the location of artists to help Creative Victoria better meet your future career development needs.

By completing the short survey below and encouraging other Aboriginal musicians through your networks to respond, you are helping ensure that the mapping project reflects real needs of Aboriginal musicians in Victoria.


Call for greater protections to save Melbourne’s ‘culturally significant’ live music pubs

29 May 2017 Call for greater protections to save Melbourne’s ‘culturally significant’ live music pubs

"Music Victoria chief executive Patrick Donovan told the Leader it was “vital we preserve” live music venues in Melbourne.

“I agree with councillor (Andrew) Bond that there needs to be a change in heritage protection,” he said."

Music Victoria joins City Of Port Phillip's push to save pubs.


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CEO Report - May 2017

26 May 2017

Dear members and subscribers,

It's been a big week for live music. We've launched the second year of the State Government's Good Music Neighbours program (matched funding for live music venues) and released our Victorian Live Music Ten Point Plan

The City of Port Phillip Council has also been voting to rally all inner city councils to make a mass heritage submission to the State Government to protect culturally significant pubs, read more about this important heritage work here

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