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CEO Report - December 2016

22 Dec 2016

Dear members and subscribers,

What an amazing year for Victorian music.
At Music Victoria, we started the year undertaking the Victorian regional audit on behalf of the Victorian state government, and have expanded our programs and staff to run the Good Music Neighbours sound attenuation program, and the Live Music Professionals program to assist mid-career independent promoters, venue managers, owners and band bookers across the state.

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CEO Report - November 2016

30 Nov 2016

G'day members and subscribers,

What an amazing couple of weeks for Victoria and our music community!
Melbourne Music Week saw music everywhere throughout our capital, from the steps of Parliament House and the State Library of Victoria, to the MCG, as well as all the usual haunts.  The public, MMW punters and industry were treated to some of our best live music each day outside the State Library, where we shook it to artists like Nai Palm, Ella Thompson, REMI and The Meanies.  So very much to see, and so very much of it free…
We also witnessed an announcement by the federal government committing $1.16M to secure Sounds Australia for another four years.  This is a big win for Australian music, in particular artists looking to get their music beyond our shores and into the world market.

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CEO Report - October 2016

27 Oct 2016

G'day members and subscribers,

It’s an exciting time of year when the best acts, venues and festivals are nominated for The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016.
A team of 30 judges have chosen the top five nominees in 12 categories to be publicly voted, while industry experts have selected the finalists in 11 genre specific awards.
Get online and vote for your favourites by 4 November and go into the running for a HUGE prize pack.
Tickets are now sold out for The After Party featuring Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Camp Cope, Tash Sultana and many more amazing acts so we're looking forward to one of the best awards nights yet.

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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 called Power 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 called You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: Confidence in the Music Industry. See more information on our work with gender diversity here.

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CEO Report - August 2016

25 Aug 2016

Greetings members and subscribers,

It’s that time of year when the Music Vic team undertakes the difficult, but enjoyable task of putting together the line-up for The Age Music Victoria Awards at 170 Russell on 16 November 2016.
 
This year, we have separated the industry-only awards ceremony from the gig, now known as The After Party.  Only 400 tickets are available to members of the general public to enjoy the best music the state has to offer.

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CEO Report - July 2016

28 Jul 2016

Greetings members and subscribers,

While it seems like winter will never end, the announcements of music conferences and festivals means that warmer weather must be just around the corner.
Face the Music, contemporary music summit, has announced it is moving to the second week of Melbourne Music Week, on 17 and 18 November. Early bird tickets are on sale now and Music Victoria members will get a discount on the full rate tickets once the program is announced mid-August.

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CEO Report - June 2016

30 Jun 2016

Dear members and subscribers,

Over the last 12 months there has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes building a case for more support for contemporary music from the Federal Government.
The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN, chaired by MV's CEO Patrick Donovan) released a statement calling on the parties to create a new $5 million Contemporary Music Fund. This Fund would support:

  • increased export opportunities for artist;
  • audience development;
  • education programs that encourage greater involvement in both live and recorded music;
  • regional touring; and
  • and the funding of Music Australia and AMIN to continue their work for the industry.
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CEO Report May 2016 - Good Music Neighbours

26 May 2016

Dear members and subscribers,

Can you imagine a world without live music? This question is raised in an article published this week in the on-line arts site the Daily Review.
Interestingly, it is also part of the criteria we asked film producers to address in the I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 Second Film Competition, which will be held tonight as part of the SoundKILDA national music video competition at the St Kilda Town Hall.
The article argues that a perfect storm of barriers and issues (some government-led) has resulted in market failure, and calls for government intervention such as tax breaks for live music to save live music, as it did with the film industry.
The music industry recently commissioned Ernst and Young to undertake a feasibility study to build the case for music tax offsets, read it here

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CEO Report April 2016 - Creative State Strategy

29 Apr 2016
Dear members and subscribers,

 
Victoria – the Place to Be. It used to be our (fairly naff) number plate slogan. But it’s pretty clear that Victoria is the place to be if you work in the Creative Industries.

The Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley MP, launched the state’s first ever creative industries strategy, Creative State last week. It was heartening to hear a minister talking so effusively about the various benefits of creativity and the arts, particularly when other governments are going backwards in this area.

"Creativity and cultural activity enriches our human condition", the Minister said before a set from Victoria’s finest female soul singer Emma Donovan. ‘’It defines who we are. It changes and reshapes our world. It inspires us, helps us build stronger, more cohesive communities. It increasingly drives new jobs and innovation. Creative State' puts creativity at the heart of Victoria's future."

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CEO Report March 2016

31 Mar 2016

Dear members and subscribers,
 
Thank you to everyone who renewed or became a member for the first time over our recent membership drive.  Congrats to the lucky prize winners who are all listed below.  You will receive your membership packs in the mail over the next week and this monthly newsletter will appear in your inbox at the end of every month. 

Your membership fees don’t just contribute towards state advocacy issues, but national agendas.  Music Vic CEO Patrick Donovan chairs the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), which is a collective of state and territory peak bodies AUS wide. 

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Patrick Donovan's take on Lock Out Laws

24 Feb 2016

There has been a lot of debate recently about the impact of alcohol harm minimisation strategies in Sydney and Queensland.

APRA AMCOS released figures this week revealing an alarming drop in attendees at live music venues in the Sydney CBD Entertainment Precinct, which last year imposed a 1:30am lockout for licensed venues. The report revealed a 32% drop in the value of door charge receipts and a 17% decrease in the value of venue expenditure on live performers. An estimated 15,000 Sydneysiders hit the streets on Sunday to protest the lock-outs and celebrate its diverse culture – nearly six years after Victorians marched for music at Australia's largest cultural protest, the SLAM Rally (Save Live Australia's Music) in Melbourne.

Fearing a similar impact on its live industry from the proposed rollout of similar lock-out laws, Q Music’s Joel Edmondson has bemoaned the lack of the music industry’s voice at the negotiating table and said the crackdown could even threaten the viability of Brisbane’s world-renowned BigSound music conference.
 
At the same time, Professor Peter Miller, from Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies at Deakin University, has quoted a 50% decline in assaults causing actual bodily harm, and a 20% reduction in sexual assaults in the area over that period.
 
Clearly the issue is as serious as it is complex. But the delicate balancing act of ensuring the safety of citizens while protecting the United Nations-sanctioned rights for individuals to enjoy cultural diversity can't be solved with a one size fits all approach. Sensible, targeted approaches to the root causes of this violence are needed. After all, governments don't ban cars to reduce road fatalities; they implement targeted strategies.

So what is the answer? And what does this all mean for the world renowned $1billion Victorian live music industry?

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CEO Report January 2016

29 Jan 2016

Dear members and subscribers,

Music Victoria staff have returned from a brief holiday refreshed and raring to go in 2016.
One of our first projects is the Music Works Regional Audit on behalf of Creative Victoria.  We have hit the road around the state and will be interviewing over 70 musicians, venue bookers, managers and agents who are active in regional Victoria throughout February to map the current state of play and determine what factors can encourage more regional activity.  If we don’t get to you for an interview personally, an online survey will be uploaded in the next week or so to capture your invaluable feedback.

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