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CEO report March 2015

23 Mar 2015

G’day members and subscribers,

Welcome to another membership drive!

We are really proud of what we have achieved over the last 12 months. There was pushing the Agent of Change legislation and red tape cuts through, successfully advocating for state political parties to endorse our Position Paper ahead of the election, 25 workshops, and two fantastic awards nights celebrating our diverse music scene.

So if you have been a member this past year, thank you, your fees helped us achieve these results. If you are a subscriber, there’s been no better time to join Music Victoria.
We have some amazing new discounts on offer for members, including a $30 Uber credit for first rides for all Music Victoria members signed and paid up by April 2.

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CEO report February 2015

26 Feb 2015

Hi Folks,
 
March is one of the busiest months for us, with three professional development workshops in Geelong, Airey’s Inlet and Oakleigh (see details below), before our membership drive kicks off on March 23. We have been working hard on some great new discounts for touring bands to offer you even more value for your membership fees ($33 for individuals, $66 for bands) so keep an eye out on our website for new offers over the next month.
 
We have also had some of our favourite musicians come to Yarraville Kindred Studios to participate in a cool short video promoting Victorian music and telling fellow musicians why they should join up. Keep an eye out on the website and our socials.
 
We are very excited about celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Age Music Victoria Awards this year. We will be holding two events this year: the Age Music Victoria Awards 2015, presented by Triple R and PBS at 170 Russell in late November, will celebrate both the Genre and Public Awards for the year. And we will be holding a one off tenth anniversary Hall of Fame induction show at another venue in mid-November, with a big announcement to be made in late April. Stay tuned.

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CEO report January 2015

29 Jan 2015

We’ve got a spring in our step as we enter a new year under a new Government which has dedicated almost $40million to contemporary music. While the detail is currently being worked out, and it won’t be rolled out until the second half of the year, the broad categories are outlined in the Creative Victoria Minister Martin Foley’s letter to Music Victoria.  

There’s going to be unprecedented financial support for musicians, labels, community radio, non-for-profits, export programs and tourism programs, so start thinking about building your case so you are ready to apply for grants once the funding is approved at the May State Budget.

Congratulations to the Victorian acts that made the Australian Music Prize shortlist and triple j Hottest 100 lists this month. Seven of the nine albums shortlisted for the 10th Coopers AMP Australian album of the year hail from Victoria. Chet Faker capped a stellar year by also taking out the top spot of the triple j Hottest 100. 12 Victorian artists made it to the list, with 20 entries between them. Remi also leads the 6th Rolling StoneAustralia Awards with four nominations.

It’s going to be a big year. With Music Victoria’s four year strategic plan set to expire shortly, the board of directors will be gathering in two weeks’ time to draft a new strategic plan that will act as a roadmap for Music Victoria for the next few years.

You’ll be hearing more from us during our annual Membership Drive from 23rd March to 2nd April, and we are excited to once again be involved with the Leaps & Bounds Music Festival in the City of Yarra from 3rd to 19th July. We are also currently in discussions about celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Age Music Victoria Awards in November.

We look forward to working with and representing you in 2015

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CEO report December 2014

18 Dec 2014

It’s been quite a year.

Finally getting the Agent of Change Principle over the line, and Daddy Cool agreeing to be inducted into The Age Music Victoria Awards were highlights. Throw in deregulation of all ages gigs; the release of the first ever Regional Live Music Census and Action Plan; working with five regional councils on their first ever music strategies; a statewide building code exemption for small and medium sized venues; more than a dozen great professional development workshops; and another cracking The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards; and we have a lot to celebrate in 2014 on behalf of the Victoria music industry.

I would like to thank our hard working staff Bek Duke, Belinda Collins, Laurie Wearne, and Laura Faulkner for their hard work this year, as well as our dynamic board members, Victorian Music Council members, education committee members, student committee members and all our great volunteers.

And now we are in for a golden era for contemporary music.

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CEO report November 2014

27 Nov 2014

With the Victorian State election just days away, all political parties have outlined their commitments to contemporary music which we have presented on our 2014 Victorian State Election Report Card. The card is now complete and we are thrilled at how many of our recommendations are supported by each party.
Congratulations to all of the Victorian winners from the recent The Age Music Victoria Awards, ARIA Awards, J Awards, and Screen Music Awards.

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CEO report October 2014

31 Oct 2014

What an exciting month we have coming up, with only four weeks to the state election; and the Face the Music industry conference; Australasian Worldwide Music Expo (AWME); Melbourne Music Week; The Age Music Victoria Awards with Daddy Cool; and Airplay! with bands at Melbourne Airport all landing in between.

We have presented our industry position paper to the Government, the Opposition, The Greens, The Basic Rock ‘n’ Roll Party, and the Australian Sex Party, and put up an Election Report Card on our website, so we can score the parties on their policy commitments at this election.

At the Face the Music conference we will present several panels on everything from music & politics, to regional touring, press kits, and will also celebrate the careers of Daddy Cool and fellow 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, music journalist Ed Nimmervoll, in a photo exhibition at the Arts Centre. Remember, Music Victoria members get a 10% discount off tickets for Face The Music – drop us an email at info@musicvictoria.com.au and ask for your special discount code.  

Congratulations to this year’s winners at the Age Music Victoria Genre Awards: Chet Faker, Charles Jenkins, Evelyn Morris, Black Jesus Experience, Greg Dodd & The Hoodoo Men, Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes, Cookin’ on 3 Burners, Anton Delecca Quartet, Briggs, Ausmuteants and The Deans.

The nominees for the Age Music Victoria 11 public-voted awards were also announced at the genre awards ceremony. Vote for your favourite Victorian music of the year at theage.com.au/agemusicvictoriaawards by Friday 14th November. Who will be take home Best Album, Best Song, Best Band etc? You decide who wins!

Music Victoria, City of Melbourne and Melbourne Airport are pleased to again present Airplay! with live music at Melbourne Airport this November. Music Victoria will be booking Victorian acts all year round at the airport, so you never know who you will run into on your next airport visit.

We had a great turnout at our AGM on Thursday 30th October, and are pleased to announce the election to the board of Barry Williams (our current Treasurer); musician/booker/manager Justin Rudge; and venue owner Tim Northeast (Corner Hotel, Northcote Social Club). Congrats to the new board members! 

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CEO report September / October 2014

7 Oct 2014

There’s been a bit happening recently in the Music Victoria camp.

Music Victoria has posted a Victorian State Election Report Card to assess and compare the various parties’ commitments and support for contemporary music over the last four years. We will list their commitments to the sector for the next four years as they release them over the next 10 weeks, so watch this space. The aim of this is to assist Victorians in making an informed choice at the 29th November state election. We encourage all music fans to keep checking in on the report card which we will update as policies are released.

News of Victoria’s Agent of Change planning reform for live music venues has now spread to the UK, with local UK music groups using the reform framework to lobby their own government. They say “Agent of Change is so obvious and common sense that most people are amazed it isn't already part of UK law. In Australia it's already being adopted, and the outcome is improved planning; venues working alongside their communities to manage their noise when it changes, developers making better residences that are fit for purpose”. Read their petition here (with over 27,000 signatures so far).

The good management of music noise is a key interest for Music Victoria and the music industry, and we welcome the current review of the State Environment Protection Policy (Control of Music Noise from Public Premises) - SEPP N-2 via the EPA (Environment Protection Authority).  Comments are open from the public until 15th October. Have your say – more info at the EPA site.  

One of Music Victoria's key objectives is to support development of Victoria’s regional music scene to improve economic and social outcomes in the regions. We’ve developed and published a Regional Live Music Action Plan – have a read of it here.

We have also just announced the nominees for the 2014 The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards. View the excellent nominees here. Winners are announced on Thursday 16th October. Stay tuned on details of how to vote in the public awards, too.

Hope to see you all at our Annual General Meeting on 30th October. Come meet the staff and Board of Music Victoria, as well as your fellow members. Make sure your membership is paid up by 13th October if you want to vote for the Board member elections at the AGM. 

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CEO report August 2014

27 Aug 2014

Now that the regulatory landscape looks like being fixed to allow live music venues to thrive - although small venues with low margins such as the legendary Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club, which announced that it will close next June, are a reminder of the fragile nature of the business - Music Victoria is turning its attention back to the rights of the most important people – the musicians.

Thanks to those of you who filled out our recent survey about how Music Victoria can best support musicians and the music industry. We’ll be collating the results shortly, and one lucky respondent will win themselves a pass to the Face the Music conference in November (conference details including the first keynote speaker will be announced tomorrow!).  

There are several music surveys and research projects under way at the moment, covering a range of issues such as musicians’ income, health and safety, copyright, travel issues, expenditure at gigs, and the EPA noise reviews. Want to be heard? Check the full story below for various survey links and have your say!

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CEO report July 2014

4 Aug 2014

Two of the goals for Music Victoria this year were to persuade the legendary Daddy Cool to “Come Back Again” and accept an induction into The Age Music Victoria Awards Hall of Fame with a special performance, and to persuade the State Government that the Agent of Change Principle was not only common sense, but essential to protect our thriving live music scene. 

Both wishes have come true. We announced Daddy Cool’s induction in The Age last Friday, and the show at at 170 Russell on Wednesday 19th November is well on the way to selling out (the Music Victoria members pre-sale was exhausted over the weekend – see you there!).

Once again The EG Allstars house band will fire up, with guests including Russell Morris, Stonefield, Jess Cornelius (Teeth & Tongue) jumping up to sing one of their own songs from this year, as well as a song from the Daddy Cool era. Davey Lane will also play tribute to the late Jim Keays. Tickets to The Age Music Victoria Awards 2014 are $50+bf via 170Russell.com. Get in quick as they are on the way to selling out already!

Now onto the issue of live music reform. As announced today in The Age, the Victorian Government will shortly make changes to planning regulation that will enshrine Agent of Change in planning law. Alongside SLAM and FairGo4LiveMusic, Music Victoria has been working on this reform since it released the Industry Position Paper to the Live Music Roundtable in 2012, yet some of our policy team have been trying to push it through since 2003. 

The Government’s package features five components, with the first two involve liquor licensing and planning laws recognising the Agent of Change Principle. While the Labor Government introduced the principle in 2004, it was just a practice note and didn’t have enforceable legislative teeth. Once gazetted (hopefully next month), live music will have its own “particular provision” to ensure that the Agent of Change applies state-wide.

Overall, it’s a great package and a big win for the music industry. We have a live music community in Victoria worth protecting, and by addressing the issues in our 2012 position paper, the Government has listened and acted on our recommendations.

But there are some important fine details that we need to work on with the Government to ensure that all of our members are captured by this reform, particularly around the Particular Provision and the definition of live music, so that rehearsal studios can be saved from encroaching development. After all, they are an essential feeder into the live music chain and a crucial part of the music eco-system.   

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CEO report June 2014

27 Jun 2014

Kids (and older siblings and parents) – it’s time to party!

In a special afternoon event at Collingwood’s Gasometer Hotel on Sunday July 6, Client Liaison and Animaux take to the stage for the first all ages gig in a Victorian pub for over 20 years.

Come and celebrate with Client Liaison and Animaux on Sunday 6th July from 2.30 to 6pm at the Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith Street Collingwood (on the corner of Alexander Parade). Tickets are just $10+ booking fee through Oztix or at the door.

The all ages gig is just one of the many exciting events Music Victoria is running during the upcoming City of Yarra Leaps & Bounds Music Festival, which kicks off on Friday 4th July. We are holding a special information day for City of Yarra Venues on Tuesday 15th July, as well as two great workshops on metal and hardcore music and grants and funding.

Music Victoria has been busy working on our Regional Live Music Action Plan to stimulate the regional touring circuit, and had a positive meeting with the Government about supporting it. We have also been meeting with industry representatives and councils in Geelong and Bendigo about assisting with local live music strategies to stimulate and better co-ordinate their local scenes. 

Congratulations to all the Victorian winners at this weeks’ APRA Awards, and to the successful Victorian recipients of grants from The Seed Fund and Arts Victoria.

Donate to Music Victoria before June 30th! All donations of $2 and over to Music Victoria are tax deductible. Your support is fundamental to the future of Music Victoria and the work we do in the music community. 

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CEO report May 2014

28 May 2014

Some members of the music sector have been concerned about recent reports that the EPA (Environment Protection Authority) has been surveying residents about noise complaints in relation to music venues without empirical evidence to back it up. The industry can rest assured that it was just a preliminary step to gather some evidence from the community about their experience of noise. The full review of the noise SEPP (State Environment Protection Policy) - the first review in 25 years - will involve thorough public consultation and many opportunities to hear directly from both punters and venue operators. Music Victoria will also be running a workshop with the EPA and the City of Yarra on Tuesday 15th July to update venues on the review, as well as another workshop in regional Victoria in August. Also in July, City of Yarra, Leaps & Bounds Music Festival and Music Victoria will be hosting a free masterclass for venue operators by acoustic consultant Frank Butera from engineers Arup, and also announcing exciting new initiatives for Yarra live music venue operators registered with the Leaps & Bounds Festival.

Music Victoria received a much-needed funding boost last week from the Liquor Licensing Commission to continue its work on the Victorian Live Music Roundtable for another year, including the Agent of Change issue, the EPA review, and industry representation through membership on the Liquor Control Advisory Council. We know that it is getting more and more difficult for any group in society to receive government funding, particularly in light of the Federal Budget cuts, and we don’t take this recent funding boost for granted. We will continue to bust a gut to ensure this is a very wise investment with strong outcomes for artists, venues and the whole state.

Music Victoria has just updated our free Melbourne Music City app with updated venues, festival listings, resources, and new features including a gig guide via Eventfinder, and videos. Thanks to Eventfinder and to Small Studio for setting up the gig guide. Download the free app for your smartphone or iPad and check it out. Venues are opening and closing all the time, so let us know if your favourite venue or festival is missing.  

Congratulations to drummer Bart Willoughby on receiving a Fellowship as part of the Australia Council’s National Indigenous Arts Awards, held at the Sydney Opera House this week. Willoughby, who founded No Fixed Address in the 1970s and is now a member of the Black Arm Band, was the first Indigenous artist to record on the Melbourne Town Hall grand organ.

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CEO report April 2014

1 May 2014 CEO report April 2014

Thank you to everyone who renewed their memberships during our recent membership drive or joined up as a new Music Victoria financial member for the first time. You, your band, business or friends can still join up and check out all of the membership benefits. Big thanks especially to those who signed up as Platinum supporters – The Corner Hotel, Banks Group, Cherry Bar, and Kindred Studios. We appreciate all your support!

Thank you also to members of our Student Committee who have been volunteering in the office making up your new membership cards. The cards will be in the mail shortly!

Music Victoria launched the second annual Leaps & Bounds Festival recently. The festival takes place Friday 4th until Sunday 20th Julyin and around venues and spaces in the City of Yarra, from The Corner Hotel (the largest venue in the area) to Longplay (one of the smallest). At the Leaps and Bounds launch, the Yarra Mayor Jackie Fristacky announced that the Council pledged to work with peak music bodies to develop new ways to support live music venues facing compliance and operating issues.

The ABC launched its new re-branded digital station, Double J, on Tuesday. The new format will be a boon for Victorian artists who don’t fit the younger demographic of youth broadcaster Triple J. Check it out online, on your digital TV or through the ABC app.

This year’s National Indigenous Music Awards were announced at Federation Square this morning. Any indigenous artists can enter the awards, and winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Darwin on 15th August. Artists can nominate at the National Indigenous Music Awards website.

Nominations are also now open for the Deadly Awards which are celebrating 20 years of highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement and excellence on a national stage in 2014, across music, sport, the arts and community. You can nominate at deadlys.com.au/nominate. 

Did you know that Music Victoria was involved in over 23 skills development workshops, information sessions and discussion panels last year? We will be hosting two more workshops as part of the Leaps and Bounds festival - one focussed on Metal and the heavier end of music (Wednesday 9th July), and one on the ever-popular topic of grants and funding (Wednesday 16th July). Keep an eye on the Music Victoria website or our Facebook page for forthcoming details on panellists and how to book your spot.

Read the full report here.

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