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Melbourne Live Music Census 2017





The results of the 2012 Live Music Census as well as multiple reports over the last 18 months have shown that Melbourne’s music scene is not only diverse, vibrant and meaningful to its participants but also contributes an incredible amount to the economy.  


Yet there are many challenges to the viability of venues and therefore to the enjoyment of fans and the livelihood of thousands of workers who make Melbourne one of the world’s live music capitals.


In order to maintain the health of our live music culture, Music Victoria, The City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, City of Port Phillip and the students from COLLARTS and RMIT are undertaking a unique project.


On Saturday, 25th of November, teams of volunteers visit every live music venue in the CBD and inner-suburban music precincts to conduct a Live Music Census. They record who’s playing, who’s working, and who’s there to see the gigs.


This information will provide invaluable data that will help drive home the cultural, social and economic importance of live music in this city as it confronts the world-wide tension between live music and inner-urban development issues.


This year’s findings will presented at the international Music Cities conference held in Melbourne, on the 19th and 20th of April, to exemplify the significance of the live music scene in Melbourne. This is Australia’s first time hosting and will be extremely beneficial to our impact internationally.


Your involvement won’t go unrewarded, either. Each survey completed is an entry to a prize draw we’re assembling for participants.


In addition to the data collected on the night volunteers will be encouraging musicians, venue operators and live music attendees to fill out surveys about this night as well as the industry more broadly.


Musician Survey

For any musician who perform live at any venue, whether once a year or every week, including DJs and live producers.


Venue Operator Survey

For anyone who owns or operates a venue that hosts live music; from the occasional acoustic act or DJ to multiple gigs a night.


Audience/Attendee Survey

Attended a venue with live music on the Saturday 25th November? Seen a gig once this year? However frequently you see live music, we want to hear from you!


We’re asking you to complete the survey that applies to you AND to share this link to all the fans and industry colleagues you can think of.

There will also be a Facebook page. Please ‘like’ and share with all your friends.


The more information we collect, the better the case we can put to planners, administrators and decision makers to preserve and promote our wonderful live music scene.

Thanks for your help!


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