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Music Victoria Announces Successful 2020 Live Music Professionals Participants

12 May 2020 Music Victoria Announces Successful 2020 Live Music Professionals Participants

Music Victoria’s Live Music Professionals program will run for a fourth year in 2020. The free professional and business development program for independent promoters, venue owners, venue managers and band bookers aims at supporting live music businesses from across the state of Victoria. This year the program will support and connect both the new 2020 cohort but also extend and open its digital series of keynotes, masterclasses and workshops to the 60 alumni and wider live music sector ...

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Music Victoria offering free memberships until the end of the Financial Year

4 May 2020 Music Victoria offering free memberships until the end of the Financial Year

Victoria’s peak body for contemporary music Music Victoria is offering support during the COVID-19 crisis by offering FREE one year memberships! This offer is open from Monday 4th of May – Tuesday 30th of June 2020. 

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SOUND CHECK by Support Act: Patrick Donovan - Music Victoria

29 Apr 2020Support Act's Industry Relations and Partnerships Manager Luke O'Connor is joined by Patrick Donovan, CEO of Music Victoria. Together Luke and Patrick discuss the first days of COVID-19 and the industry's immediate response, Patrick's career as a lover and performer of and advocate for ... Read More

Music Victoria Announce Free online Professional Development series

9 Apr 2020

We are pleased to announce a variety of professional development and open forum Ask Us Anything events, all free to access...

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Dear Prime Minister: Creative industries unite to secure Australia's cultural future

27 Mar 2020

Over 50 of Australia’s leading arts, creative, cultural and entertainment industry bodies have united to send a clear message to the Prime Minister: act now to ensure that Australia’s cultural life survives COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Venues Update

25 Mar 2020

Music Victoria is extremely concerned about the impact Covid-19 and the restriction and subsequent banning of non-essential public gatherings is having on live music venues.

We will regularly consult with - and update - venues on key concerns and developments, and raise issues with relevant businesses and authorities.

Below is a current update as of 24 March:

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Premier's announcement: Guidance on non-essential closures

23 Mar 2020

In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government will implement a shutdown or restriction of non-essential activity (including entertainment venues) across our state to help combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Victorian Government announce Economic Survival Package To Support Businesses And Jobs

21 Mar 2020

Today, the Victorian Government announced an Economic Survival Package To Support Businesses And Jobs.

Music Victoria is happy that the State Government has addressed some of the urgent needs of the live music venue sector with relief on payroll tax and liquor licensing fees and financial support for businesses and workers.

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We're 'sending out an SOS'

#SoundOfSilenceau is a national campaign initiative from the music world asking music fans to donate to @Support Act – an Australian music charity that provides crisis relief services to artist crew and workers. 
Together, we can help support those who are suffering a severe loss of income that has come with widespread cancellations of festivals, concerts, shows, and local gigs.
Go to to find out how you can support and donate today.

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Our famed music venues could disappear if we don't act

19 Mar 2020 Our famed music venues could disappear if we don't act

Victoria’s world-famous live music sector has been plunged into darkness.

Live music income – the major source of earnings for most Victorian acts these days – has pretty much dried up overnight at our 553 live music venues.

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Music Victoria COVID-19 Update

19 Mar 2020

Amidst this COVID-19 crisis, the staff of Music Victoria want to provide you with an update on our activities and to let you know that we're here for you and we're working behind the scenes and in the media to support our members and all affected in the music community by these devastating developments.

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18 Mar 2020

Australia’s arts and entertainment industry is on the brink of collapse and needs all the
help it can get.

The Morrison Government has to come up with a plan. If they don’t do something soon,
tens of thousands of people will lose their livelihoods. It’s not just artists and performers –
it’s everyone who works behind the scenes to put on live entertainment, from technicians
and roadies to security guards and stall workers.

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