Music Victoria today released an updated version of the Victorian Live Music Best Practice Guide with new chapters on dealing with sexual harassment, hearing protection, hosting all ages gigs, planning law reform and copyright compliance.
The guidelines were developed in 2012 by representatives of the music industry and state government through the Live Music Roundtable to assist Victoria’s live music venues to lead the way. It is important that it is a fluid document with regular updates reflecting changes in the live landscape.
Topics already covered by the guidelines include managing sound to maintaining a positive relationship with neighbours, providing a safe environment for patrons, staff and musicians to enjoy the live music experience, and building long term working relationships with musicians.
As well as outlining the minimum requirements for running a live music venue, the guidelines provide advice on achieving ‘best practice’ as a live music venue operator, which can lead to increasing patronage and profits, attracting high-quality performers, reducing noise complaints and help create one-off live music experiences.
‘’Victoria has one of the strongest live scenes in the world, and it’s a testament to the work carried out by the Live Music Roundtable, that some of its initiatives, such as the Agent of Change principle, and a Live Music Best Practice Guide, have been recently adopted by London and Adelaide”
Music Victoria CEO
‘’We consider the safety of female musicians, staff and music fans, as well as hearing loss prevention, to be two of the most important issues in live music at the moment, so it was timely to update the guide with new chapters covering these issues’’ added Music Victoria chairman and multiple venue owner Tim Northeast. “We encourage as many venues as possible to use this free guide to assist the operation of their business.’’
“The Andrews Labor Government proudly supports the Victorian live music industry and acknowledges its well deserved reputation as a live music capital, nationally and internationally. These best practice guidelines will ensure that our live music industry continues to prosper and be an inspiring and safe place for musicians and patrons alike.”
Jane Garrett MP
Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming & Liquor Regulation
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