Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Harriet Shing, Labor Member for Eastern Victoria Region today announced a new opportunity for venues across the state to kick start their sound management efforts.

Acoustic assessment reports are important first step in the process of managing and understanding a venue’s sound emissions and provide a roadmap for future noise management works. Unlike the main Good Music Neighbours grant round, no matched funding is required from venues for acoustic assessments.

The Good Music Neighbours Acoustic Assessment Grants are the latest opportunity to come out of the Andrews Labor Government’s $22 million four-year Music Works package, the biggest and most comprehensive investment in the state’s music industry.

This comes as twelve of Victoria’s popular music venues are getting ready to pump up the volume with sound proofing overhauls, thanks to the Labor Government’s latest round of grants aimed at keeping sound loud and clear inside venues and neighbourly outside.

From Collingwood’s home of rock The Tote to The Workers Club Geelong, venues will undergo significant improvements to their facilities including double glazed windows, sound treatment for fire escapes, SEPP N-2 analysis and compliance, new ceiling panels and more.

Other recipients include Bar Open in Fitzroy, Loop and Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne’s CBD, The Beaufort in Carlton, The Thornbury Theatre and Open Studio in Northcote.

The next round of Good Music Neighbours grants open on 25 September 2017, Acoustic Assessment Grants will be available to enable venues to obtain an acoustic assessment report and complete works of up to $7,500.

A full list of the latest funded projects is available at Creative Victoria Website

Quotes attributable to Member for eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing:

“Good Music Neighbours grants have wide-ranging community benefits. They enhance the sound quality at live music venues for musicians and audiences, while minimising noise-related disturbances for neighbours.”

“I encourage all live music venue operators, if they haven’t already, to consider undertaking an acoustic assessment to better understand their sound needs and plan for their future.”