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Small venues are the heart of the live music industry.

Melbourne is one of the great live music capitals of the world.

  • The economic contribution in  2011 was $501million and created 17200 jobs just in small venues (Deloitte)
  • The Greater Melbourne area boasts 465 live music venues, which is one venue per 8,915 residents, more than New York, Paris, London, Berlin and Tokyo
  • There are 197 regional venues in Victoria which are a source of regional competitive advantage

We LOVE community radio.

Victoria is the home Triple R (3RRR 102.7FM), PBS 106.7FM, SYN and 3CR  -  probably the highest community broadcasting membership per capita in the world  (definitely highest in AU)

Victoria has a lot of music festivals.

There are an estimated 350 festivals that feature live music (including the Laneway Festival, which takes place in Singapore), making it one of the biggest music festivals states in the world. This is including Port Fairy which has been around for 40 years and Queenscliff which has been around for 20.

Our dance music scene is thriving.

Victoria has an incredibly diverse music scene that is not all guitar based; local DJ Will Sparks promoted Melbourne’s own global dance craze, known as ‘’The Melbourne Bounce’’.

Victorian's are passionate.

SLAM (Save Live Australia’s Music) rally - Victorians love live music so much that in 2010, 20,000 people marched in Australia’s largest cultural rally protesting about laws that linked live music to violence.

Victoria has a supportive Government.

Victoria has some of the world’s most supportive music-related laws and strategies. The Victorian Government was the first in the world to legislate the Agent of Change laws state-wide, which protect existing venues form complaints from encroaching neighbours.