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Good Music Neighbours is a Creative Victoria matched funding opportunity for live music venues to access support to manage their sound attenuation needs.

Live music venues can apply for up to $25,000 per venue in matched funding

For full Good Music Neighbours information head to Creative Victoria here.

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting Victoria’s world renowned night time economy and to help live music venues and their communities to grow and prosper together. The Andrews government has committed to the Good Music Neighbours funding program to invest in the co-habitation of venues and residences in our cities and the peaceful and amicable sharing of our great live music culture.

Settlement trends over recent years are increasing the level of residential development in mixed-use areas, particularly in the inner city. While this creates more efficient and vibrant environments, close proximity between residential and entertainment uses can sometimes cause conflict.

Managing noise is a costly business, but even small design changes can have dramatic effects to the emission of sound. The Good Music Neighbours program is part of a ground up approach to support the venues and industry that add so much to our cultural conversation and to provide meaningful support to our iconic live music sector.

The Good Music Neighbours grants helps venues be proactive about sound management and offer up to $25,000 per venue in matched funding.

The Good Music Neighbours program’s aims are:

  1. To support Victoria's iconic live music sector and to help it thrive and continue to be accessible
  2. To co-invest in responsible design and management of live music sound in live music venues to achieve best practice
  3. To encourage and diversify the expansion of live music options in the community 

Who can apply?

Good Music Neighbours accepts applications from live music entertainment venue owners and operators who support best practice management of their live music venues as defined by the planning schedule (direct link to a PDF hosted by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning).

Priority will be given to venues that:

  • demonstrate a pressing need for noise attenuation measures (for example, where a venue has received a series of noise complaints that may be rectified through proposed works or measures)
  • demonstrate an ongoing commitment to original live music

Please Note:

  • Creative Victoria will only accept one application per applicant (including under auspice) in each funding round.
  • Auspice bodies may apply on behalf of multiple applicants.
  • State-owned cultural agencies and organisations receiving funding through Creative Victoria's Organisations Investment Program are not eligible (except where acting as an auspice body).

  • building or other works that are unrelated to acoustic attenuation or sound management
  • projects where the venue is not making a cash contribution of at least 50% of the total project budget
  • applications for venues where owners or operators have already received funding under the Good Music Neighbours program up to $25,000

Good Music Neighbours Grants offer matched funding for live music venues for one grant a year up to a total of $25,000 per venue to manage noise within their venues.  Work must commence within twelve months of the notification of offer.

 Businesses which currently have no live music may only apply for funding up to $5,000 for acoustic design or advice.

Round opens: 7 February 2019 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round closes:
5pm, 7 March 2019

For activity commencing from 1 June 2019. It takes approximately 12 weeks from the closing date until funding results are available.

Up to $25,000 per venue in matched funding.


Please subscribe to the Music Victoria's newsletter to keep informed about Good Music Neighbours funding or visit Creative Victoria's Website



Kaushali Seneviratne
Senior Arts Office, Contemporary Music
Creative Victoria
Ph: +61 3 8683 3106




Good Music Neighbours is a Victorian Government initiative.