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Best Practice Guidelines for Live Music Venues

Music Victoria is excited to announce the addition of a new chapter to the Best Practice Guidelines for Live Music Venues. The new chapter deals with Working with musicians, written by Chelsea Wilson and members of the Music Victoria Artists Advisory Panel. This chapter was originally written by Jen Cloher and members of the Victorian State Government Live Music Roundtable (2012) and has now been expanded upon in 2018.
Music Victoria have also provided sample event documents for artists and venues, which complement the chapter.

This follows on from five new chapters and various updates throughout 2016-2017, including chapters dealing with sexual harassment, hearing protection, venue accessibility, protecting the environment, 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 an evolving 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.

The Guidelines set out the minimum requirements for running a successful live music venue, and provide advice on achieving ‘best practice’ as a live music venue operator.  Best practice can encourage increased patronage and profits, attract high-quality performers, reduce noise complaints and help create one-off live music experiences.

Music Victoria would like to thank Chelsea Wilson and Music Victoria Artists Advisory Panel for contributing their expert advice to the updated edition.

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