1 Sep 2022

Music Victoria launch 2022 white paper – Priorities for the Victorian Music Industry.

Music Victoria have just released a comprehensive White Paper into the Victorian music industry. It looks into the state of the industry and where we can go from here. It has some chilling stats:

  • 1 in 4 gigs are unpaid – Musicians Australia
  • Only 15% felt safe at work – Support Act (May 2022)
  • Only 47% of the venues licensed for live music in 2019, have so far renewed their licenses for 2021/2022.

It also has some positive recommendations and achievable actions, including:

  • Establish investment schemes by providing offsets and incentives to leverage new investment and stimulate demand for local music content and all ages environments.
  • Embed, and budget for, minimum fees and diversity benchmarks across local, state and federal government music grants and engagement opportunities including the licensing of Victorian music.
  • Resource future focused industry up-skilling including opportunities for capacity building, formal accreditation, and the delivery of high need training courses and professional development programs

There is more information on the Music Victoria website and a download link to the whole report:

Photograph by Josh Brnjac


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