Applications open today for Good Music Neighbours, the State  Government program to help Victoria’s live music venues be better neighbours by managing the sound that goes to their local neighbourhoods.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today opened the latest round of the program, which provides music venues with matched funding of up to $25,000 for noise management projects.

So far, the program has supported more than 80 venues across Victoria, from iconic music hotspots like The Corner, The Espy and The Tote Hotel in the inner city, to outer-metro and regional venues from Mornington to Ballarat – as well as helping venues to host live music events and programs for the first time.

Part of the Labor Government’s $22.2 million Music Works initiative, the program has allowed venues to host more gigs to bigger audiences and increase revenue, while ensuring they uphold local noise laws and regulations.

Eligible sound management projects could include installing acoustic insulation or heavy drapes, double-glazing windows, creating air lock entrances or hiring an acoustic consultant.

More than 17 million people soaked up one or more of the 73,000 live music gigs in Victoria in 2017 alone, compared to 62,000 in 2012.

The Labor Government announced last year that Victoria will also stage a huge new music festival, Victoria Live, across the CBD, the suburbs and regional Victoria – kicking off in winter 2020.

Victoria Live will showcase the best the Creative State has to offer, with free and ticketed events ranging from music to workshops and talks, great local food, wine and craft beer.

Applications for this round of the Good Music Neighbours program will open tomorrow to venues across Victoria and close on 7 March.

For more information, including full guidelines and application tips, visit creative.vic.gov.au/gmn