Melbourne Music Symposium promoted at Canada Music Week and Music Cities Convention via Music Advisory Committee members Patrick Donovan and Ian James.
Americana Music Festival, United States 2015 via Melbourne Music Magazine
Status: Year Two - September 2015
Melbourne Music Symposium, Face the Music Conference and Melbourne Music Week 2015.
Status: Year Two – November 2015
Task 3:Investigate the potential to attract a major international academically focused music industry conference to Melbourne, using the concept of Melbourne as a music city as the central theme. Ensure any new conference does not replicate existing industry events.
Inaugural Melbourne Music Symposium to be held in November 2015
Working group established in October 2014. Group will continue to work with City of Melbourne in lead up the event and post event on outcomes and recommendations.
Year Three Council Action Plan 2015-2016
Task 4:Look to utilise the City of Melbourne’s own marketing platforms to allow live music venue operators and events companies to list their gigs and events on the website.
Melbourne Music News.
Subscription link sent to music businesses and stakeholders.
Music News will be sent on a bi-monthly basis.
Task 5: Investigate strategic alliances with other music cities around the world to reinforce Melbourne’s global reputation as a music capital city.
Melbourne Music Symposium November 2015
Workshop: Explore the interconnectivity of global music cities – How music cities can work for the betterment of all.
Status: Year Two - November 2015
Task 6: Work with Music Victoria and the Victorian Government to investigate Melbourne’s eligibility to join the Creative Cities Network as a UNESCO City of Music to recognise Melbourne’s rich musical heritage.
Melbourne not eligible to be a UNESCO City of Music
Promotion and Positioning
Action 6. Continue to develop Melbourne Music week as a way of celebrating and supporting the city’s music industry.
Task 1: City of Melbourne, in consultation with the music industry, will continue to build a five year vision for the Melbourne Music Week event.
December 2014: MMW conducted a survey with attendees and event partners to capture feedback and inform the design of 2015 program.
94 per cent positive experience rating (attendees).
91 per cent likely to participate in Melbourne Music Week again (partners).
Factors driving satisfaction (attendees and partners):
Creativity of the program
Locations where events were held
Marketing and promotion.
Key strategic priorities derived from survey results:
Task 1: Contribute to appropriate industry and state-based initiatives into researching the feasibility of a dedicated music space in the City of Melbourne particularly those that leverage off on any previous research into such a space or other options to create “critical mass” in the music sector.
Music Hub Workshop held in February 2015.
Feedback from Music Advisory Committee and desktop research on other music hub models.
Feedback and research provided to Creative Victoria.
Update from Creative Victoria on Music Works package and industry consultation plans given at Music Advisory Committee Meeting on 11 June 2015.
Ongoing updates to be provided by Creative Victoria.
Funding and Support
Action10. Compile an industry toolkit for the music community, setting out useful information about presenting music in the City of Melbourne.
Task 1:Work with the industry to develop a Music Industry Toolkit to equip operators, musicians and new entrants in the sector to better prepare and do business in the City of Melbourne.
Website updated with Music Industry Resources page.
Feedback from Committee sought and provided to Corporate Affairs and Strategic Marketing branch to implement where possible, in line with City of Melbourne website upgrade.
Work with APRA/AMCOS and PPCA on a strategy for notifying event organisers and retail and hospitality businesses of their obligations when using recorded music.
Task 2:Ensure this toolkit and all music related information is located in a central point on the City of Melbourne’s website.
Located in the music section of the website.
In line with City of Melbourne website upgrade.
Music Resources page to be included in first edition of Melbourne Music News.
Funding and Support
Action 11. Create more awareness of the City of Melbourne’s existing funding programs within the music industry.
Task 1: Work with the Music Advisory Committee to develop a marketing strategy for Council small business, arts and culture and other grants to better communicate to musicians and music businesses what funding options are available through the City of Melbourne existing grants programs.
Status: Complete for year one. Ongoing for years two and three.
Policy Reform and Advocacy
Action 13. Continue to review the regulatory framework governing live music venues.
Task 1:Continue to work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with regards to State Environment Protection Policy No.2 (SEPP-N2 - Control of Music Noise from Public Places) review, which includes better incorporating the principle of agent of change into SEPP N2.
Worked with the EPA with regards to SEPP N-2 review
Prepared and submitted a CoM Submission on the EPA Noise SEPPs discussion paper, which was on public consultation in October 2014.
The EPA’s Review of Noise SEPPs is still underway and the second round of consultation is expected sometime during 2015. CoM will continue to work with the EPA and will contribute in the next round of consultation.
Task 2: Continue to work with Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) on the proposed changes to State planning provisions, which includes implementing the principle of agent of change into Victoria’s planning system.
Worked with DTPLI on the proposed changes to State Planning provisions.
On 4 September 2014, the Minister for Planning approved a Planning Scheme Amendment which implements the ‘agent-of-change’ principle in a new state-wide planning provision – Clause 52.43 – Live Music and Entertainment Noise
DTPLI also were drafting guidelines to assist with the implementation of the new planning provision, however these have not been released.
After the state election last year, DTPLI became the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). CoM continues to stay engaged with DEWLP on the work they are doing for live music in Melbourne.
Task 3: Continue to investigate whether any amendments to the Melbourne Planning Scheme are needed in light of the review work of the EPA in relation to noise legislation and the DTPLI in relation to Live Music Venues.
Continue to monitor development planners’ experience with applying the new state planning provision (52.43) and continue to investigate whether any further amendments are required to the Melbourne Planning Scheme.
Task 4: Seek City of Melbourne representation on the Live Music Roundtable.
Dependent on State Government’s decision to continue Live Music Roundtable.
Action 17. Continue to capture, evaluate and quantify the City of Melbourne’s existing music-related events, grants and programs.
Task 1: Work across the City of Melbourne to evaluate and quantify all the existing music related activities, events, grants and programs that City of Melbourne undertake to support music and measure trends on a yearly basis.
Data collating system developed and in place for grants and funding programs.
Evaluate trends towards end of 15/16 when enough data has been collated to show increase or decline in music related funding.
Action 18. Work with other national, state and city-based agencies to gather data and research the industry.
Task 1: Work with the National Live Music Office and other capital cities on research projects that are nationally focused and other joint projects covering common issues to gather data and better understand the economic and cultural value of live music in Melbourne and Australia.
Research report The Economic and Cultural Value of Live Music in Australia 2014 due for release in August 2015.
Evaluate the best method to continue gathering data on the contribution of live music in Melbourne on a regular basis, utilising the tools and methodologies in this report.