Six of Melbourne's Live Music Venues Get Soundproofing Grants
The Victorian state government has announced six venues to share $250,000 in grants to cover the cost of soundproofing. This is part of the Live Music Attenuation Assistance Program which was first announced in June.
Successful applicants are Bakehouse Studios, Bendigo Hotel, Cherry Bar, Ding Dong Lounge, 1000 Pound Bend and Revolver Upstairs. They will be reimbursed for soundproofing works completed or contracted between September 4, 2010 and September 4, 2014.
Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Jane Garrett said, “The Andrews Labor Government is proud to be securing Victoria as the music capital of Australia. Our live music venues are world class and they draw musicians and tourists from around the world.
“These sound proofing grants will allow neighbours to enjoy peace and quiet at home and still embrace the vibrancy of where they live.”
Soundproofing works, such as the installation of acoustic insulation and glazing and air-lock doors and windows, help to cancel or reduce noise from live music venues and its impact on neighbours.
Last year Cherry Bar raised $50,000 from crowd-funding towards sound proofing, and Ding Dong spent about $80,000 already to shut complaining neighbours up.
Grants may also be available for venues where a nearby residential development received a planning permit before the Agent of Change Principle was introduced yet the construction did not commence by September 4, 2014.
The Agent of Change Principle states the onus for soundproofing is now on developers or residents that move near an established venue.