Tuesday, 23 March 2010
THE LINK BETWEEN LIVE MUSIC AND HIGH RISK STILL EXISTS.
THE GOVERNMENT ARE CAUGHT UP IN RED TAPE.
THE DIRECTOR OF LIQUOR LICENSING IS UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT THE DAMAGE TO LIVE MUSIC.
WE MUST CONTINUE TO APPLY PRESSURE TO ENSURE THE LINK IS REMOVED.
The post-rally hard work has begun.
Since Melbourne's devoted music community hit the streets in their tens of thousands for the S.L.A.M Rally in late February, S.L.A.M (Save Live Australia’s Music), Fair Go 4 Live Music and Music Victoria have been working on the implementation of the ‘Live Music Accord’ struck with the Victorian Government.
The first item of business is the rollback of ‘High Risk Conditions’ imposed on licensed music venues. A form now exists for licensed music venues to apply for the removal of these conditions which can be viewed here.
Both S.L.A.M and Fair Go 4 Live Music will continue to work together on the removal of ‘Live and Amplified Music’ in the entire liquor licensing system as is agreed in the Live Music Accord. It is our strong belief that Victoria's musical culture and heritage should not be used as an identifier or viewed as a precondition for violence, anti social behaviour or excessive alcohol consumption.
The link between live music and ‘high risk’ still exists. To remind the Victorian Government of the community concern about the threat to live music, the Fair Go 4 Live Music petition will be presented to Parliament in April by six generations of well-known Victorian musicians. The petition is available to view and download here.
A document will be placed on the S.L.A.M website explaining in more detail the opportunities created by the Live Music Accord. A copy of the Live Music Accord can be viewed here.
At the local Government level, S.L.A.M., Fair Go 4 Live Music and the newly established contemporary music industry peak body Music Victoria have engaged councils to assist in the development of several policy and local Government initiatives, including a public forum with the City of Yarra looking at the needs of live music and the development of a support strategy for the music industry in the City of Melbourne. The latter will include a close look at the policies and initiatives that the City of Austin, aka 'The Live Music Capital of the World', has implemented. This support strategy is being developed by Shane Homan (Monash University) and Dobe Newton (NMIT).
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