Good Music Neighbours (GMN)

Up to $25,000 is available from GMN to support live music venues and industry to access support to manage their sound attenuation needs.

Good Music Neighbours (GMN)

Good Music Neighbours (GMN)

The Good Music Neighbours (GMN) program is part of a ground up approach to support the venues and industry that add so much to our cultural conversation and to provide meaningful support to our iconic live music sector.



The Victorian Government is committed to supporting Victoria’s world renowned night time economy and to help live music venues and their communities grow and prosper together. The Andrews government has committed to the Good Music Neighbours funding program to invest in the co-habitation of venues and residences in our cities and the peaceful and amicable sharing of our great live music culture.

Managing noise is a costly business, but even small design changes can have dramatic effects to the emission of sound.  The Good Music Neighbours program is part of a ground up approach to support the venues and industry that add so much to our cultural conversation and to provide meaningful support to our iconic live music sector.



Good Music Neighbours aims to:

  • support Victoria’s iconic live music sector and to help it thrive and continue to be accessible.
  • co-invest in responsible design and management of live music sound in Victorian venues to achieve best practice.
  • encourage and diversify the expansion of live music options in the community.



Good Music Neighbours (GMN) Grants offer funding of:

Matched funding for live music entertainment venues for one grant a year up to a total of $25,000 per venue to manage noise within their venues.  Work must commence within twelve months of notification of a successful application.

Levels of support:

  1. up to $5000
  2. $5001 – $15,000
  3. $15,001 – $25,000

Payment will be staggered to the following timelines as per below:

  1. Up to $5,000 – 100% within 28 days of presentation of invoice
  2. $5,001- $15,000 – 75% at beginning (within 28 days of presentation of invoice) and 25% on completion of works
  3. $15,001 – $25,000 – 50% at beginning (within 28 days of presentation of invoice) and 50% on completion of works

All applicants are encouraged to plan for contingencies and consider other funding sources and options should their application be unsuccessful.


Eligible Projects

Good Music Neighbours (GMN) must be used to pay for expenses for buildings or works for sound proofing / noise attenuation measures to minimise noise emissions from live music entertainment venues.

Sound proofing measures that may be supported by the Good Music Neighbours program include (but are not limited to):

  • installing acoustic insulation in walls, ceiling and floors
  • installing acoustic glazing
  • installing sound absorbing materials such as heavy drapes or carpet
  • installing acoustic or air-lock doors or sealing gaps in doors and windows
  • plans or architectural drawings for the venue for any proposed acoustic attenuation measures
  • obtaining sound proofing advice or engaging a professional acoustic expert or sound proofing service
  • obtaining a professional acoustic assessment and plan
  • capital investment in sound equipment (up to $10,000) where a sound attenuation need can be evidenced
  • capital investment in staging support / room design to reduce sound emission

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate how they support achieving better sound management, or contribute to, reach or maintain the requirements of State Environment Protection Policy (Control Of Music Noise From Public Premises) No. N-2 (SEPP N-2) or any other replacement live music sound emission standard.


Eligible Applicants

Live music entertainment venue owners and operators who support best practice management of their live music venues as defined by Victorian Planning Scheme amendment VC120 – Clause 52.43 Live Music and Entertainment Noise.

Priority will be given to venues that:

  • can show a pressing need (for example a series of complaints that can be rectified through design or works)
  • can provide evidence of a commitment to original live music
  • have not previously received support through the Good Music Neighbours program.



Applications close 7 June 2017.


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Media Release

Live music venues have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $25,000 to support sound proofing and sound reduction projects.

Applications are now open for the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Good Music Neighbours program, which offers matched funding for projects that will help venues to control the level of sound that emanates from their venue into the surrounding neighborhood.

Part of the Labor Government’s landmark $22 million Music Works program, Good Music Neighbours supports venues to strike the balance between maintaining premium quality sound for audiences and performers, and managing external noise levels for the benefit of surrounding residents and businesses.

Last year 26 venues across Victoria, ranging from the iconic Tote Hotel to Gippsland’s historic Bundalaguah and Myrtlebank Hall, shared in more than $270,000 in grants through the program.

Projects supported included acoustic assessments, installing double glazing and creating air lock entrances as well as the installation of sound absorbing furnishings.

Good Music Neighbours is delivered as a partnership between the Government, Music Victoria and the National Live Music Office. Grants can support venues to create new live music spaces or to update existing spaces to meet the latest guidelines. Grants must be matched with an equal contribution from the venue.

Applications are now open and close on Wednesday 7 June 2017. For more information visit:

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