Music Victoria announces Top 10 Victorian Councils for Music

Posted 29 March 2017

Music Victoria is thrilled to recognise Victoria’s leading music municipalities with the release of its inaugural Top 10 Victorian Councils for Music list.

Music Victoria acknowledges the effort of these councils, in particular the top ranked metro and regional councils, including the City of Greater Geelong, in striving to ensure that live music and the arts is well-represented in their area.

The 2017 Top 10 Victorian Councils for Music (in alphabetical order) are:

  • City of Ballarat
  • City of Darebin
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • City of Melbourne
  • Moreland City Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • City of Port Phillip
  • City of Stonnington
  • City of Yarra

The criteria for selecting leading music councils includes (but is not limited to):

  • Leading the way in developing and implementing strategic plans for contemporary music in their community.
  • Providing grants and other programs for contemporary music.
  • Curating, supporting and funding local music festivals.
  • Offering use of council facilities for local musicians.
  • Involvement in, and contribution to, the Victorian music community.

Music Victoria chair Tim Northeast said: ‘’Congratulations to the seven metropolitan and three regional councils that have made the inaugural list. We look forward to working with councils to help deliver more music strategies and new councils making the list in the near future.’’

In 2016 Music Victoria surveyed 2,000 candidates in 79 municipalities asking them to commit to undertaking an audit and strategy of their music community. Of those candidates, 85% committed to supporting a music strategy in their municipality.  51% believe that funding is currently not adequate for music in their municipality and 97% of those candidates agree they would support an increase in funding. Likewise, 98% of candidates have pledged support for increased use of council facilities and buildings in which music events can be held.

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