Melbourne has always been known for its rich musical culture, its live music venues and for developing well known international artists and a number of successful community radio stations. Creative Victoria even has the stats on our success here.
Music lovers in Melbourne are some of the luckiest, with the State Library of Victoria providing access to downloading services such as Naxos, the largest classical music library in the world and Freegal which includes seven million tracks covering over 28,000 record labels from all over the world.
Melbournians are also lucky to be in close proximity to some of the best live music venues with rich histories and an alumni list that would impress and surprise most musos. Venues such as The Espy, The Old Bar, The Forum, 170 Russell and more. And if you can’t make it to any of these venues, you’ll surely be able to find a live performance on the streets of Melbourne, with a large community of buskers that contribute to the culture of the city.
For those listening at home, there is an array of community stations providing a voice to unheard communities in the city. 3CR describe themselves as a “media space enabling progressive communities to voice ideas and build their power to create social change", RRR, as “here to serve our community of listeners and offer them a genuine, intelligent and considered alternative”, and PBS as “showcasing the diversity of contemporary music and supports emerging local bands and musicians”, all have played an essential role in shaping Melbourne’s music soundscape.
In order to develop music for our community radios, many artists work with Community Music Victoria. This volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation facilitates the development of the skills, opportunities and networks necessary for high quality participatory music-making experiences.
All of this is made possible by Music Victoria. Music Victoria is an independent, not-for-profit organisation and the state peak body for contemporary music that represents musicians, venues, music businesses and professionals, and music lovers across the contemporary Victorian music community. Music Victoria provides advocacy on behalf of the music sector, actively supports the development of the Victorian music community, and celebrates and promotes Victorian music. They also work in association with Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) which aims to connects and represent the state and territory music industry development associations of Australia, networking with interstate organisations and connecting us to the broader Australian music community.