All funds raised will go towards direct campaign costs for Save Our Scene with any surplus donated to Support Act.
There is no roadmap to reopening Victorian music venues.
The current roadmap ends at a 1 person per four metres square density quotient for venues, which is a fraction of our normal licensed capacity. You can have up to 150 people, but only if your venue is over 600 square metres - that's the Forum. Most venues cannot open at all at that level, and no venue can trade sustainably.
If we do not protect our live music venues and clubs, if we do not work towards a “Covid normal” in which live music venues and clubs can trade sustainably, there will be nowhere for musicians to perform when the dust settles. Audio engineers, lighting technicians, tour managers, roadies, venue managers, PA and backline companies, venue staff, bookers, promoters, managers, publicists, and a vast network of other professionals in the music industry will not be able to earn a living.
Audiences will not be able to go out every night to experience live music: to dance together, to cheer, to have their hearts lifted up.
Melbourne will no longer be the Live Music Capital of the World.
Save Our Scene is a grassroots collective of Victorian venues. We have come together to petition the State Government to protect our live music and club sector by putting us on the roadmap to reopening, and supporting our industry until we get there.