Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Sound support for live music venues

    18/01/2006 1:00 AM

    Music venues which support live bands will be eligible for funding to address problems caused by excessive sound levels.

    Culture and Arts Minister Sheila McHale announced that $250,000 funding would be spent supporting Western Australia’s thriving music industry by ensuring venues could continue to support live band performances.

    “The success of WA’s music industry is widely acclaimed with bands such as Eskimo Joe experiencing unprecedented international success,” Ms McHale said.

    “This initiative will support venues who have a history of support for live contemporary music deal with sound issues.

    “Funding will be offered to upgrade sound equipment, purchase sound reduction equipment such as limiters and acoustic panels or prepare sound management plans.

    “This will help create a balance between securing opportunities for live music, while ensuring a pleasant environment for people who live and work near music venues.”

    The Minister said the initiative, called the Sound Attenuation Support Program (SASP), would provide dollar-for-dollar funding of up to $50,000 per project.

    “The Government understands live music venues need to be viable and we have recommended several strategies, including reviewing existing legislation and developing special noise zones,” she said.

    “The initiative is another example of the Gallop Government’s $5million commitment to developing WA’s contemporary music sector.”

    Applications for the SASP close on Friday, April 14. Guidelines and application forms are available from the Department of Culture and the Arts website, or from the Sound Attenuation Program Officer on 9224 7300.

    Minister's office: 9213 6900