Melbourne’s Yarra City Council has just announced that it will be starting an initiative to give venues in Melbourne’s north and inner-eastern suburbs parking permits to issue to bands so as to avoid parking fees.
Starting later this year the initiative will be focussed on venues in suburbs like Richmond, Collingwood and Fitzroy, allowing musicians to park in loading zones while unloading their gear. With bands often having to sacrifice their gig fee to the parking inspectors, this sort of initiative is yet another positive move on the council’s part, following their decision that live music doesn’t cause violence a few weeks ago.
Set up by Music Victoria, a newly created industry peak body, the deal has been described ina quote to Mess + Noise by the body’s CEO Patrick Donovan as ‘exactly the kind of grassroots initiative we will be hoping to promote under our Best Practice Live Music Charter.’
With more project like this in the pipeline, including the installment of permanent display boards for people to legally post up posters and flyers, Melbourne’s thriving music scene looks set to blossom even further int he coming years.