Footscray’s Phoenix Youth Hub is preparing to let the music play thanks to a $25,000 grant through the Andrews Government’s Good Music Neighbours program. Local hotspot The Night Heron will also receive $1,174 through this funding.

Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP announced the grant which will support the Youth Hub to repair and upgrade the soundproofing in the walls and ceiling of the Bunker space, reducing impact on residents and improving sound quality within the venue. The Night Heron will use their funding to complete sound attenuation works for internal spaces, including the application of acoustic tiles on the ceiling and walls at locations of initial sound reflection, and the installation of an air lock door leading to the external courtyard.

The Phoenix Youth Hub and Night Heron are two of 15 Victorian venues to be supported in the latest round of the program, which supports venues to make improvements and manage their sound in line with the latest regulations and best practice guidelines.

The Good Music Neighbours program is part of the Labor Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative which aims to strengthen Victoria’s contemporary music industry at all levels.

This initiative supports the diverse professionals, organisations, businesses and events that make up Victoria’s renowned music industry.

Since its launch in 2016 the Good Music Neighbours program has provided support to venues across the state to undertake sound management projects.

Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP

“Live music is a fixture of Footscray, and this Good Music Neighbours grant provides practical support to two local institutions to help them build their capacities, and strengthen their live music program.”

“Good sound management is a win for everyone – it makes things better for musicians, venue operators and the surrounding neighbourhood.”