The Curtin pub and live music venue in Carlton has just announced their building is being sold, most likely for apartments.
This is just one of Melbourne’s iconic live music venues that are at imminent risk of closure due to the pressures of COVID-19.
Live music venues were the first to have to close during the pandemic, and while many other venues were able to open, most live music rooms have had to operate at less than 50% capacity for months.
The State Government must do more to ensure that we don’t lose Melbourne’s iconic live music scene.
Add your name to the urgent call for the Victorian Labor Government to support live music with:
- Automatic emergency funding for live music venues if COVID restrictions mean they can’t viably open
- Support for the industry to bring back skilled workers who have been lost due to the pandemic
- Meaningful consultation with live music and theatre venues on a plan for recovery
- Funding to future-proof theatres and live music venues, such as improving ventilation to keep us all safe
- State Government intervention to protect important venues like The Curtin from being turned into apartments
Header image: Julian Meehan.