A growing number of websites provide search facilities for venues across a wide range of entertainment areas. Specific music-related databases are harder to find, although it is reasonable to anticipate that this will change. Meanwhile, these compilations help produce a picture of the structure of the music sector in terms of its composition including genres and geography.
The most advanced specific database is MusicNSW’s VROOM – Venue Resource of Original Music. It has been described by an impartial MCA councillor as
A great resource to the entire music industry … ultimately designed to be a one-stop central resource.
Some other websites are briefly described in a subsequent section.
According to the VROOM website,
Musician Tracy Redhead conceived the VROOM idea after spending many years touring the country, feeling that free accessible venue information would greatly help artists and venues alike. “The most consuming part of touring is finding venues and places to tour,” says Tracy “It costs so much money in phone calls alone to research venues but if this info was easily accessible it will save musicians, booking agents, promoters and managers heaps of time and money.” Upon presenting her idea of an online venue database to MusicNSW, VROOM was born and the project began its development.
Other contributions to the subject are invited.
Hans Hoegh-Guldberg. Last revised 25 June 2007.