The Andrews Labor Government has delivered a boost to Victoria’s contemporary music industry with the announcement of Music Works Grants, a new Creative Victoria program to support musicians, music managers and industry organisations to create, develop and showcase Victorian contemporary music.
Making the announcement last night at a Music Victoria panel on funding, ‘Leaps and Bounds’, Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said the program, part of the Labor Government’s $12.2 million contemporary music package delivered in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget, is an investment in a sector that plays a key role in Victoria’s identity.
Music Works Grants will provide support of up to $75,000 for music projects and programs across all contemporary genres across the state.
The program will support music organisations and practitioners at all career stages, including:
- Creating content: the creation and recording of original musical content
- Building capacity: workshops, masterclasses, industry conferences and professional development opportunities
- Connecting to markets: activities that help the industry win new audiences, including support for regional, national and international touring
Full program details, including guidelines, sample applications and templates, are available at www.creative.vic.gov.au/musicgrants
Music Works Grants will open for applications on 12 July 2015 and close on 12 August. Projects supported in this round can start from 15 November 2015. Applicants are encouraged to speak to Creative Victoria’s music grants team before applying.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley
“Contemporary music plays a key role in our creative industries and the Andrews Labor Government is proud to support Victoria’s contemporary music sector.”
“Music Works Grants are part of our unprecedented investment in the sector in recognition of the important role live music plays in this state, socially, economically and culturally.”
“These grants are not just about creating great new works, but supporting music makers to take the next step in their careers and build their business skills.”