History Making Grants To Celebrate Our Music Heritage

23 January 2017

A concert that will rock the Melbourne Town Hall and an audio walking tour exploring Chrissy Amphlett’s childhood in Geelong are among the five music history projects that have been supported through the first round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Rockin’ The Laneways program.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley today announced the five grant recipients that will share in more than $80,000 to undertake projects that celebrate, or uncover Victoria’s music history.

Part of the Labor Government’s $22.2 million Music Works initiative, the program invited applications for projects across the state that brought Victoria’s music history to life in new and innovative ways, enlivened public spaces and created a draw card for music lovers from near and far.

The supported projects include:

  • The creation of a digital map that explores significant music sites in Ballarat
  • A concert that will reimagine the many famous performances that have graced the stage at the Melbourne Town Hall
  • A music and art festival that explores the music heritage of the Mornington Peninsula
  • An audio walking tour that explores the life of Chrissy Amphlett, taking in sites in Geelong and Melbourne
  • An online documentary and accompanying walking tour of St Kilda that will highlight the role the seaside suburb has played in the development of Australian jazz culture

While the projects take a look at the past, each is all about the present. The projects will involve more than 40 Victorian musicians working alongside more than 90 people currently working music industry.

Applications for the next round of Rockin’ The Laneways will close on 20 March 2017 for projects and activities taking place from 1 July 2017.

For details of the supported projects visit Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“We’re proud to support these diverse projects that use creativity to celebrate and immerse audiences in our music history and heritage.”

“Our music scene is a great drawcard for our state and these projects will provide broader opportunities to discover why we have the reputation as the home and hub for Australian music.”

“There is so much from our music past to be proud of and these projects show that Victorians and visitors to our state have many more music experiences to look forward to now and into the future.”


Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Kaye Blum, $20,000

Project location: St Kilda

Development and release of St Kilda & All That Jazz, a digital documentary and music heritage tour that will include an interactive map pointing out key locations of St Kilda's jazz history from the 1920's until today.

Art Gallery of Ballarat, $20,000

Project location: Ballarat (project will be online)

Development of Ballarat SongWays Music Mapping, a comprehensive digital map of spaces that have links to Ballarat's rich musical heritage.

Swell, $14,000

Project location: Mornington Peninsula

Presentation of Swell 3.0, a music and art event that will explore and celebrate the live music heritage of the Mornington Peninsula.

Jessica Adams, $2,214

Project location: Melbourne and Geelong

Development of a Chrissy Amphlett Melbourne Podcast Tour, an mp3 audio walking tour that will start at Amphlett Lane in the Melbourne CBD and will take users to places of significance in Chrissy Amphlett's life around both Melbourne and in her hometown, Geelong.

City of Melbourne, $25,000

Project location: Melbourne

Presentation of Pause, Rewind - A Melbourne Town Hall Retrospective, an evening of performances that will pay tribute to the music legends that have graced the stage of Melbourne Town Hall.

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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