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Victoria Rocks Music to the Ears of Winning Artists

Date: 9 July 2010

Artists across Victoria’s vibrant contemporary music scene have been awarded grants of more than $500,000 through the Victorian Government’s Victoria Rocks   program.

Announcing the latest grants at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar, Premier John Brumby said the Victoria Rocks program provided direct support to musicians and bands and aimed to strengthen the local contemporary music industry.

“Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s musical heartland is built on the energy, persistence, talent and passion of our local musicians and bands,” Mr Brumby said.

“We are committed to supporting local artists to ensure our vibrant music scene continues to grow and that’s why we established Victoria Rocks.

“Victoria Rocks has a great track record and we are proud to say has helped launch or further the careers of some of Victoria’s most exciting music acts – from Dan Sultan to The Temper Trap.

“Victoria Rocks is designed to provide a leg up to musicians to help them reach the next level of their career – whether that means producing a demo, implementing a publicity campaign, attending an industry conference or playing on the international festival circuit.

“Since its launch in 2007, the Victoria Rocks program has provided more than $2.2 million to the grass roots of Victoria’s music scene, helping musicians and bands in a very practical way to reach the next stage of their careers.”

Highlights from the latest funding round include:

  • National tours by Chloe Hall, Oh Mercy, and The Paradise Motel;
  • International tours by Rudely Interrupted, Coco’s Lunch, OTouto, Logic and Rapskillion;
  • Professional travel grants for Matthew Hall, Natalie Bell and Dobe Newton who will lead the charge of Australian country music artists heading to the Americana Music Festival in Nashville later this year;
  • Strategic partnership projects including the Digital Pill on-line music learning hub, and new programs by Speak Percussion, and the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative.
  • New recordings from the Daniel Gassin Sextet, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Laura and The Little Stevies; and
  • $150,000 towards the Australasian World Music Expo to be held in Melbourne in November;
  • A series of scholarships to enable Victorian musicians and their managers to attend key music business conferences.

Arts Minister Peter Batchelor said the latest round of grants reflected the diversity of Victoria’s music scene.

“This program is so exciting because it covers such a broad spectrum of genres and supports both established acts and up-and-coming musicians and bands,” Mr Batchelor said.

“Our contemporary music sector is forever growing and evolving and this round runs the gamut of contemporary music from rock to folk and jazz, all the way to vaudevillian gypsy.”

The Victoria Rocks   program was launched in July 2007 as part of a $7.1 million Victorian Government contemporary music package.

Mr Batchelor said based on the success of the first three years of the program the Government extended its commitment in the 2010 State Budget for another three years.

“We have had some fantastic success stories to date and I look forward to seeing this latest crop of projects come to fruition,” he said.

For more on this Victoria Rocks program visit www.arts.vic.gov.au/victoriarocks.



Andrews, Benjamin, Glen Iris, $12,950

For the mixing and mastering of My Disco’s third full length self-titled album.

Buscombe, Kris, Brunswick, $7,584

For the recording of the second album by Melbourne art rock band, Witch Hats.    

Gannell, Carolyn, Kew, $15,000

For the recording of the third studio album by Melbourne band Laura. The album will be complemented with a national and international tour as well as a publicity campaign.                

Gassin, Daniel, Brunswick, $8,493

For the recording of The Daniel Gassin Sextet’s debut album.                 

Lyngcoln, Thomas, Windsor, $7,800

For the recording and mastering of the debut album by Harmony, a new group led by The Nation Blue's front man Tom Lyngcoln.

Mann, Oliver, Brunswick, $1,500

For the production of a demo for the 3rd solo album by composer and vocalist Oliver Mann.

Mann, Paddy, Carlton, $15,000

For the recording of a new live album by ten-piece ensemble, Grand Salvo, including an accompanying animated film.

Murray, Andrew, Northcote, $2,792

For the mastering of a full length album by 16-piece band ATM 15. The album will be complemented by a statewide tour in October 2010.

Plazzer, Maryanne, Brunswick, $7,884

For a national publicity campaign to promote In My Dreams, the debut album by emerging Melbourne band Rezzalp.                    

Saxe, Jamie, Tecoma, $9,000

For the production of the The Mighty Buzznicks’ second album consisting of 13 new songs targeted at 4-10 year olds.                           

Secret Fox Pty Ltd, Surrey Hills, $14,850

For the recording of Skipping Girl Vinegar’s second album.

Speak Percussion, Princes Hill, $5,900

For the recording and release a new large-scale work by marimba duo, Driftwood.

Stephen, Sibylla, Box Hill North, $16,000

To record, mix and master the second album by The Little Stevies. This will include a publicity campaign across multiple media platforms and the project will be supported by international touring.

Vigo, Kate, Brunswick West, $14,600

To record Kate Vigo’s sophomore album. This album represents a new sound with the artist moving into the pop-rock genre.                

Whitehead, Adrian, South Yarra, $9,647

For the recording, mixing and mastering of Adrian Whitehead's second full-length album.

Wilks, Sarah, North Melbourne, $1,000

For a demo recording by Wigwam, the new project for multi-instrumentalist Sarah Wilks.


Brooks, Rohan, Northcote, $15,000

For a 25 day, 10 city, North American festival tour by Rudely Interrupted during June 2010, to promote their debut album and feature length documentary.

Brown, Hazel, Clifton Hill, $12,209

For Victorian outfit Otouto to undertake a 29 date tour to North America in September and October 2010, in support of their debut album.

Cowan, Sara, Brunswick, $14,602

For a tour of the European festival circuit by Vaudevillian gypsy band, Rapskallion from June 2010, to solidify opportunities and contacts made from previous touring in similar territories.

Schack-Arnott, Matthias, Williamstown, $3,000

For performances by Quiver Ensemble at the Other Film Festival, and the Audio Pollen experimental music festival in July and August 2010.

Ughetti, Eugene, Yarraville, $9,000

For Speak Percussion’s 10th Anniversary national tour in key venues in the Australian Capital Territory, Western Australia, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales in September and October 2010.

Venerosa, Nisa, Fitzroy, $10,000

For an American tour by Fabulous Diamonds in May and June 2010 to support their second album release, distributed through well respected Australian record label Chapter Music, and prestigious label Siltbreeze in the United States.

Wilson, Tim, Nunawading, $15,000

For a three week tour of Asia in October 2010 by Logic, including performances at the Hong Kong International Jazz Festival, Jarasum International Jazz Festival in Korea, Taichung International Jazz Festival in Taiwan, "JZ" Club in Shangai, and workshops at universities in Japan and Hong Kong.

Bickford, Charles, Clifton Hill, $7,530.00

Seminal Melbourne band Paradise Motel will embark on a national tour playing in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart in September/October 2010.

Cue, Julian, Ivanhoe East, $10,000

Support for an extensive national tour for Barons Of Tang to promote the release of their second EP in October 2010.

Davis, Matthew, Northcote, $5,000

Support for Matt Davis to travel to strategic meetings and performances at Performing Arts Festival TanzPlan Ost with Battle Royale in Liechtenstein Germany with a view to future collaborations and performance opportunities in wider Europe.

Finch, Nicholas, North Melbourne, $11,700

Support for "Horror" Country band Graveyard Train’s 20 day UK and European tour during August and September. Highlights include performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and The Great Country Swindle music event in Berlin

Hall, Chloe, Northcote, $14,938

Support towards the Chloe Hall Trio’s four month, 40 date tour to the United Kingdom to consolidate and build on previous touring in the same territory.

McGregor, Peta, Clifton Hill, $9,577

Performances by Coco’s Lunch at the Polyfollia 4th World Showcase and Marketplace for Choral Singing in Normandy, France.

Milefire Management Pty Ltd , East St Kilda, $5,326

Support for the attendance at Big Sound Music industry conference in Brisbane in September 2010 by Natalie Bell, for the purpose of building networks for Milefire Management and their client Oh Mercy.

Milefire Management Pty Ltd, East St Kilda, $782

Funding towards a national Australian tour by Oh Mercy supporting the Middle East, to promote their new EP release in September and October 2010.

Newton, Dobe, North Fitzroy, $2,973

Support for international travel and accommodation relating to the Americana Music conference and festival.

Rusbridge, Tania, Golden Square, $2,681

Funding towards the AKR Banana Bending Tour 2010 of regional and metropolitan Queensland to introduce children to live rock music in August 2010.


Dale, Leo, West Footscray, $10,000

For the development of the Digital Pill music portal. Digital Pill gives viewers access to range of accomplished Victorian musicians who discuss their careers in music and present on-line tutorials.

Melbourne Jazz Co-operative, Bentleigh, $10,000

To support for two pilot positions, a Marketing and Publicity officer and an Administration officer, to help strengthen the Victorian contemporary original and improvised jazz scene.

Speak Percussion, Princes Hill, $6,500

For the advertising costs, travel and artists fees associated with the development of a new mentorship pilot program for emerging percussionists. Over a two week period in September and October 2010, participants will attend lectures, workshops, lessons and rehearsals with established composers, culminating in a live performance and recording.

The Push Incorporated, Brunswick, $9,800

Support for The Push’s annual music industry conference for emerging Victorian musicians, Face The Music, held in November 2010. The , now in its third year, specifically addresses the needs of emerging musicians from metropolitan and regional areas, providing information, educational and networking opportunities.

Australasian World Music Expo, Yarraville, $150,000

Support for the Australasian World Music Expo in November 2010. Presented by Terrasphere Productions, the Expo aims to promote the quality and diversity of world music artists and performers from the Australasian region to growing world markets. The program combines trade fair, conference, public festival and showcasing components.

Victoria Rocks Scholarships

One Movement, Perth, 8-10 October 2010                                        $4,500
Big Sound, Brisbane, 8-10 September 2010                                      $4,500
Sound Summit, Newcastle, 30 September – 4 October 2010           $4,500
Face the Music, Melbourne, 19-20 November 2010                           $1,500

Schallmachine 06. A Swiss / Australian collaboration of sound and percussion. Eugene Ughetti (Speak Percussion) in the Labyrinth beneath Federation Square. 2006.

Schallmachine 06. A Swiss / Australian collaboration of sound and percussion. Eugene Ughetti (Speak Percussion) in the Labyrinth beneath Federation Square. 2006.