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Contemporary and Live Music Development grant recipients announced

Date: 8 February 2012

Victorian musicians, bands and music organisations are gearing up to make, share and promote local music in the coming year, with support from Arts Victoria's Contemporary and Live Music Development Program.

Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu today announced grants totalling more than $350,000 for 47 new music projects.

"Our music scene is a source of great pride for Victorians and, as recent research confirms, it makes an extraordinary economic, social and cultural contribution to our state. Local musicians are at the very heart of it, and this program aims to help them build and advance their careers," Mr Baillieu said.

"The latest grant recipients span the spectrum of contemporary music - rock, jazz, country, folk, electronic, even Bollywood - including both established names and up-and-comers," Mr Baillieu said.

The Contemporary and Live Music Development program offers grants for recording and promotion, touring and professional travel, and sector development for programs that support, promote and develop the industry more broadly.

Supported projects include:

  • the recording of demos and albums by acts including rock group The Diamond Valley Panthers, folk-pop group Hoy and electronic artists Wooshie and Galapagoose;
  • a national tour jazz ensemble Daimon Brunton Quartet, a UK tour by country-folk artist Carus Thompson and a European and UK tour for punk band King Cannons;
  • Pushsongs 2012, a program of songwriting mentoring and recording opportunities for emerging songwriters, presented by The Push; and
  • live to air performance series on radio stations PBS FM and RRR FM.

"It's great to see a significant number of debut projects and demo recordings featured in this round, showing that Victoria doesn't just have a strong music history, but we can also look forward to a strong future," Mr Baillieu said.

The next round of grants through the Contemporary and Live Music Development program closes on 13 March 2012. For more information, visit the Contemporary and Live Music Development page.

Contemporary and Live Music Development grants

Career building

Australia Asia Foundation on behalf of Kim Hien Dang SOUTHBANK $3,149

Support for the manufacture of a CD of original compositions that use both traditional and contemporary Vietnamese instruments.

Hayley Clare Barberis on behalf of Venus Fire SOUTH MELBOURNE $4,050

Support for the art-pop group Venus Fire to promote the release of their first single The Sound from a five track EP.

Rohan Brooks on behalf of Rudely Interrupted NORTHCOTE $6,000

Support for the ground breaking, intellectually and physically impaired rock band Rudely Interrupted to record an EP entitled Mystery Girl.

Dave Butterworth on behalf of The Diamond Valley Panthers WATSONIA $1,500

Support for Melbourne rock band the Diamond Valley Panthers to record a three-track demo.

Felicity Cripps on behalf of Hoy BRUNSWICK EAST $15,000

Support for folk/pop group Hoy to record and promote their debut album.

Helen Croome on behalf of Gossling HAWTHORN $1,500

Support for Melbourne-based soloist Gossling to produce two demo recordings in preparation for a full-length album.

Luke Davies on behalf of Recycled String Band WANGARATTA $5,835

Support for country-roots group the Recycled String Band to record a new album using recycled and reused materials used to create string instruments.

John Flanagan on behalf of John Flanagan and the Begin Agains THORNBURY $6,845

Support for country band John Flanagan and the Begin Agains to master, manufacture and release their EP Young Minds.

David Gagliardi RICHMOND $5,600

Support for songwriter and multi-instrumentalist David Gagliardi to record a debut album as part of his new solo project - Shade of March.

Trent Gill on behalf of Wooshie and Galapagoose RICHMOND $7,220

Support for a collaboration of electronic artists Wooshie and Galapagoose to record and release their debut album.

Jeremy Gronow GLEN HUNTLY $1,260

Support for country/rock inspired singer-songwriter Jeremy Gronow to record a six track demo.

Cain Horton on behalf of The Evening Son BRUNSWICK WEST $16,680

Support for a four piece rock band The Evening Son to record and release their debut album.

Declan Kelly THORNBURY $3,500

Support for techno/electronic artist Declan Kelly to record and manufacture his sophomore album Dream Kit.

Martin Koszolko on behalf of The Philosophy of Sound BRUNSWICK $7,670

Support for the Philosophy of Sound to master and release a vinyl album of dance and electronic music.

Beatrice Lewis EAST MELBOURNE $5,000

Support for vocalist and cellist Beatrice Lewis to record her debut album And we fall into birds.

Patrick Nicholas on behalf of Royston Vasie MACLEOD $15,000

Support for indie rock band Royston Vasie to record and promote their debut album.

Sam Nolan on behalf of Loon Lake MIDDLE PARK $11,869

Support for garage indie-pop band Loon Lake to record and promote their second EP.

Eva Popov on behalf of Hello Satellites PRESTON $10,970

Support for the recording of the second album by folk outfit Hello Satellites.

Zoe Randell on behalf of Luluc FITZROY NORTH $10,000

Support for Melbourne folk band Luluc to promote their second album Sketches in Song.

Sara Retallick on behalf of Jimmy Tait NORTHCOTE $9,864

Support for the five-piece Melbourne indie pop band Jimmy Tait to record, release and promote their second album.

Jed Rowe on behalf of The Jed Rowe Band KALORAMA $10,000

Support for the promotion of the second album by blues-country trio - The Jed Rowe Band.

Karl Scullin ESSENDON $5,070

Support to record an instrumental Duets album with acclaimed Melbourne musicians.

The Bombay Royale COBURG NORTH $5,506

Support for the Bollywood ensemble The Bombay Royale to promote and release their debut album.

Timothy Willis on behalf of The End MELBOURNE $4,400

Support for jazz ensemble The End to record, mix and master their second album.

Ainslie Wills NORTH MELBOURNE $1,408

Support for folk singer Ainslie Wills to master her debut album These Colours.

Music touring

Leon Appelbee on behalf of Woollen Kits PRESTON $10,251

Support for garage rock band Woollen Kits to tour the USA in support of their debut album.

Carus Thompson ROSEBUD $2,684

Support for country-folk artist Carus Thompson's UK tour to promote his new album Caravan.

Zoe Randell on behalf of Luluc FITZROY NORTH $9,000

Support for folk group Luluc's national tour in support of their second album Sketches in Song.

Daimon Brunton on behalf of Daimon Brunton Quartet NORTHCOTE $7,903

Support for jazz ensemble the Daimon Brunton Quartet's national tour to Canberra, South Australia, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in June and July 2012.

Sean Congues on behalf of Northeast Party House FITZROY $10,000

Support for indie dance outfit, Northeast Party House to tour the east coast of Australia in February and March 2012.

Julian Cue on behalf of Barons of Tang IVANHOE EAST $13,639

Support for jazz group the Barons of Tang to tour New Zealand in February 2012.

Alicia Egan on behalf of Alanna & Alicia NORTHCOTE $8,550

Support for folk duo Alanna & Alicia's national tour and performances at various folk festivals throughout Australia in early 2012.

Carolyn Gannell on behalf of Laura KEW $4,000

Support for independent Melbourne rock band Laura to tour Adelaide, Perth and Hobart to launch their album Twelve Hundred Times in March 2012.

Penny Ikinger SOUTH YARRA $3,484

Support for Penny Ikinger's tour of Japan in collaboration with Japanese band Hallucionz and Deniz Tek for The Cherry Blossom Tour in April 2012.

Justin Keenan on behalf of The Go Set GEELONG WEST $9,000

Support for folk-pop band The Go Set's European tour to promote their fifth studio album in May 2012.

King Cannons PRESTON $15,000

Support for punk band Kings Cannon for a 27-date tour of Europe and the United Kingdom in April to May 2012.

Peter Knight SEDDON $2,000

Support for a professional travel opportunity for composer, trumpeter and Sound Designer Peter Knight to attend the major trade fair jazzahead Expo in Germany, April 2012.

Christian O'Brien on behalf of Alpine BRUNSWICK EAST $9,967

Support for Melbourne indie pop band Alpine's national tour, including regional performances to promote the release of their debut album in March 2012.

Geoffrey O'Connor NORTH MELBOURNE $10,600

Support for folk singer/songwriter Geoffrey O'Connor's headline tour of the USA to build on the release of his debut album Vanity is Forever, in March 2012.

Oh Mercy ORMOND $15,000

Support for Melbourne rock band Oh Mercy to attend South by South West festival in Austin, Texas and perform at the Canadian Music Festival in March 2012.

Sector development


Support for a series of live-to-air performances by established and emerging Victorian artists in 2012.

Deakin University GEELONG $4,425

Support for a Digital Sampling music forum, workshop and showcase for DJ's and sound artists from Geelong and surrounding areas.

Andrew Fuller KINGSVILLE $6,000

Support for Heat Behind the Beat, a three day music business forum to assist artists to manage themselves.

Speak Percussion PRINCES HILL $7,200

Support for the Emerging Artists Program which will bring together young percussionists in a series of collaborative developments, lectures, workshops, rehearsals and performances.


Support for 3PBS FM's inaugural Drive Live performance series featuring emerging and established Melbourne musicians.

Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation PRESTON $10,000

Support for Songlines' annual Share the Spirit Festival, featuring a diverse line-up of Indigenous musicians.

The Push Incorporated BRUNSWICK $8,000

Support for Pushsongs 2012, a program that provides songwriting mentoring, artist support and offers recording facilities to 48 emerging songwriters.

Wagons performing live at 3 RRR FM

Wagons performing live at 3 RRR FM