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11 November 2015

Victorian musicians, bands, music festivals, venues and industry events will share in more than $700,000 as the Music Works program continues to boost the local industry and the state's reputation as Australia's live music heartland.

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley joined the crowd at The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016 to make the announcement and celebrate a year of success for local contemporary music.

The latest funding – part of the Victorian Government's $12.2 million Music Works  – comprises:

  • $604,078 for 46 projects through the inaugural round of the new Music Works Grants program;
  • $50,000 to support the 2015 industry development conference, Face the Music, which will be held in Melbourne from 13-14 November, and;
  • $50,000 to support a new partnership with Sounds Australia to increase export opportunities for Victorian musicians. The funding will support Victorian musicians and industry workers to participate in Sounds Australia programs in 2016, including professional development events and international showcase opportunities.

Music Works Grants provide grassroots support for local talent, including regional tours, debut albums, international showcases and professional development opportunities. The supported projects span all genres of contemporary music and involve musicians and bands such as hip hop artist Philly, punk outfit Deaf Wish, alternative pop artist Olympia, the Milk Records collective and indie rock act Art of Fighting. The projects also include support for festivals, independent record labels, online music business training and music media programs.

The Music Works Grants program aims to support Victoria's contemporary music industry to create new content, build capacity and business skills and connect Victorian music to markets – both local and across the globe.

Music Works Grant Recipients

Adam Curley – Gold Class FITZROY $15,000
A USA tour by Gold Class which will incorporate showcases and participation in professional development forums at the prestigious music event South By Southwest in Austin, Texas

Adam Gorton CARLTON NORTH $12,050
The marketing and promotion of Peep Tempel's third album in North America and Europe

Adrian Rafter - Milwaukee Banks FITZROY $6,250
A national tour in November to support the release of Milwaukee Banks' debut album

Art of Fighting FITZROY NORTH $13,900
The recording of a new album with an accompanying marketing campaign and national tour

Association of Artists Managers (AAM) NEWTOWN $7,985
A program of intensive skills development workshops for Victorian artist managers

Bad Apples Music Pty Ltd RESERVOIR $8,000
A skills development program by Bad Apples Music, a new Indigenous owned and run record label founded by hip hop artist Briggs that will nurture, develop and provide opportunities for emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists

Beaches COBURG $10,000
The recording of a new double album 'Double Good'

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival inc. KENNINGTON $15,000
The presentation of the 2016 Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival, a four day program of performances and workshops throughout Bendigo and surrounding towns

Brooke Russell FITZROY NORTH $5,496
A professional development trip to Nashville USA to undertake songwriting and mentoring with industry professionals, and cultivate publishing and touring opportunities

By The Meadow IRREWARRA $20,000
The presentation of the 2016 By The Meadow music festival in Bambra, Victoria

C Kikos & M Syawish FRANKSTON SOUTH $7,550
The vinyl and digital release of a two part compilation album showcasing the work of independent progressive electronic artists from across Australia

Charlotte Abroms CREMORNE $9,270
The live recording and filming of 'Naked', the debut EP by HOWQUA in the iconic Forum Theatre

Chelsea Wilson BRUNSWICK $15,500
The recording of her second album titled 'Workout Music'

City of Yarra ABBOTSFORD $40,000
The presentation of Especially Brought To You, a series of gigs, professional development events and curated performances as part of the 2016 Leaps and Bounds Music Festival

Claire Cross CARNEGIE $7,000
The development of business skills and new work under the mentorship of American musician and composer Shane Endsley

Dan Luscombe NORTHCOTE $25,000
A pilot program to establish a high quality recording studio, with experienced musicians and an engineer, which will assist artists on minimal budgets to create new work

David Gagliardi FITZROY NORTH $2,500
The mastering and vinyl pressing of One Second, an EP by alternative outfit Heads of Charm

Deaf Ambitions BRUNSWICK $10,000
The production and promotion of the debut LP by Crepes

Deaf Wish ABBOTSFORD $13,730
A 2016 European tour

Domini Forster IVANHOE $11,395
The production and release of 'Raven', a full-length studio album

Eva Popov HEIDELBERG HEIGHTS $4,526
The recording, mixing, mastering and presentation of a new album 'The Bright Face Song Series' by Hello Satellites

Fraser A Gorman BRUNSWICK EAST $12,860
The recording of his second studio album

Good Manners Music COLLINGWOOD $10,150
A networking tour which will see label owners and music managers associated with Good Manners Music travel to the USA to make connections and represent their artists ahead of planned tours in 2016

Hayley Foster COBURG $13,000
The recording of an EP by Tanzer with an accompanying music video, publicity campaign and launch

Henry Wagons CARLTON $17,263
A tour of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA in support of his debut solo album

Jess Cornelius BRUNSWICK $13,000
The recording, mixing and mastering of 'Give Up Your Health', a new album by Teeth & Tongue

Jordan Lockett ST KILDA/PORT FAIRY $8,000
A collaboration between local musicians and artists to create an album that tells the stories of the characters and history of Port Fairy. The album will also feature a book of the lyrics with an accompanying piece of artwork by a local artist

Milk Records THORNBURY $15,000
The presentation of a tour featuring a selection of Milk Records artists - including Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher and Fraser A Gorman - across Victoria, Adelaide, Sydney, East Coast NSW and Brisbane

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Oscar Jimenez BRUNSWICK EAST $11,430
The production and release of 'Ethiopia Meets Colombia in Melbourne', a collaborative project between acclaimed Ethiopian-born singer and songwriter Nhatty Man and Colombian-born musician, producer and label manager Oscar Jimenez

Murat Yucel FITZROY $34,000
The recording, production and launch of the debut album by Bashka featuring artists from Australia and Turkey

Nicholas Clarke ELTHAM $30,000
'ABABCd' an online music program featuring four emerging acts that play live to a studio audience

Olympia BRUNSWICK EAST $10,000
A national headline tour in February and March 2016

Paradise Music Festival DOCKLANDS/PARADISE $15,000
The presentation of the 2016 Paradise Music Festival

Peter Knight SEDDON $4,000
The composition and production of his first solo release on an international label

Philly BRUNSWICK $15,000
The recording, production and release of a debut album and the creation of an online profile via a dedicated website

Progressive Broadcasting Service Cooperative Limited (PBS FM) COLLINGWOOD $9,313
The presentation of 'Drive Live', a series of live-to-air performances and interviews on over one week on PBS-FM

Ravens Nest Consulting Pty Ltd SEAFORD $35,000
The creation of a series of on-line learning modules for Victorian musicians and industry workers to learn about the structure, processes and business practices of the Australian music industry

Rebecca Freeman BRUNSWICK EAST $8,360
The production of 'Going Steady, Susan', the second release by Sui Zhen

Seamus O'Sullivan BRUNSWICK $5,000
The recording of the third full length album by the Bakersfield Glee Club along with a Victoria/NSW tour

Solitaire Recordings CAULFIELD NORTH $13,000
An international promotional campaign to support the release of albums by six Solitaire Recordings artists in 2016

Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation on behalf of Mary Mihelakos FITZROY NORTH $20,000
'The Buried Country Roadshow', a concert and tour based on the 2000 book, film and CD of the same name, that celebrates and showcases the history of Aboriginal country music

Sophie Koh BRUNSWICK $8,000
The production of an animated music video for the song 'Yellow Rose' to coincide with the release of the single, the first from her upcoming album

The Little Stevies COLLINGWOOD $17,500
The recording of an album aimed at children and young families by The Teeny Tiny Stevies, a side project of alt-folk-pop band The Little Stevies

The Nation Blue WINDSOR $5,252
The further recording and mastering of two full length albums in regional Victoria set for release in 2016

Tiny Little Houses CARLTON $8,940
The recording, mixing and mastering of a new EP

Velmo Pty Ltd CLIFTON HILL $4,858
The design, construction and installation of a new stage at Some Velvet Morning, a small established music venue in Clifton Hill