27 May 2016
Nine Victorian musicians, a record label, and a management agency will take up national and international opportunities thanks to the latest round of our Music Works Quick Response Grants.
Grant recipients include local label Barely Dressed Records, which receives funding to attend the 2016 Indie Week event in New York City; singer-songwriter Sophia Brous, who will use her grant to attend a collaboration and showcase opportunity in Berlin plus meetings with international presenters for her Lullaby Movement Song Cycle, a performance work exploring lullaby ritual from around the world; and hip-hop artist Birdz, who receives funding to join the Funkoars on a national tour.
Complementing our main Music Works Grants program, Quick Response Grants enable contemporary music artists and organisations take up significant career or business opportunities that arise at short notice and outside our bi-annual funding rounds. This includes activities such as local and international tour invites, professional development workshops, and trade fairs/conferences.
This latest round provides a total of almost $47,000 in funding.
Details of the next round of Music Works Quick Response Grants program will be posted on our website soon.
May 2016 Quick Response Grants Recipients:
Barely Dressed Records, $3,500
To attend Indie Week in New York City in June 2016.
Alastair Burns, $5,000
For a career development trip including attendance at Liverpool Sound City Music Festival, shows in the US with Marlon Williams and Sam Beam (Iron & Wine), plus networking across Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
Custom-Made Touring & Artist Representation Pty Ltd, $4,827
For a management trip to the USA on behalf of CW Stoneking's album release and tour.
Henry Wagons, $3,605
To play The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee, showcases in LA, and travel to Nashville with his manager to attend networking meetings.
Becki Whitton, $2,410
To attend creative development opportunities at Music Tech Fest in Berlin in late May 2016.
Sophia Brous, $5,000
For a collaboration and showcase opportunity in Berlin plus meetings with international presenters for her Lullaby Movement Song Cycle, a performance work exploring lullaby ritual from around the world.
Nathan Bird, $4,020
For Birdz to support Funkoars on its national 'Mad As Hell' tour.
Benjamin Skepper, $5,000
For a research residency/mentorship at the Moscow Conservatory of Music.
D.D Dumbo, $4,384
For a UK/European tour.
Darren Hart, $5,000
For the artist Harts to undertake a European album launch tour.
For hip-hop artist Baro to provide main support to Elizabeth Rose on her national tour.