• music

1 February 2016

Ten recipients will share $52,032 in the latest round of Music Works Quick Response Grants, with 50% of the grants going to women in the music industry.

Ten recipients will share $52,032 in the latest round of Music Works Quick Response Grants, with 50% of the grants going to women in the music industry.

Launched in 2015 as part of the Victorian Government's ground-breaking Music Works initiative, Quick Response Grants help to fill the gaps in contemporary music funding.

Supporting activities such as attendance at trade fairs and conferences, speaking engagements, participation in skills development workshops, and local and international touring opportunities, the grants enable Victorian contemporary musicians and industry personnel to take advantage of unplanned career enabling opportunities that fall outside the biannual Music Works Grants deadlines.

The January round of Quick Response Grants will take all-female rock outfit Stonefield to SXSW ahead of a North American tour. Oh Pep! will also tour the USA and attend SXSW, while folk artist Krista Polvere attends the Folk Alliance International Conference. Demi Louise will attend SXSW and explore songwriting collaboration opportunities overseas.

Closer to home, composer and performer Jennifer Kingwell will receive support to bring her original production The Lotus Eaters to the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

The January round of Quick Response Grants includes music industry professionals from across the rock, alternative, blues, folk, alt-country and experimental spectrum.

January 2016 Music Works Grant Recipients 

Role Model Artists      Albert Park      $5,000
To attend SXSW 2016 and develop opportunities for Role Model Artists in the international market

Stonefield      Darraweit Guim      $10,000                                                         
To attend SXSW 2016

John Durr on behalf  of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society      Melbourne      $3,000                                                       
To present Dreamboogie and Miss Whiskey at The International Blues Challenge

Justin Dwyer      Elwood      $4,645                                                           
To attend the Banff Convergence Residency

Krista Polvere      Port Melbourne      $4,900                                                           
To attend the Folk Alliance International Conference

Nicholas Marks      Armadale      $5,000                                                           
To attend specialised intensive mentorships in advanced composition and improvisation in Tel Aviv and New York

Brent Hayhurst      Rowville      $4,937                                                          
To attend the Folk Alliance International Conference for professional artist management development

Jennifer Kingwell      Hawthorn      $2,550                                                           
To present The Lotus Eaters at Adelaide Fringe 2016

Demi Barton      Ballan      $2,000                                                          
For Demi Louise to attend SXSW 2016 and take part in collaborative songwriting sessions in the USA

Oh Pep!      Collingwood      $10,000                                                         
To attend SXSW and tour the USA