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18 August 2017

Victorian musicians will travel to Bigsound and beyond, thanks to a $62,000 funding boost through the Music Works Quick Response program.

Jess Cornelius (Teeth & Tongue)

Jess Cornelius (Teeth & Tongue)

15 artists and industry professionals will receive Quick Response grants, which are designed to support an agile and responsive contemporary music industry, allowing music industry professionals to  take up significant career or business opportunities that arise outside of Music Works Major Funding rounds.

Quick Response grants will support a contingent of Victorian artists showcasing at the 2017 Bigsound music conference next month, including folk pop artists Jess Ribiero and Laura Jean, and acclaimed indie rock act RVG.

As Australia’s premier music industry conference, Bigsound offers showcasing artists the opportunity to connect with key industry personnel from around the country and overseas, including label managers and booking agents, plus venue and festival programmers.

Further grants will help Victorian artists to take up exciting opportunities overseas, with Jess Cornelius  (Teeth & Tongue) set to join Paul Kelly for a 25-date tour of the US and Canada.

Electronic artist Cleopold will undertake an extensive North American tour with Com Truise and Nosaj Thing, while Zulya and The Children of the Underground will travel to Samarkand in Uzbekistan to participate in the UNESCO-sponsored Sharq Taronalari festival of world music.

A full list of recipients follows.

Read more about Music Works Quick Response grants

MUSIC WORKS QUICK RESPONSE GRANT RECIPIENTS

Lowtide, $10,000
Shoegaze/indie act Lowtide will embark on a European tour including a performance at 2017 End Of The Road Festival in the UK.

Kishore Ryan, $1,404
Drummer/composer Kishore Ryan (Kid Sam/Otouto) will travel to Italy to premiere his new composition at Festival Camino Contro Corrente.

Laura Jean, $3,000
Laura Jean will appear as a showcasing artist at Bigsound 2017.

James Rushford, $1,900
The classically trained, experimental musician will be embarking on a Canadian tour that takes in several festival appearances.

Lucy O’Grady, $2,000
Eight-piece orchestral pop act Lucy and the Night Sky will tour the Surf Coast to promote the forthcoming album, The Ocean Doesn’t Want Me.

Zulya Kamalova, $8,000
Zulya and The Children of the Underground will travel to Samarkand in Uzbekistan to participate in the UNESCO-sponsored Sharq Taronalari festival of world music.

Michael Havir, $4,000
Melbourne based musician, composer, sound designer Michael Havir will travel to Loop Berlin, a three-day festival presented by Ableton that is aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, creativity, and technology.

Four Tone Music, $2,000
The director and founder of  Four Tone Music, an Australian artist management business representing Melbourne band Gold Class, will travel to Reeperbahn Festival with the band to develop international partnership opportunities.

Jessica Ribeiro, $3,000
Jess Ribeiro will appear as a showcasing artist at Bigsound 2017.

Jess Cornelius, $4,500
Jess Cornelius of Teeth & Tongue will join Paul Kelly on a 25-date tour of the US and Canada.

Shauna Boyle, $7,700
Melbourne band Cable Ties will tour France, Belgium, The UK and Germany in support of their debut, self-titled album released this year through Poison City Records.

RVG, $3,000
RVG will appear as a showcasing artist at Bigsound 2017.

Daniel Lindsay, $5,000
Fossa Beats (Daniel Lindsay) and his manager, Benjamin Peters, will attend professional development meetings and workshops in the United States.

George Ian Hewitt, $5,000
Electronic artist Cleopold (George Ian Hewitt) will undertake an extensive North American tour with Com Truise and Nosaj Thing, including a performance at  the Luna Light Festival in Maryland.

Bianca Gannon, $1,500
Bianca Gannon will participate in the Australian Art Orchestra’s Creative Music Intensive Residency 2017 in Tasmania and then curate a showcase as part of the Australian Art Orchestra's Meeting Points Series at Arts Centre Melbourne.