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William Elm at Blak Sounds 2019, VMDO First Peoples. Image by Jacinta Keefe

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    Music Works – investing in the development of Victoria’s contemporary music industry at all levels.

    The Music Works program provides funding for projects – including new ideas and new approaches – that will support Victoria’s position as a world-leading state for contemporary music.

    Applications are sought from Victorian based contemporary music artists and industry professionals across all genres and career stages. Applicants can apply for funding for projects with creative and commercial outcomes, commencing from 1 March 2022.

    Project proposals must demonstrate impact both for the applicant and the broader Victorian contemporary music sector and may include activities such as collaboration and partnerships, the creation of new works, audience engagement and exploring opportunities.

    Priority will be given to activities which can be delivered in a COVIDSafe way or can be easily adapted in the face of changing health restrictions.

    The program has three streams:

    1. First Peoples Stream
      Applications by Victorian First Peoples music industry professionals or First Peoples-led music industry businesses or organisations will be assessed by a First Peoples assessment panel to ensure Aboriginal self-determination.
    2. Deaf and Disabled Stream
      Applications by Victorian Deaf and Disabled music industry professionals or music industry businesses or organisations will be assessed by an assessment panel of music industry peers with lived experience of Deafness and Disability. Applications that are not Deaf and Disabled led but involve key participants who identify as Deaf and Disabled may also elect to be assessed under this stream
    3. General Stream
      All other applications will be assessed by a panel made up of a diverse range of music industry peers.

    On this page and program documents:

    • The term Deaf and Disabled people will be used. A lived experience of disability can be visible or invisible, including physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, developmental, mental illness and/or neurodiversity. We recognise and support the right of the Deaf community to label their experience as one of cultural and linguistic difference. We recognise the diversity within the Deaf and Disabled communities and that the terminology and language used is evolving.
    • The acronym CALD is used and is inclusive of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to people born overseas, people with one or both parents born overseas and people who speak a language other than English at home.
    • The term Regional refers to the 48 Victorian local government areas classified as regional by the Victorian State Government. You can find the list of these local government areas here.

    We understand that the pandemic has created uncertainty regarding future planning. In your application, you should feel free to present your project as you best see fit, taking into consideration COVIDSafe practices and contingencies, however we acknowledge plans may need to adapt given the rapidly changing situation. Assessors will take this into consideration during the assessment

    Funding available

    Applications will be accepted for requests of between $4,000 to $40,000 for individuals or groups/organisations.

    Deaf and Disabled applicants under Stream 2 may also apply for an additional amount of up to $5,000 on top of their general project costs to cover specific access expenses.spacespace

    Who can apply

    This program accepts applications from Victorian based contemporary music industry professionals. This may include artists/bands, managers, promoters, labels and other music industry business and organisations. Applicants must also meet Creative Victoria’s General Eligibility requirements.

    Please note:

    Creative Victoria will only accept one application per applicant (including under auspice). Auspice bodies may apply on behalf of multiple applicants

    Watch a recording of a recent information session with Creative Victoria staff explaining the application process and answering common questions.


    Key dates

    Round opened: 28 October 2021

    Round closed: 3pm, 25 November 2021

    For activities commencing from 1 March 2022.

    It takes approximately 12 weeks from the closing date until funding results are available.

    Applications Closed

    Music Works applications are submitted via the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions Grants Portal.

    General information on how to access the Grants Portal, including how to register and Grants Portal FAQs, can be found here.

    If you wish to see saved applications, please click here to return to the Grants Portal.

    Who to talk to

    Please email Chloe Turner or phone on 9623 1169.

    Frequently asked questions

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    Application and Assessment

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    Previous recipients

    A photo of the band RVG

    RVG has received funding via the Music Works program. Image courtesy RVG.

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