The Music Works Grants program invests in the development and support of Victoria's contemporary music industry – artists and music industry professionals, businesses and organisations. It provides support for projects and programs that will sustain, develop and grow Victoria's contemporary music sector, increase employment and build cultural and economic outcomes.
Music Works funding has been renewed through to 2025.
Work is currently underway to develop the next round of the program to best meet the needs of Victoria’s contemporary music sector and to align with the Victorian Government’s Creative State 2025 strategy. More details will be confirmed later in 2021.
Music Works will include funding streams for:
- First Peoples applicants
- Deaf and disabled applicants
- Artists and music industry professionals, businesses and organisations
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** If you have received funding through a previous round of the Music Works program and your project has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact program staff listed below.**
Who to talk to
Katrina Lee: 03 8683 3165 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Links and downloads
- Music Works program guidelines - COMING SOON
- Information for current recipients
- List of Peer Assessors Music Works 2021 DOCX, 26.4 KB
RVG has received funding via the Music Works program. Image courtesy RVG.
Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Michael Harbus-James, SOUTHBANK, $15,000
For the production and release of two music video clips for the all-female, First Nations hip hop group, Oetha.
Barpirdhila Foundation, PASCOE VALE SOUTH, $30,000
For Barpirdhila Foundation to pilot two youth-based programs to create entry points for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders within the music sector. The first will be delivered in partnership with Girls Rock! Melbourne and the second with the Korin Gamadji Institute.
Simona Castricum, BRUNSWICK, $18,665
For the production, mixing, mastering and promotion of Simona Castricum's fourth 12-track album, including performances in Melbourne and Sydney, and a proposed international tour.
Chela, LEOPOLD, $13,000
For Chela to market her new EP globally, including the creation of a music video, artwork and photography.
Cosmic Psychos, DRUMMOND, $15,000
For the recording, mixing and mastering of Cosmic Psychos 11th studio album.
Aaron Dobos, FITZROY NORTH, $5,385
To enable Aaron to spend a month in LA learning from successful producers, engineers, writers and studios.
David Dower, FOSTER, $7,647
For jazz and contemporary musician David Dower to embark on his third European tour, performing 15 shows in the UK and Bulgaria.
Kutcha Edwards, GREENHILL, $17,500
For the recording, mixing, mastering and manufacturing of Circling Time, Kutcha Edwards' new album, with support from renowned producer Andy Stewart.
Nicholas Finch, BRUNSWICK, $12,321
For Cash Savage and The Last Drinks to embark on a European tour, consisting of 14 performances across five countries, including networking opportunities.
Foreign Brothers on behalf of SO.Crates, NORTHCOTE, $7,125
For Danika Smith to record her first LP, to be produced by Grammy-nominated engineer Nick Herrera.
Girls Rock Melbourne, BRUNSWICK WEST, $11,985
Girls Rock! to travel to Castlemaine to deliver its music education and empowerment program aimed at female, trans, and gender diverse regional youth aged 10-17.
JNB Events Pty Ltd, KENSINGTON, $24,300
For Loch Hart Music Festival, a three-day music, arts and camping festival in the Corangamite Shire, to host and promote music networking and mentoring opportunities at the event.
Samuel Kuzich, ASCOT VALE, $8,910
For the recording, mixing and mastering of Samuel Kuzich's debut album in collaboration with his live band, and Grammy-nominated producer Perrin Moss.
Candice Lorrae Lloyd, MELBOURNE, $20,300
For the mixing, mastering, release and promotion of The Merindas self-produced debut album.
Music in Exile, THORNBURY, $25,333
For the recording, mixing, mastering and marketing of two full-length albums as part of the Music in Exile project by Asecuma Beats and Mindy Meng Wang in collaboration with Sui Zhen, to be released digitally and on vinyl. This includes the creation of two music videos and media campaign material.
Northcote Social Club, NORTHCOTE, $8,000
For the presentation of Wind It Up, a live music series at the Northcote Social Club celebrating the diversity of cultures and genres that make up the Melbourne music scene.
Olympia, BRUNSWICK EAST, $31,800
For Olympia to embark on a tour of Europe and the UK in support of Flamingo, her second album, including shows at Reeperbahn festival in Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, London, Brighton and Manchester.
Palm Springs, FITZROY NORTH, $15,000
The recording, production, release and marketing of MOD CON's second album.
Pridelands, COLLINGWOOD, $14,480
To record, mix and master Pridelands’ 10-track debut album.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, SOUTH MELBOURNE, $16,120
To embark on a nine-show North American tour to begin the market development campaign for their upcoming album, including meetings with their international team and potential future partners.
RVG, PRESTON, $25,000
For RVG to support Melbourne band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever on a US tour, promoting their upcoming second album and connecting to new markets via interviews and studio performances.
Sound of the Future, BRUNSWICK EAST, $24,000
For the delivery of the Beats Rhymes & Life Mentorship Program, a unique opportunity for six young First Nations hip hop artists in Mooroopna to be mentored in music production, song creation, marketing and music industry decision-making.
Maddie Stephenson, PRESTON, $16,000
For Neo-soul band 30/70 to embark on a 15-date European tour including six festival slots and nine headline shows to solidify and expand on existing European industry networks, and promote their upcoming third album.
Jamie Stroud, BOX HILL NORTH, $13,000
For Stoic Records to record, mix, master and strategically release two 7" records on vinyl, showcasing the works of Yirghilya, Thando and Lauren Brydie.
Sunnyside, MELBOURNE, $9,520
For Melbourne-based instrumental jazz-funk six-piece Sunnyside to perform two sets at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, coinciding with a run of five regional Japanese shows.
Wrangler Studios, WEST FOOTSCRAY, $9,000
To undertake an evaluation of the organisation's strategies including financial modelling, business development and website development, to be facilitated by Management Governance Australia.
Press Club, COLLINGWOOD, $16,000
For Melbourne band Press Club to tour the UK and Europe in support of their second album release.
Kee'ahn Bindol, ELWOOD, $7,500
Support for Kee'an to record, mix, master and produce an EP of original songs titled Full Bloom.
Meena Shamaly, BLACK ROCK, $9,322
Support for Meena Shamaly to compose, develop, mix and master the soundtrack for upcoming video game Chaos Tavern, totalling around 12 full tracks. The process will include collaborating and recording with a number of First Nations session musicians.