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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 which commence 1 October 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.



    The program has three streams:

    1. First Peoples Stream
      Applications led by Victorian First Peoples will be assessed in alignment with Aboriginal self-determination by a First Peoples assessment panel.
    2. Deaf and Disabled Stream
      Applications led by Victorian deaf and disabled music industry professionals or music industry businesses or organisations will be assessed by a panel of music industry peers with lived experience of Deafness and Disability.
    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 First Peoples is used to refer to Traditional Owners of Victoria and all other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who reside in this state.
    • 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.

    Please note: We understand that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created uncertainty regarding future planning, travel and gatherings. When proposing activities, you should take COVIDSafe practices into account and consider contingencies while still feeling free to present your creative ideas/activities.

    Funding available

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

    Access Costs

    • All applicants are encouraged to include access costs within their project budgets that make activities accessible to a deaf and disabled audience (e.g. Auslan, captioning, audio description, materials in other formats.
    • Deaf and Disabled applicants applying to the Deaf and Disabled creatives stream may apply for an additional amount of up to $5000 on top of their general project costs to cover additional specific access expenses that will help reduce barriers for Deaf and Disabled artists/industry workers involved in the project. These additional access costs may only be allocated towards access initiatives and may not be repurposed to cover general project costs.

    Who can apply

    The Music Works program accepts applications from individuals and groups/collectives that meet Creative Victoria's general eligibility and the following program eligibility.

    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.

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

    2022 Information session

    In this session, hear directly from Creative Victoria as we work through the application process together spelling out requirements and key selection criteria to be addressed.


    Key dates

    All Streams open: 3pm, 2 June 2022

    First Peoples and General Streams' close: CLOSED 30 June 2022

    Deaf and Disabled Applicant Stream closes: CLOSED 7 July 2022

    For activities commencing from 1 October 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.

    You will need to determine which stream you are applying under.

    • Deaf and Disabled stream: Applications now closed!
    • First Peoples stream: Applications now closed!
    • General stream: Applications now closed!

    If you wish to see your SAVED APPLICATIONS, please click here to return to the Grants Portal

    Who to talk to

    General Stream: Please contact: Maxim Hubert on or via phone on 9623 1437 OR Meg Rapeport on or via phone on 9623 1413

    First Peoples Stream: Please email Keeaira Aird at

    Deaf and Disabled Stream: Please contact Meg Rapeport on or via phone on 96231413

    Frequently asked questions

    General FAQS

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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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