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:
- 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.
- 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
- 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 process.
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.
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.
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.
Round opens: OPEN NOW!
Round closes: 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.
Music Works applications are submitted via the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions Grants Portal.
You will need to determine which stream to apply to.
- First Peoples Stream: Start application / RETURN to the draft application here
- Deaf and Disabled Stream: Start application / RETURN to the draft application here
- General Stream: Start application / RETURN to the draft application here
If you have already started your application and wish to open your draft, or see saved applications, please click here to return to the Grants Portal.
Links and downloads
- Music Works October 2021 Program Guidelines DOCX, 160.0 KB
- Music Works October 2021 Program Guidelines (Accessible) DOCX, 71.5 KB
- Music Works October 2021 Program Guidelines PDF Version PDF, 295.4 KB
- Music Works October 2021 FAQs (Accessible) DOCX, 36.8 KB
- Audio guidelines MP3, 74.2 MB
Who to talk to
|First Peoples stream||Email Chloe Turner or phone on 9623 1169|
|Deaf and Disabled stream||Email Rayne Ryman or phone on 9623 1124 (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri only)|
|General stream||Email Chloe Turner or phone on 9623 1169|
Email Erin O'Neill
Frequently asked questions
The Music Works program supports and invests in the development of Victoria’s contemporary music industry at all levels. It provides support for projects – including new ideas and new approaches – that will support Victoria’s position as a world-leading state for contemporary music.
The program is open to Victorian based contemporary music industry professionals from all genres and career stages. Priority will be given to projects that intend to actively develop and build the sustainability, resilience and commercial capacity of the contemporary music industry and which can be delivered or can easily adapt in the face of changing COVID-19 health restrictions.
This round of Music Works offers funding of between $4,000 to $40,000 for individuals or groups/organisations.
Applications for $20,000 or more must have a minimum 20% of the request in cash co-funding (e.g. generated fees /income and/or applicant cash contribution and/or partnership arrangements such as local government, corporate or philanthropic support.)
While all applicants are encouraged to include access costs within their project budget, those applying under the Deaf and Disabled stream may apply for an additional amount of up to $5,000 on top of the general project costs to cover specific access expenses for Deaf and Disabled participants.
This round supports activities commencing from 1 March 2022 and onwards.
We acknowledge that the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is dynamic. We recommend that you refer to the Victorian government’s dedicated page on coronavirus to keep informed of current restriction levels.
We encourage applicants to consider flexible delivery models and activities that can be adapted swiftly to comply with changing restrictions and to state their contingency plan or flexible model as part of their application.
Please reach out to program staff to discuss options if you have any concerns about your project or activity being impacted by COVID-19.
You will receive a Common Funding Agreement if your application is successful. You must confirm ;your acceptance of the agreement.
The payment schedule and any relevant funding deliverable/milestones will be outlined in the funding agreement.
Once the agreement has been executed (i.e accepted by the recipient and Creative Victoria), and you have satisfied any conditions and provided us with an invoice, then the grant payment will be made.
Applications from First Peoples or First Peoples-led organisations or businesses will be assessed by a First Peoples panel. This embeds Aboriginal self-determination into the assessment process. Applications from non-First Peoples individuals, businesses or organisations that contain First Peoples content may also be reviewed by a First Peoples panel to ensure best practice cultural protocols are reflected.
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
The program is open to Victorian based contemporary music industry professionals from all genres and career stages. This includes artists/bands, managers, promoters, labels and other music industry businesses and organisations.
For the purpose of this program, Victorian contemporary music is defined as music that is currently being written, recorded and performed by Victorians. Its genres would include (but are not limited to) blues, country, electronic/dance, experimental, folk, funk, hip hop, jazz, metal, pop, rock and roots and other contemporary genres.
For the purpose of this funding program, Victoria’s contemporary music industry is defined as:
- Victorian musicians creating music now, with a clear intention and strategy to connect with audiences.
- Victorian individuals, organisations and businesses surrounding these musicians which make up the industry in which they operate.
Applicants who have applied to the Creative Ventures Program are not eligible to apply for Music Works for the same project or activity.
No. Demand for Creative Victoria project funding is high, and this will be an extremely competitive program to enter. Applicants must not assume they will be successful or enter into commitments based on that assumption before receiving formal notification of the outcome of their funding. Nor should applicants assume that if they are successful once, they will be successful again in the future.
Only one application can be submitted per applicant. Auspicing organisations can submit multiple applications on behalf of others.
We acknowledge that the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is dynamic. We recommend that you refer to the Victorian government’s dedicated website on coronavirus to keep informed of current restriction levels. Priority will be given to activities which can be delivered in a COVIDSafe way in 2022 or can be adapted at short notice in the face of changing health restrictions.
Opportunities to tour internationally remain uncertain due to restrictions introduced in response to COVID-19.
Applications for international touring activity will be accepted however 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. Applicants should ensure that any proposed international activities demonstrate compliance with current Commonwealth and Victorian public health measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Only one application per applicant or organisation will be accepted. One individual is not able to act as the primary contact for two separate applications. This applies to both individual and group projects.
Creative Victoria will not consider funding for activity or costs incurred prior to 1 March 2022. You should not enter into any arrangements or make any payments on the assumption you will receive support for activity prior to this date.
Music Works will from time to time allow grant budgets to include payment to non-Victorian services when the overall outcome of the project benefits a Victorian artist or industry individual or organisation as per the assessment guidelines.
Application and Assessment
If you don’t have an ABN or you are not sure that you will have the ability to manage the paperwork or requirements associated with a Creative Victoria grant, an organisation or business can submit the application on your behalf. If your application is successful, this party will receive the funding and will be responsible for managing the funds and reporting to Creative Victoria on your behalf. An auspice organisation can apply to this program on behalf of multiple people/projects.
For this program, any legally constituted organisation may act as an auspice.
In the application, you will be asked to provide details of the auspicing organisation, such as the organisation’s legal name, ABN and contact details.
Yes, you can apply to this program. However, it cannot be for the same project/activity.
If you are an artist manager applying on behalf of an artist and it is intended that you will receive the funds and manage the grant for the artist (with the artist’s consent), you must auspice the application. If you are not legally constituted and thus not eligible to auspice the application, you must ensure the ABN details provided in the application are the artist’s, not your own.
One of the key guiding principles of the Creative State 2025 is First Peoples First. We are committed to the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the 11 guiding principles of Aboriginal Self-Determination as identified in the Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Framework 2018-23.
Applicants must follow correct protocols when working with First Peoples’ artists, content and/or communities. Please refer to Australia Council’s Protocols For Using First Nations Cultural And Intellectual Property In The Arts. In particular, the project checklist (pp. 168-172) can be used as a resource to guide considerations when engaging with First People’s content, creatives/artists and cultural heritage.
For the protection of First Peoples’ arts practice from misappropriation, moral and copyright infringement, appropriate documentation must be submitted if you propose to work with First Peoples’ stories/cultural material that is not your own, such as letters of confirmation from the First Peoples you are working with and protocols you will put in place to ensure cultural safety.
Applications from non-First Peoples applicants that contain First Peoples content may also be reviewed by a First Peoples panel. Activity that does not follow or demonstrate correct protocols will not be supported.
It may affect the payments that you are receiving. Please check with Centrelink or your contact person at NDIS. You may want to consider being auspiced by an organisation.
No. The co-funding requirement does not need to be fully confirmed at the point of application. You will need to indicate in the application budget section how much of your income is confirmed or unconfirmed.
If your application is successful and before we release payment to you, we may ask for confirmation and updates on your budget, including the status of the co-funding requirement. The cash co-funding may be covered through:
- the generated fees/income/ticket sales you earn
- other applicant cash contribution (ie. your organisation’s own cash investment)
- grants sourced from other funding bodies (eg. other government, philanthropic bodies, foundations)
- corporate or private cash sponsorship.
You should also consider your budget contingency in your application. For example, what is your financial back up plan if you are unable to source the cash co-funding through other grants.
We strongly encourage applicants to consider inclusive ways of working and ensuring access to all audiences. Funding can be used to cover any access costs that help remove barriers for participants involved in your activity. You can also use the funding to make your activity accessible to a wider audience.
Applicants under the Deaf and Disabled Stream (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 that will help reduce barriers for deaf and disabled artists/industry workers involved in the project.
You should provide budget notes about any access costs that are included in your application budget.
Examples of Access costs
This is not an exhaustive list as it is dependent on type of activity and individual:
- Access consultant - for support in designing an accessible space/event
- Access/disability support workers
- Assistive listening devices, audio loops etc
- Audio description
- Auslan interpreters
- Blind or low vision assistance
- Braille in labelling, marketing, signage at venue, etc
- Captioning services (open/closed)
- Coordinate or develop a support program like Bandmates Victoria – Inclusive Arts Network
- Disability concession pricing or subsidised ticket prices
- Disability liaison person – for meeting and/or engaging with Deaf and/or Disabled people to be responsive to their access needs
- Ergonomic equipment and/or an ergonomic consultant
- Guide dog access
- Hiring access aids/equipment
- Plain English marketing material – short, simple sentences with pictures
- Setting up a quiet or sensory space or session – to avoid sensory overload or to provide sensory input to meet a sensory need
- Staff and volunteer training e.g. disability awareness, communication, etc
- Therapy – incl. counselling, physio, occupational therapy, etc
- Updating website and booking system to a more accessible user interface.
Access costs vary depending on the project and services required. Please get in touch with an Access Consultant. An Inclusive Practice Guide and a list of organisations in Victoria offering support to Deaf and Disabled people can be found on Arts Access Victoria’s website.
Any relevant funding deliverable/milestone will be outlined in the funding agreement.
You will be required to provide regular updates about your funded activity, including information about the activity budget and activity plan.
At the end of your funded period, you must submit an acquittal which provides information about the outcomes of your funding.
During and after your funded period, you are required to participate in a program evaluation. You may be asked to provide information about your funded activity and any longer-term outcomes that may inform the evaluation of the Music Works program
After the round closes, submitted applications go through an eligibility and due diligence check. External assessors are then allocated applications and given a period to review them.
Recommendations are compiled and provided to the Minister for Creative Industries for final approval. We are working as fast as possible to assess programs currently. All applicants will be advised on the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks from the closing date.
We acknowledge that in getting funding right, we need to make sure there is diversity in the process from inception to delivery.
Creative Victoria is working with industry representatives to ensure there is diverse representation on assessment panels for this program.
First Peoples applicants or First Peoples businesses or organisations applying under any stream will be assessed through a First- Peoples-led assessment process. Deaf and Disabled applicants or businesses or organisations may also elect to be assessed by a panel of assessors with lived experience of deafness and disability.
We will also be reaching out to a broad range of organisations to promote the program and to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds including applicants who are First Peoples, Deaf and Disabled, women, LGBTIQ+ and from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
RVG has received funding via the Music Works program. Image courtesy RVG.
Agung Mango, BURNSIDE HEIGHTS, $10,600
For hip hop artist Agung Mango to record and release his debut solo EP accompanied by a marketing and publicity plan.
Alicia Egan, BRUNSWICK, $18,500
To record, produce and release a new album by Alanna and Alicia, including the creation of visual content, video clips and a filmed launch event.
Amos Roach, THORNBURY, $19,999
To record and promote music by Amos, featuring didgeridoo, traditional Kulin Nations and contemporary songs, and the creation of a film narrative for two of the recordings.
Archie Roach Foundation LTD, KILLARNEY, $53,000
To support the recording and release of songs written through the first phase of the Singing Our Futures Music Mentoring Program, a First Nations emerging artists music mentoring program, by The Archie Roach Foundation in partnership with Culture is Life and with support from The Barpirdhilla Foundation.
Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Cameron Murphy, GLEN IRIS, $19,991
To produce and release a new album by Cam Camino, including promotion and delivery of online performances.
Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Glen Kennedy, METCALFE, $32,775
To record, mix and master Effortless Bilingual, a collection of 40 recordings of Chinese Mandarin spoken word set to a variety of styles of music. The recording aims to assist in Mandarin language learning.
Audrey Boyle, RICHMOND, $14,500
To record, mix and master the debut solo album by Audrey Powne, including the creation of album artwork and development of video assets for promotion.
Auspicious Arts Projects Inc. on behalf of Carolyn Schofield, NORTHCOTE, $15,665
Creative development, recording and production of the second album of solo synthesiser music by Fia Fiell, to be released with a music video and extended live performance video in collaboration with media artist Don Gray.
BATTS, RINGWOOD NORTH, $15,500
To record and release the sophomore album by Melbourne musician, BATTS.
Carla dal Forno, CASTLEMAINE, $11,394
To record, mix and master a third solo album.
C Kikos & M Syawish, CARLTON, $10,040
The writing, release and marketing of Sleep D's Sophomore LP to be released digitally and on vinyl. The release will be supported by the creation of a music video and promotional photographs.
Client Liaison, FITZROY NORTH, $35,000
Presentation of a livestreamed showcase, to promote the release of Client Liaison’s second album.
COOKII, BRUNSWICK, $15,000
Creative development, mixing, mastering and release of a new mixtape by cookii.
Corner Group (Ticketscout Pty Ltd), RICHMOND, $5,000
Support for a professional development program that will provide training and industry networking opportunities that will enable staff to adapt to the changing landscape of the industry.
Daen Sansbury-Smith, RESERVOIR, $26,500
Production of a soundtrack album to support Daen Sansbury-Smith's a short film series that explores the intergenerational transfer of knowledge and responsibility within contemporary Aboriginal music.
Damon Paraha, MANOR LAKES, $20,850
For the development of 12 music videos to support the album, The Nomadic, by Nomad.
Dandelion Wine, KINGSVILLE, $14,920
To compose, record and release an album incorporating elements of traditional medieval writing and melodies, to be released with a publicity campaign across Australia and Europe.
Ellpee Pty Ltd, MELBOURNE, $34,800
Creative development of a suite of marketing material to support the new album by Vika and Linda, including music videos, a mini-documentary, promotional photography and an online album launch event.
Feign Jima, PRESTON, $5,000
To record, mix, master and promote a five-track EP.
FLOW GTG PTY LTD, FOOTSCRAY, 15,300
To support the marketing of the second edition of FLOW, an all-ages alternate one-day music event held at Footscray Community Arts Centre.
Gracie Music PTY LTD, ALPHINGTON, $37,920
To record, mix and master Angie McMahon’s second album.
IJALE - Jerry Agbinya, MERNDA, $14,245
Creative development of a music video to accompany a mixtape by IJALE.
Jannah Quill, RICHMOND, $19,129
Creative development, recording and release of Jannah’s debut studio album.
Joel Ma, FITZROY NORTH, $6,500
To develop digital assets and branding and to undertake international marketing strategy consultations to support the launch of new band, Go Sky.
Jonnine Standish, KALLISTA, $9,500
To produce, mix and master the sophomore LP by Jonnine.
Laila Sakini, BELGRAVE SOUTH, $11,770
To write, record, mix, master and release the sophomore album by Laila Sakina, and to develop promotional material for the release package.
LAMINE SONKO, RESERVOIR, $24,920
Creative development, recording and production of Lamine Sonko’s debut solo album, including digital release, video production and the promotion of a single.
Look Out Kid Pty Ltd, COLLINGWOOD, $12,000
To support Look Out Kid to work with a US-based project manager for six months to assist in the global operations of the company. The period will see the Look Out Kid team coordinating major international projects for its artist roster, including the release of Courtney Barnett’s fourth studio album and the writing and recording of Briggs’s third studio album.
Luke Alessi, ALPHINGTON, $6,000
Support for a campaign that will build Luke’s profile in Europe and the UK using innovative digital marketing strategies and visual content.
Moyne Shire Council, PORT FAIRY, $5,950
To support the presentation of The Moyne Sessions — The Business of Music, professional development and capacity building masterclasses for young contemporary artists from South-West Victoria.
Nadeah Miranda, SANDRINGHAM, $18,000
To record, produce and release a new album of duets, featuring all Victorian artists, with a digital marketing campaign to support the release.
Naretha Williams, RESERVOIR, $23,111
Recording, production and manufacture of a 12-track vocal album by The Killer Quo, and the production and vinyl manufacture of a six-track electronic solo album by Naretha Williams.
Phoebe Cockburn, ABBOTSFORD, $20,000
Creative development, recording, mixing and mastering of the debut solo album by Phoebe Go, including the production of visual assets.
Quivers, BALACLAVA, $31,550
To record, mix and master Quivers’ third album.
Ravens Nest Consulting Pty Ltd, SEAFORD, $10,000
Development of a new edition of Welcome to the Jungle - Navigating the Music Business in Australia, a free e-book that reflects the vastly changed landscape of the Victorian, Australian and global music industry post COVID-19, with accompanying podcasts featuring interviews with predominantly Victorian music businesses.
Siobhan McGinnity, COBURG, $29,029
To record and release the second EP by Magnets.
Sophia Brous, COBURG, $16,480
To record, mix and master an album of contemporary music by an ensemble of Victorian musicians.
Spirit level, MERRICKS BEACH, $7,750
To support Spirit Level, a Melbourne-based artist-run initiative to engage a publicist in Europe and the United Kingdom to support the international promotion of new releases by its roster of artists.
Stephanie Crase, NORTHCOTE, $6,000
To record, mix and master the fourth album by Summer Flake.
Tamil Rogeon, FITZROY, $10,000
To write, record, mix and release a new album.
The Boss Experience Agency Pty Ltd, HAMPTON, $30,345
Creative development, distribution and marketing of a podcast offering in-depth profiles of the new generation of Australian DIY artists, published by independent Victorian podcast publisher Litmus Media.
Tyler Millott, EAGLEMONT, $8,800
To mix, master and promote a self-produced, self-titled debut LP by Melbourne based alternative rock artist The Terrifying Lows.
William Cooper, FLEMINGTON, $15,200
To record, mix, master and release the third full length album by Diipma, including the creation of promotional photographs, artwork and video clips.
Zen Arcade, NORTH MELBOURNE, $81,000
Support for a 12-month program with quarterly online songwriting camps for Victorian and international songwriters, and support for Songs Festival, a celebration of the art and craft of songs and songwriting which will be held across multiple venues in Melbourne.
Music Works Major Funding round
3CR Community Radio, Fitzroy, $9,874
Eight audio-engineering masterclasses for female and non-gender-conforming sound technicians to help promote diversity in the music industry.
Parvyn Bennett, Mont Albert North, $8,750
For vocalist Parvyn Singh to record, mix and master her debut solo album, blending contemporary electronica and RnB with classical North Indian Raga and Punjabi Bhangra.
Big Yawn, Fitzroy North, $10,850
Melbourne-based live electronic band Big Yawn to record, mix and master their second LP, and develop a PR and advertising campaign to support the LP’s release.
Julia Jacklin, Collingwood, $20,000
To record and produce the third studio album, and associated artwork, by Julia Jacklin.
Hannah Cameron, Fitzroy North, $10,806
To record, produce, release and promote the third album by folk artist Hannah Cameron.
Ryan Downey, Kingsville, $8,390
To mix, master and internationally release the second album of Ryan Downey
Husky Gawenda, St Kilda, $7,500
To support folk musician Husky Gawenda to record his first solo album, a compilation of thirteen songs telling the story of two lovers.
Eilish Gilligan, Wattle Glen, $10,000
To record, release and promote pop artist Eilish Gilligan’s debut EP.
Girly Bits Pty Ltd, Melbourne, $20,000
For musician Ali Barter to record her third album, drawing inspiration from contemporary UK music.
George Ian Hewitt, North Melbourne, $14,339
Electronic musician George Hewitt, under moniker Cleopold, to record, produce and promote his debut album.
Corin Ileto, Preston, $10,000
Electronic artist Corin Ileto to produce, record and mix a new album and supporting visual content.
Jessie Lloyd Music Pty Ltd, St Albans, $20,000
As part of the Mission Songs Project, First Nations musician Jessie Lloyd will record and release, online, a 12-track gospel album, comprising hymns from the early 20th-century ‘missions era’.
Lupa J, Melbourne, $19,930
To support Lupa J to refine her production skills in the techno, dance and pop music genres through the creation of her fourth EP, with supporting PR campaigns across the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Georgia Knight, Clifton Hill, $5,000
For Georgia Knight to record, mix and master her debut EP, featuring five original songs.
Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio Ltd, North Melbourne, $33,800
Support for 24 places in a professional development program that helps early-career electronic musicians gain technical skills from industry professionals and navigate working in the music industry.
Zhonu Moon, Brunswick East, $8,500
Producer Zhonu Moon to record and mix a new album in collaboration with traditional, pop and jazz musicians from Australia, Ethiopia and Morocco.
Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Barbod Valadi, Reservoir, $6,090
To work with the Barbod Valadi jazz trio to create ‘Scattered Shadows’, an original album fusing traditional Persian music and contemporary jazz, promoted through live performances and activities at multicultural community events.
Play On Arts Ltd, Carlton North, $11,450
To mix, master, press and promote a new collaborative album by electronic musicians Sleep D and the chamber music collective Ad Lib Collective.
Press Club, Collingwood, $15,000
Melbourne band Press Club to record, mix and master their third album.
Amanda Roff, Bailieston, $14,470
To produce and release the second LP by pop, electronica and post punk duo Time for Dreams, with original album cover artwork by artist Richard Lewer.
Dougal Shaw, Brunswick, $9,300
To record, release and distribute the second album by post-punk, new wave band Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice.
Libby Steel, Torquay, $9,999
Alternative pop artist Libby Steel to record, produce and promote her debut EP.
Story Baker Pty Ltd, Fitzroy North, $15,000
For a collaborative album between Australian musicians Mick Harvey, Mick Turner, Martin W Brown and Adalita.
Jaquelin Vallejo, Reservoir, $9,925
Musician Iaki Vallejo to collaborate with artist Thando, to record, mix and master a new single reflecting their shared perspectives as women of colour.
Music Works Quick Response grants
What's My Scene South West, $5,000
For a professional development initiative for the musicians, venues and industry representatives in south west Victoria, to develop skills and build and strengthen networks in this region.
These New South Whales, $9,000
The promotion of TNSW Tonight, a live-to-air style talk show featuring bespoke sections, guests, and performances.
The recording, mixing and mastering of Sannia's debut EP, to be produced and recorded by Andy Mak.
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.
Quick Response and Major Funding recipients
A Thoughtful Spot Pty Ltd, ELSTERNWICK, $20,000
Lior to undertake a three-week European tour where he will perform and make industry contacts to support the release of new material.
Alexander Biggs, THORNBURY, $3,784
To travel to the UK to perform at The Great Escape festival and to attend a series of meetings and network opportunities with industry stakeholders aimed at securing a UK booking agent.
Ali Barter, FOOTSCRAY, $13,400
To record, mix and master her second studio album.
Amyl and the Sniffers, COBURG, $24,615
Rock n roll, pub punk four-piece Amyl And The Sniffers to travel to the UK and North America. The UK leg will encompass The Great Escape festival, a sold-out show in London and an in-store performance at the legendary record store Rough Trade. In North America they will perform 20 shows in support of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard.
Angie McMahon, ALPHINGTON, $11,000
Angie McMahon and her band to undertake a showcase tour of the UK and Europe including meetings with industry representatives.
Annabelle Kingston, FOOTSCRAY, $10,000
The recording and production of a new full-length album and video clip by Waterfall Person, the solo project of Melbourne musician Annabelle Kingston.
Beechworth Music Festival, BEECHWORTH, $1,804
Support for the directors of the Beechworth Music Festival to travel to Melbourne to attend the 2018 Music Cities Convention.
Ben Finocchiaro, COLLINGWOOD, $8,360
A tour of Europe and Japan by drum and bass artist Safire.
Braille Face, BRUNSWICK EAST, $6,500
Dance/electronic artist Braille Face to travel to New York and Los Angeles to undertake writing, recording, and performances ahead of a comprehensive album release campaign.
Brie Jorgensen, BRUNSWICK WEST, $3,500
To travel to New York to attend A2IM Indie Week, a leading international conference for independent record labels. The conference is an opportunity to network and develop new business opportunities for local label Spirit Level and the roster of artists it represents.
C W Stoneking, FOOTSCRAY, $15,000
C.W. Stoneking to record, mix and master his fourth album at the famed studio Memphis Magnetic Recording Co in Tennessee.
Callum Barter, NORTHCOTE, $14,543
Engineer and producer Callum Barter to grow his knowledge and skill set through a three-month stint in the USA where he will assist successful Los Angeles based engineers, producers and studios, as well as working to develop his international networks.
Crescendo Music Australia, MELBOURNE, $9,000
To deliver UnderSCORE, a concert where a live orchestra will perform soundtracks from Australian made digital games. The concert will showcase the craft of composing for games and will build links between local contemporary musicians and key industry players in the film and game development industries.
East Brunswick All Girls Choir, BRUNSWICK EAST, $12,440
To undertake a nine-date tour of Australia and New Zealand as the main support for Courtney Barnett.
Ecca Vandal, FOOTSCRAY, $15,000
Ecca Vandal to conduct headline, festival and showcase performances across the UK and Europe and develop new material.
Foreign National, THORNBURY, $7,000
Indie/pop act Foreign/National to record, mix and master their second studio album.
Gravemind, PRAHAN, $9,200
The metal band Gravemind to record their debut album.
Harrison Storm, $5,000
Singer/songwriter Harrison Storm to take up an invitation to perform a showcase at the East Coast Music Awards, Festival and Conference 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Canadian Music Week.
HTRK, KALLISTA, $15,000
The recording, mixing and mastering of HTRK's fourth studio album.
IV League, BRUNSWICK EAST, $8,500
The recording, mixing and mastering of IV League’s debut EP, to be produced and recorded in collaboration with acclaimed Victorian producer Malcolm Besley.
Jess Fairfax on behalf of Nhatty Mann, WARRANDYTE, $16,500
The creation of four music videos to accompany the release of the second album by Melbourne-based Ethiopian artist Nhatty Man.
Jesse Lubitz, CAULFIELD SOUTH, $10,000
Indie-folk act Tinpan Orange to undertake a tour of Germany including performances at leading festivals.
Jessie Lloyd, ST ALBANS, $8,000
To undertake a tour of The Mission Songs Project throughout NSW and the NT.
Justin Marshall, CASTLEMAINE, $20,000
The creation, recording and production of a second full length album by Melbourne based soul/jazz group The Putbacks, in collaboration with singer Emma Donovan.
Katherine Campbell, CARLTON NORTH, $12,086
A three-month DJ tour by Roza Terenzi across Europe and Canada to promote three record releases on international labels. During the tour she will aim to secure a European booking agent and meet with labels who have expressed interest in future collaboration
Laura Jean, THORNBURY, $20,000
To undertake a tour of the UK and Europe to promote her upcoming album, Devotion.
Mark Monnone, BRUNSWICK, $9,185
The recording, mixing, mastering and promotion of Monnone Alone's second album.
Michael Katz, FITZROY NORTH, $10,000
The recording, mixing, mastering and art direction of Melbourne producer and instrumentalist Mike Katz's (Harvey Sutherland) debut LP.
Mijo Biscan, FAIRFIELD, $11,000
The promotion of Mijo Biscan’s new alt/rock/pop solo album, Golden Moment.
Monkey Marc, COLLINGWOOD, $20,000
A national tour by Monkey Marc with two Jamaican artists in support of the album, Vital Sound.
Moonlover, FOOTSCRAY, $6,250
A national tour to support their latest LP.
Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Solomon Sisay, SOUTH MELBOURNE, $7,000
Melbourne-based Ethiopian saxophone player Solomon Sisay to record, mix, master, release and promote his debut EP.
Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Thandolwethu Sikwila, SOUTH MELBOURNE, $13,200
Singer/songwriter Thando and her band to record and produce a five-song EP, videos and a 'making of' documentary.
Nattali Rize, ST KILDA, $15,000
Natalie Rize to record, mix and master her second full length album.
Neil Morris, COBURG, $13,000
The writing, recording, mixing, mastering, promotion and a short production run of Neil Morris' debut album.
Nina Buchanan, COBURG, $8,000
The recording, mixing, mastering and pressing of Nina Buchanan’s first full length album. The project will also involve the creation of two video clips and PR activities.
Nite Fleit, CARLTON NORTH, $10,000
An eight-week tour of the UK, Europe and the USA to promote the debut EP from DJ and producer Nite Fleit.
Northcote Social Club, NORTHCOTE, $12,000
A series of all ages gigs that will open up Northcote Social Club, and its music program, to a new generation of audiences.
ORCHA, CARLTON NORTH, $12,500
Matthew Sheers to record, mix, master, produce and publicise his debut album ORCHA.
Pete Keen, SOUTH MELBOURNE, $4,815
The artist, creative director and founder of Melbourne's Sugar Mountain festival Pete Keen to travel to Brazil to take part in key festivals and arts/music conferences where he will build connections across Latin America.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, SOUTH MELBOURNE, $12,500
Pop/punk act Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever to tour the US including performances at Coachella and the Shaky Knees festival in Atlanta.
RVG, PRESTON, $17,200
RVG to embark on their first international tour through Europe and the United Kingdom following the re-release of their critically acclaimed debut album, A Quality of Mercy.
School Damage, NORTHCOTE, $9,897
For the alternative/indie four-piece School Damage to undertake promotional activities and a national tour to promote their latest album. Promotional activities include the creation of two music videos, a photo shoot and creating merchandise and posters.
Small Island Big Song, MOUNT ELIZA, $25,187
To launch the Small Island Big Song project - which brings together artists from across the Indian and Pacific Oceans - internationally via a four-week tour of Europe where the group will perform at festivals and venues.
Sophie Klein, CARNEGIE, $11,000
A marketing and promotional campaign, including a music video, to accompany the release of a new album by Little Wise.
Stephen McLennan, COBURG, $5,993
A European tour by Melbourne psychedelic rock band, Buried Feather, in support of their third full-length album.
Swim Team, BRUNSWICK, $9,627
Melbourne band Swim Team to record, release and distribute their forthcoming debut album.
TEK TEK Ensemble, COBURG, $6,500
Support for TEK TEK Ensemble to produce a 10-track album that captures the essence of the band’s dynamic live performance style.
Two People, COLLINGWOOD, $10,000
A seven-date national tour to support the release of their debut album.
Young Women's Music Incorporated, ALPHINGTON, $10,000
Support for the YoWo Music program, which works with young women and gender non-conforming teenagers, to create, release and promote a full length album that showcases the participants' talents.
Music Works Quick Response Grant Recipients July 2018
Adrian Naidu, $3,000: Adrian Eagle and his band to perform showcases at BIGSOUND with a view to secure a record deal in both Australia and UK.
Deaf Wish, $8,358: Deaf Wish to support San Diego rockers, Hot Snakes, on the first leg of their European tour.
Milk! Records, $3,000: Milk! Records to assist four bands on their roster — Loose Tooth, East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Jade Imagine and Hachiku — to perform showcases at BIGSOUND and facilitate meetings and networking opportunities.
Adam Starr, $15,000: YID!, a 24-piece ensemble to headline the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto and attend strategic meetings in New York.
Emilee South, $3,000: Emilee South and her band to showcase at BIGSOUND and undertake networking opportunities.
Olympia, $3,000: Olympia and her band to showcase at BIGSOUND and attend industry meetings with a view to lock in an international team.
Thomas Larnach-Jones, $1,500: Thomas Larnach-Jones to attend the Reeperbahn Conference in Hamburg followed by meetings and professional development activities in Berlin and London.
Dandelion Wine, $3,000: Dandelion Wine to attend the Reeperbahn Conference to secure new partners to release their music in Germany.
Elizabeth Mitchell, $3,000: Elizabeth Mitchell and band to showcase at BIGSOUND with the aim of securing alliances with local and international booking agents and international labels.
Joe Chindamo, $4,772: A concert performance of original Australian music by pianist/composer Joe Chindamo and violinist Zoë Black at the Spinacorona Festival in Naples, Italy.
Dion Brownfield on behalf of Kian Brownfield, $3,000: KIAN, his band and management to attend and showcase at BIGSOUND.
Mildlife, $10,000: Mildlife to conduct a UK and Europe tour to promote their debut album titled Phase and a new 12" remix EP.
Quick Response Grants Recipients