• aboriginal
  • education
  • international
  • music
  • regional

    ** Closing date extension: the closing date for this program has been extended to 5pm, 22 February 2021 **

    If you have received funding through this program and your project has been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19), please contact program staff listed below.

    The Music Works Grants program invests in the development and support of Victoria's contemporary music artists and music industries. 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. The program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to the delivery of contemporary music that will build on Victoria's position as a world famous live music capital and Australia's contemporary music hub.

    Creative Victoria encourages applications from First Peoples and First Peoples led- micro organisations/businesses, Deaf and Disabled people and disability-led micro businesses/organisations, Regionally based applicants, LGBTQI+ applicants, young people and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse communities

    Funding available

    Applicants may apply for Project Costs plus Access Costs, if applicable.

    • $4,000 - $35,000 for individuals
    • $10,000 - $100,000 for groups/organisations

    Please contact program staff to discuss how to include access costs in your application and budget as they will vary depending on the applicant and size/scope of project.

    **Online grant information session - 28 January 12pm-1pm

    Presented by the Creative Victoria grants team (and in partnership with VMDO and Music Victoria) the webinar provided an overview of the program, including eligibility, application and assessment processes.

    Who can apply

    The Music Works program accepts applications from Victorian based contemporary music industry professionals from all genres and career stages. This may include: artists/bands, performers, agents, managers and promoters, labels, recording studios, venues, production companies, contractors such as bookers, sound and lighting technicians, music industry businesses and organisations (also see General Eligibility).

    For the February 2021 funding round, applicants can only apply to one of these programs: Creative Workers Fund or Music Works Grants.

    This means you must choose the most relevant program and cannot submit applications to more than one of these programs.

    Applicants may apply for both Creators Fund and Music Works in February 2021, for separate activities.

    Recipients of funding through the VicArts Grants September 2020 Round and the Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program are only eligible to apply for activity under Stream 1: Regional and Outer-Metropolitan Live Music Events of the Music Works Program.

    Key dates

    Round opens: 20 January 2021 via the Creative Victoria Grants Portal

    **Extended deadline** Round closes: 5pm, 22 February 2021

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

    Who to talk to


    First Peoples applicants (All Streams)

    Kaushali Seneviratne: 03 8683 3106 or via email at

    Deaf and Disabled applicants (All Streams)

    Kaushali Seneviratne: 03 8683 3106 or via email at kaushali.seneviratne@creative.vic.gov.au

    Regional and Outer-Metropolitan Live Music Events

    Chloe Turner:  03 8683 3179 or via email at

    Create and Release

    Katrina Lee: 03 8683 3165 or via email at

    Building Capacity (Professional Development)

    Hannah Schneider: 03 8683 3128 or
    at hannah.x.schneider@creative.vic.gov.au

    Connecting to Markets

    Hannah Schneider: 03 8683 3128 or
    at hannah.x.schneider@creative.vic.gov.au

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

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