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    OPENING SOON: The Music Works Grants program is being updated to best respond to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Program information and guidelines for 2021 will be available on this page in the week commencing 18 January 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

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

    Plus access costs.

    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, recording studios, venues, production companies, contractors such as bookers, sound and lighting technicians, music industry businesses and organisations (also see General Eligibility).

    Key dates

    Round opens: 20 January 2021 via the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
    Round closes: 5pm, 15 February 2021.

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

    Who to talk to

    Links and downloads

    Coming soon: 2021 Music Works - Major Round program guidelines
    Coming soon: 2021 Application drafting tool
    Coming soon: 2021 Music Works - Frequently Asked Questions
    Budget drafting tool XLS, 103.0 KB
    Tour itinerary template
    Information for all applicants
    Creative Victoria Grants Portal
    Music Works Major Round February 2020 Panel Members DOCX, 25.9 KB
    Previous recipients - June 2018