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Melbourne Music Week 2017, Jess Middleton

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    The Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program offers grants to Victorian-based contemporary music industry artists, workers, businesses and organisations who have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The one-off program is a response to the unique challenges the industry is facing at this critical time. It will help the industry respond to the changing market and restricted environment while enabling workers and businesses to keep working, generating income, and maintaining vital business partnerships.

    The one-off program is a response to the unique challenges the industry is facing at this critical time. It will help the industry respond to the changing market and restricted environment while enabling workers and businesses to keep working, generating income, and maintaining vital business partnerships.

    This state-wide program encourages applications from First Peoples, Deaf and Disabled people, LGBTI and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

    On this page and in the program documents:

    • The term First Peoples is used and is inclusive of people identifying as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Indigenous and Koorie.*
    • The term Deaf and Disabled people will be used. Disability can be visible or invisible, sensory, physical, neurodiverse, cognitive, intellectual or developmental. Our definition includes people with lived experience of mental health or illness. We recognise and support the right of the Deaf community to label their experiences not as disability but as one of cultural and linguistic difference.**

    Aims and priorities

    The program aims to fund projects that will support contemporary music industry artists, workers and businesses who have lost work as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to:

    • start working on activities that can be delivered while maintaining physical distancing and COVIDSafe measures,
    • develop new works that can be commercialised,
    • identify new ways of working, and new delivery pathways to connect with audiences, and
    • upskill through professional/business development and mentoring opportunities.

    This program will prioritise support for music industry applications from; Bushfire affected communities and regionally based applicants, Victorian First Peoples and First Peoples led-micro organisations/businesses, Deaf and Disabled people and disability-led micro businesses/organisations, Cultural and linguistically diverse applicants and Women.

    Funding available

    • $4,000 to $50,000 plus Access Costs (noting additional requirements for total requests over $40,000. See the Guidelines for further information). Access Costs - Please contact program staff to discuss how to include this in your application and budget as these costs will vary depending on the applicant and size/scope of project.

    Who can apply

    The program accepts applications from Victorian-based contemporary music professionals from all genres and career stages, including Victorian-based artists/bands, performers, agents, managers and promoters, contractors such as bookers, sound and lighting technicians and music industry businesses and organisations (also see General Eligibility).

    The program will support projects ranging in size and scale, from one-off individual activities through to larger more complex projects and programs. It is split into four streams:

      Stream 1 - Victorian First Peoples applicants only: supports Victorian First Peoples contemporary music artists, industry workers and businesses/organisations for activity described under Streams 3 and 4.*

      Stream 2 - Victorian Deaf and Disabled applicants only: supports Victorian Deaf and Disabled contemporary music artists, industry workers and businesses/organisations for activity described under Streams 3 and 4.**

      Watch Arts Access CEO Caroline Bowditch's video with Auslan interpretation for Deaf/disabled applicants

      Stream 3 – Development of new work: supports Victorian contemporary music artists, industry workers and businesses/organisations to create new works or activity, develop new or adapted forms of delivery, and connect to markets.

      Stream 4 – Training and professional/business development: supports contemporary music artists, industry workers and businesses/organisations to undertake professional development, business development and mentoring activities.

    Key dates

    Round opens: 12noon, 21 September 2020 please apply using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
    Round closes: 5pm, 22 October 2020
    For activity commencing after 10 December 2020.

    NB. It takes approximately 7 weeks from the closing dates until funding results are available.

    Links and downloads

    Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program guidelines - Word version DOCX, 163.1 KB
    Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program guidelines - PDF version  PDF, 276.2 KB
    Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program guidelines - Accessible   DOCX, 77.7 KB
    Application drafting tool  DOCX, 49.8 KB
    Budget drafting tool (XLS, 94.0 KB)
    FAQs - Accessible  DOCX, 47.7 KB
    Information for all applicants
    Creative Victoria Grants Portal

    Listen to the Audio guidelines

    Who to talk to

    Please note: We are experiencing a high volume of enquiries at this time, please contact only one staff member from the list below we will be in touch as soon as possible.

    Stream        Contact Person
    Stream 1
    (First Peoples)                     

    Rochelle Duke: 0409 488 175 or at rochelle.duke@creative.vic.gov.au

    Stream 2
    (Deaf and Disabled applicants)      

    Sasha Leong: 8683 3140 or at sasha.leong@creative.vic.gov.au

    Stream 3
    (Development of new work, new forms of
    delivery/connect to markets)

    Katrina Lee: 8683 3165 or at katrina.lee@creative.vic.gov.au

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

    Stream 4
    (Training/Professional development)

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

    Katrina Lee: 8683 3165 or at katrina.lee@creative.vic.gov.au


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    Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program - Info Session from Creative Victoria on Vimeo.

    Moderated by VMDO General Manager Liaison Bonnie Dalton, the Q&A session with Creative Victoria staff provided an overview of the program, including eligibility, application and assessment processes


    Frequently asked questions

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