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27 October 2015

Victorian singer WILSN will travel to the States with the help of a $5,000 Music Works Quick Response Grant, building on the considerable attention she has generated through her self-published Youtube videos.

Victorian singer WILSN will travel to the States with the help of a $5,000 Music Works Quick Response Grant, building on the considerable attention she has generated through her self-published Youtube videos.

In September, WILSN's song 'Walking For Days' was the sixth most viral track globally on Spotify, generating intense interest in her music. Capitalising on this momentum, WILSN and her manager will visit New York in early December - between Thanksgiving holidays and Christmas holidays – to connect with US booking agents, music publishers, record labels, media and music placement companies during the last working period of 2015. 

Complementing the main Music Works grants program, Quick Response Grants are designed to enable Victorian music professionals to take advantage of important opportunities that arise at late notice and outside of the normal funding cycle. 

In this latest tranche, almost $50,000 will be distributed to Victoria music industry professionals for a range of career-making and  industry capacity building activities at home and overseas.

With growing momentum behind the organisation, $3500 has been allocated to support the LISTEN Conference 2015 at the Darebin Music Feast. LISTEN exists to spark and cultivate discussion and documentation around women and LGBTQ people's involvement in music and the two day conference will explore issues and opportunities in the Victorian music landscape.

The Amphlett Lane Stirrers will receive $1,759 to present the inaugural concert in Amphlett Lane, named after Chrissy Amphlett of The Divinyls. Presented as part of Melbourne Music Week 2015, the event pays tribute to a local legend while celebrating the unique culture of Melbourne's laneways.

Music Works Quick Response Grants offer $1,000 to $5,000 for individuals or $1,000 to $15,000 for groups/organisations, for projects that fall outside of the normal grant funding cycle.


Dave Graney                                                                                                          $10,000
To support a tour of the UK by Dave Graney and The MistLY following their appearance at the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Wales in early 2016.

Kingswood Band Pty Ltd                                                                                      $10,000
To support the international expansion of the band Kingswood through activities involving showcasing, meetings, publicity and marketing campaigns and the development of international networks.

C W Stoneking                                                                                                       $7,741   
To support a strategic plan that will see C W Stoneking relocate to the USA for 2016, building audiences and industry relationships to give him the best opportunity to achieve the greatest level of success.

WILSN                                                                                                                    $5,000   
To support WILSN and her manager/producer to travel to New York and Los Angeles in November 2015, to meet with US music publishers and labels.

Hub Management on behalf of DUNE                                                                                $5,000   
To support the international single release of DUNE's 'Knife Fight'. Jade McRae, under the project name DUNE, will release her new single to both international and local markets.

Tim Guy                                                                                                                  $3,599
To support a release campaign and launch for Chords, a new album by Tim Guy.

LISTEN Conference 2015                                                                                    $3,500   
The LISTEN Conference 2015, will provide the Darebin Council and Victorian musical communities with a unique opportunity to engage in creative discussion on ideas aligned with gender, feminism, creativity, music and performance. To be held over two days at Darebin Music Feast in 2015.

Peter Knight                                                                                                          $3,000
To support travel to Chennai, India, allowing Peter Knight to take up an invitation to collaborate with Karaikkudi R Mani in concert presentations and to develop new possibilities for working in India both as an individual and with the Australian Art Orchestra.

Jenny Valentish on behalf of The Amphlett Lane Committee                        $1,759
To support The Amphlett Lane Stirrers to present the first event in Amphlett Lane (named after Chrissy Amphlett of The Divinyls) on the closing day of Melbourne Music Week 2015.