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17 September 2015

Creative Victoria's new Music Works - Quick Response grants program is sending a contingent of Victorian music industry professionals to the College Music Journal (CMJ) Music Marathon in New York.

$50,000 in grants will support five Victorian bands and two music managers to travel to New York in October to participate CMJ, one of the world's most important showcases for emerging musicians.

CMJ was established in 1980 and brings together over 1,400 artists from across the globe to perform in more than 80 of New York's theatres, clubs and venues. The event is a key showcase and networking opportunity for acts looking to break into the USA and Northern American markets and has been credited as the launching pad for international acts such as Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga and R.E.M and Victorian artists including Courtney Barnett and Gotye.

The Quick Response grants will support Victorian country-soul artist Fraser A Gorman, folk-pop duo Pierce Brothers, pop act Good Morning, electronic dance artist Sui Zhen and jazz-hop duo Slum Sociable to perform at the festival.

The local contingent will also include Victorian music managers Melanie Lewis, manager of soul artist Ngaiire, and Catherine Haridy, manager of alternative pop act Tigertown, who will travel to New York to represent their artists, who will also be performing showcases this year. 

About Music Works – Quick Response

Just launched, the Music Works – Quick Response program is part of the Victorian Government's ground-breaking Music Works initiative. It will enable Victorian contemporary musicians and industry personnel to take advantage of career enabling opportunities that fall outside the biannual Music Works Grants deadlines.

The Quick Response Grants program will support activities such as attendance at trade fairs and conferences, speaking engagements, participation in skills development workshops, and local and international touring opportunities.

Individuals and groups can apply for grants of between $1,000 and $5,000, while groups and organisations are eligible to apply for up to $15,000. Applications will be assessed in 8 weeks or less. 

The Music Works Quick Response program will currently offer four grant rounds each year. The next closing date is Monday 5 October 2015.


All recipients will be travelling to New York City to participate in the CMJ Music Marathon from 13-17 October 2015.

  • Fraser A Gorman, WEST MELBOURNE $10,000
  • Melanie Lewis, Manager of Ngaiire, PRESTON $5,000
  • Catherine Haridy, Manager or Tigertown, THORNBURY $5,000
  • David Morgan on behalf of Pierce Brothers, WEST FOOTSCRAY  $10,000
  • Daniel Rutman on behalf of Good Morning, CAULFIELD NORTH $10,000
  • Rebecca Freeman (Sui Zhen), BRUNSWICK EAST  $5,000
  • Slum Sociable, MORDIALLOC $5,000