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5 May 2016

Forty-five Victorian musicians and music initiatives, representing the remarkable diversity of our state's music industry, have been awarded almost $500,000 in funding through the latest round of the Music Works Grants program.

From funding of several initiatives supporting female artists, career-making international tours, new album recording, and festivals in regional towns, Music Works Grants will strengthen Victoria's music industry from the ground up.

Grant recipients include The Push's Girls Rock!, a five-day intensive music camp for girls and gender non-conforming youth aiming to increase participation in the music industry; singer/songwriter Emma Donovan, who receives support to embark on her first international tour; and R&B artist Meg Mac, who receives funding to tour North America.

Funding also goes to the 2016 LISTEN Conference, which will draw together Melbourne's finest female creative minds to explore gender, feminism, music and performance; and Amateur Hour, for the production and promotion of season two of the web-based music and variety show.

Helping to build the festival culture across regional towns, Music Works Grants have also been awarded to the City of Ballarat, for the presentation of the inaugural Ballarat SongWays Festival; and the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival, which receives support to increase its focus on youth programs.  

Grant recipients receiving support for international tours include Elizabeth Mitchell on behalf of pop-group Totally Mild, sibling folk duo Pierce Brothers, and Dan Sultan. Rohan Brooks, for local rock band Rudely Interrupted, will also receive funding to create new recordings and a music clip.


Adam Briggs, Brunswick, $7,000For professional travel to New Zealand to meet with writers, producers, Red Bull Music NZ, potential promoters and other artist sector experts to grow his networks, craft and audiences internationally.

Ainslie Wills, North Melbourne, $11,000For a showcase tour of the UK involving performances and industry networking opportunities.

AMATEUR HOUR, Northcote, $25,000For the production and promotion of the second season of the web-based music and variety show Amateur Hour.

Amaya Laucirica, East Melbourne, $11,577For the recording, mixing, mastering, and release of her fourth album along with an accompanying music video.

City of Ballarat, Ballarat Central, $25,000For a new festival - the Ballarat SongWays Festival - which will include workshops and performances throughout Ballarat.

B.J Bruemmer & J.J Dawes & S.C Dawes & G OConnor,  Fitzroy North, $13,000For the recording, mixing, mastering and release of a debut album and the production of a video clip by psychedelic/post-punk act, Flyying Colours.

Ben Wright Smith, Windsor, $12,000For a Victorian tour that will include metropolitan and regional shows, including workshops.

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival inc., Kennington, $4,500For the 2016 festival which aims to grow its youth focus through increased mentoring and workshops, and by providing practical stage experience to up-and-coming musicians from across Victoria.

Benjamin O'Connor, Clifton Hill, $8,994For the recording, mixing and mastering of the second album by Melbourne trio Power.

Big Smoke, Brunswick, $10,000The mixing and mastering of the rock'n'roll, pop, folk, country and soul outfit's debut album Time is Golden.

Carla dal Forno, Brunswick, $5,100For two residencies in Europe with a focus on mentoring, collaboration and increasing networks and audiences.

Dan Sultan Music Pty Ltd, Collingwood, $8,362For a 14-date tour of the USA.

Eamon McNelis, Collingwood, $4,500For the composition of a work consisting of 12 short pieces for the six-piece jazz group The Skellingtons.

East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Brunswick East, $10,000For the recording, manufacturing and promotion of the new album Dog FM.

El Perro Productions, St Kilda, $11,600For GRID (Grass Roots Indie Development) - an artist development program that provides musicians and music industry students with the skills and knowledge to create and nurture a sustainable, independent musical career.

Elizabeth Mitchell, Coburg, $15,000For a multi-city tour of the USA for pop-group Totally Mild, including performing at the CMJ conference in New York City.

Emma Donovan, Reservoir, $25,000For the first international tour by soul group Emma Donovan & the Putbacks, which will see the band play 21 shows at eight festivals and events across Canada.

Evelyn Morris, Preston, $7,000For a mentorship with experimental composer and performer Kim Myhr in France and a residency at Kuntlerhaus Boswil, Switzerland.

Jemma & The Clifton Hillbillies, Clifton Hill, $15,000For a tour of the USA and a showcase performance at the Americana Festival.

Jim Lawrie, Footscray, $7,500For the recording, mixing, mastering and release of an album and two singles.

Katie Collins, Fitzroy, $4,480For the recording, mixing, mastering and release of an EP and associated video artworks by this emerging electro-pop artist.

Leah Senior, Brunswick, $5,400For the creation and release of her new psych-folk album Pretty Faces.

LISTEN, Brunswick, $13,500For the 2016 LISTEN Conference which will draw together Melbourne's finest female creative minds to examine ideas aligned with gender, feminism, creativity, music and performance.

Matt Weston on behalf of the Cosmic Psychos, Drummond, $10,000For a European tour by seminal Australian punk band the Cosmic Psychos.

Meg Mac, Geelong, $15,000For a North American tour including performances at the Governor's Ball, Hangout Music Festival and Field Trip Music Festival.

Michael Katz, Princes Hill, $14,500For a summer European tour by synth outfit Harvey Sutherland and Bermuda.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Ronny Kareni, South Melbourne, $11,755For the recording, mixing, mastering and duplication of a 10-track debut album by West Papuan ensemble, The Black Orchid Stringband.

Nattali Rize, Sunshine, $15,000For a three-month international tour with co-creative, producer and guitarist Carlo Santone and a full band to promote her new solo reggae project.

Pierce Brothers Pty Ltd, West Footscray, $13,100For a tour across Europe and the UK, including a mix of key festival performances and headline shows.

Pound Records, Mount Evelyn, $9,000For a three-week tour of Canada by blues, country and folk artist Archer, including performances at Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Blues and Quebec City Festival.

Progressive Broadcasting Service Cooperative Limited, Collingwood, $18,800For the PBS Diversity and Access Program, a program to increase participation rates by women in broadcast activities at PBS 106.7FM.

Puta Madre Brothers, Castlemaine, $6,220For the recording, mixing and mastering of Puta Madre Brothers' third album.

Rat & Co, Lorne, $8,330For the mixing and mastering of the third album by the electronic/hip hop outfit.

Richard Chew, Ballarat Central, $2,500For the mixing, mastering, production and release of The Last of England, an original work for solo piano.

Rohan Brooks, Northcote, $11,500For the recording, mixing and mastering of new works, and the production of a music video for local and international release.

Role Model Artists, Albert Park, $10,000For the recording, mixing and mastering of the second album by indie-pop outfit Pearls.

Sara Retallick, Richmond, $10,000For the production, marketing and national release of the debut album for her new experimental pop project Golden Syrup.

Slum Sociable, Albert Park, $10,000For a UK showcase tour by the jazz hop group in May 2016.

Supple Fox, Brunswick, $14,866For a series of professional development opportunities for creative agency Supple Fox, including a residency at UCLA, attendance at the Red Bull Music Academy in Ontario, and industry meetings in New York and Nashville.

The Bombay Royale, Preston, $5,000For the recording, mixing, mastering and release of their third album, with accompanying video clips.

The Mae Trio, Castlemaine, $10,000For the final stage of recording, mixing and mastering in Nashville and Melbourne of the sophomore album for this folk act.

The Push Incorporated on behalf of Shannon Driscoll, Yarraville, $10,000For Girls Rock! a five-day intensive music camp for young women (12-17 years) run by female mentors, which aims to increase the participation of girls and gender non-conforming youth in music industry.

The Push Incorporated, Brunswick, $14,400For Push Songs, an all-ages songwriter's program providing professional and peer support, new song feedback, music industry information, networking and performance opportunities.

Tjimba Possum-Burns, Indented Head, $5,000For a mentorship program which will see Tjimba mentor younger Indigenous singers/rappers taking them through rehearsal and performance, and recording demo versions of classic Australian Indigenous songs.

William Cuming, Fitzroy, $9,400For the recording, production, mixing and mastering of a third studio EP by electronic and alternative pop artist Lanks.