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25 July 2017

The latest round of Rockin’ the Laneways grants will provide close to $130,000 in grants to support six projects that explore how our music industry developed - from the incredible contribution of our Traditional Owners to the artists, events and venues of today.


The projects that will engage 75 musicians and artists and a further 21 music industry workers in the year ahead.

The supported projects include a new podcast and radio documentary that tells the stories of iconic music venues of the past; a project that will see Melbourne billboards celebrate Victorian women in music; a new Melbourne Music Bus tour to explore iconic music sites and a project to create an art installation in Melbourne’s AC/DC Lane that pays tribute to Bon Scott.

Support has also been provided for a concert event in Marysville that will pay tribute to the 60s and 70s, an era that saw acts such as Johnny O’Keefe perform in the region and a project that will see Wurundjeri Elders, musicians and artists come together to create a sound trail that explores the Wurunderji history and heritage of the area that is now home to the Abbotsford Convent.

Find out more about the Rockin’ the Laneways program


Abbotsford Convent Foundation, ABBOTSFORD: $50,000
For Ngulu-nganjin, a two part project in partnership with the Wurundjeri Tribe and Land Council that will showcase the contemporary and historical Indigenous culture of the area. Ngulu-nganjin – which means ‘our voice’ in Wurundjeri language - will encompass a series of new Wurundjeri music works, developed in response to the site and its history. This music will be available on the Convent’s app and will form an Indigenous sound trail which will capture traditional language and stories through a contemporary lens and will enable visitors to explore the Convent precinct guided by Wurundjeri voice.

Cherry Bar, MELBOURNE: $25,000
For the creation of a permanent art installation in Melbourne’s AC/DC Lane that honours the memory of AC/DC lead singer, Bon Scott.

Lions Club of Marysville and District Inc. on behalf of Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend, MARYSVILLE: $3,000
To support a concert event that will pay tribute to, and uncover, the musical heritage of Marysville and surrounds.  Held as a prelude to the Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend in October, the concert will celebrate the music of the 1960s and 1970s, a time when concerts by the likes of Johnny O’Keefe, drew locals and visitors to the legendary Crossways Tavern (one of the town’s few original buildings to have survived the 2009 bushfires) and other nearby guesthouses. In addition to the concert the team will gather and display memorabilia and stories from locals and businesses that share the  musical stories of the region.

Melbourne Music Bus, FITZROY NORTH: $22,500
To launch the Melbourne Music Bus, a monthly tour for tourists and locals alike to experience the stories and sites that make up Melbourne’s music history. Piloted between 2013 and 2016 as part of the Leaps and Bounds music festival the tour will take in the Melbourne CBD and key music sites in St Kilda, Carlton, South Melbourne, Richmond, Fitzroy and Collingwood ranging from important Indigenous music sites and sites that have inspired songs to places where iconic film clips were shot and spaces the general public don’t usually see such as recording and rehearsal studios.

Patrick Furze, CLIFTON HILL: $2,089
For the production of a five part radio documentary/podcast series that will highlight some of the culturally important music venues of Melbourne's past. The series, which will air on PBS and will be a monthly feature for Beat’s online magazine, will explore the history of each venue and explore the stories of the people, the community and the music that gave the venue its music credentials.

Michelle Grace Hunder, NORTH MELBOURNE: $25,000
For a project that will utilise six billboards in high traffic areas across Melbourne to promote Victorian women that have been key figures in our music history.