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27 November 2017

Victorian music is set to ring out on the stage, on screen and in studios across the globe thanks to the latest round of grants through the Victorian Government’s Music Works program.

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Grants totalling $548,688 will support a diverse range of music projects that will stimulate the state’s music economy and create new employment and growth opportunities.

Part of the Victorian Government’s $22.2 million Music Works initiative, the Music Works Grants program provides support to Victorian musicians, music industry professionals and industry organisations to create, develop and showcase Victorian contemporary music to audiences at home and abroad.

The latest round includes support for:

  • Alex Lahey to tour to the USA and for Castlemaine duo The Teskey Brothers to follow up their sell-out 2017 Australian tour with their first international tour to the USA and UK.
  • New albums by indie/rock singer songwriter Laura Imbruglia, folk duo Oh Pep!, alternative act RVG, and the Mission Songs project, which revives Indigenous songs that were composed and performed between 1900 and 1999.
  • A program of activities to celebrate the 30th anniversary of youth music organisation The Push and a documentary series that will showcase artists that have participated in Multicultural Arts Victoria’s music programs.

A range of professional, access and business development programs have also been supported including the Girls Rock! Melbourne Camp for young female, trans, and gender diverse youth, and a skills development program by Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio that will cover all aspects of electronic music production and composition.

The City of Maribyrnong’s ground-breaking Bandmates program - which matches people with disability and/or mental health issues with volunteers to join them at gigs - received support alongside grants to strengthen marketing activities for Grampians Music Festival, Gaytimes Festival and Aboriginal music festival NaranaFest.

The next round of Music Works Grants closes in February 2018 for projects commencing from 1 June 2018.

Read more about Music Works

Music Works Grant Recipients


Liz Stringer, COBURG NORTH, $12,000
The recording, mixing and mastering of Liz Stringer's sixth album. The album will be produced and recorded at the acclaimed Dunk River Sound Studio on Canada’s Prince Edward Island and will be mastered in Toronto.

Mathew Barker, FAWKNER, $7,377
To travel to the USA and Canada for a series of meetings and networking opportunities with film and television producers where Mathew will present his original music and pitch for opportunities as a composer and music supervisor.

Grampians Music Festival, HALLS GAP, $13,000
The implementation of a new marketing plan to increase the profile and audience of the Grampians Music Festival 2018 and to promote the participating local musicians.

Ella Stiles, FAIRFIELD, $5,500
The recording, mixing and mastering of eight new songs for Ella’s third studio album and the production of a music video.

Lear Hodgkins, FITZROY, $11,000
The recording, mixing and mastering of the debut album by Melbourne folk pop duo Miss Eileen and King Lear, in collaboration with renowned Victorian producer Edwin White.

Marrma Rom Two Worlds Foundation, GROVEDALE, $10,000
For the recording, mixing and mastering of the debut album by Yolngu artist Yirrmal in collaboration with established songwriters and mentors.

Eilish Gilligan, WATTLE GLEN, $3,500
To engage an experienced radio PR company to undertake a campaign to support the release of Eilish Gilligan's upcoming EP.

Alex Lahey, ALBERT PARK, $25,000
Alex Lahey to tour the United States in support of her album, I Love You Like A Brother.

The Lovely Days, POINT COOK, $9,049
The Lovely Days to undertake a market development tour of Germany and Austria in November/December 2017.

Ella Thompson, COBURG, $10,000
Ella Thompson to engage artistic direction for marketing including two videos, photo shoot and album artwork in support of her album, Like Running Water.

June Jones, BRUNSWICK EAST, $7,905
The recording and production for June Jones' debut album, as well as a music video for one single.

Jessie Lloyd, ST ALBANS, $15,000
The recording, mixing and mastering of the next Mission Songs Project album, led by Jessie Lloyd and produced by Colin Leadbetter.

Laura Imbruglia, NORTHCOTE, $12,000
The recording and production of Laura Imbruglia's new album at Head Gap Studio and Pocket Full of Stones Studio.  Release to be accompanied by a publicity plan including two music videos.

Oh Pep!, COLLINGWOOD, $15,970
Oh Pep! to record a new album with Tony Buchan.

Hot Topic, FAIRFIELD, $5,000
The recording, mixing and mastering of Hot Topic's debut album.

Presentation and recording of PBS 106.7FM's Drive Live, a week-long series of live-to-air performances by 15 emerging and established artists.

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre, GROVEDALE, $8,000
The production and expanded marketing strategy for NaranaFest 2018 - a one day festival showcasing Aboriginal music, culture and art.

Freya Josephine Hollick, BALLARAT EAST, $13,000
A national tour for Freya Josephine Hollick.

Karl Scullin, BRUNSWICK, $7,650
The recording, mixing and mastering of Bushwalking's album with Jack Farley at Smooch Studios, with dedicated pre-production rehearsal time.

Lamine Sonko, NOTTING HILL, $15,000
A national co-headline tour for Lamine Sonko and The African Intelligence and Ajak Kwai.

John Flanagan, PRESTON, $10,000
Publicity and marketing for John Flanagan Trio's album release, single release and national tour.

Lydia Fairhall, SUNSHINE, $10,000
The recording, production, launch and marketing for Tigerlilly's debut album.

Hysterical Records, NORTHCOTE, $8,591
Hysterical Records to undertake professional development activities in the United States to create and expand opportunities for the label.

John McAll, BELLFIELD, $10,000
The recording, mixing and mastering of John McAll's new album, Black Money Trilogy.

My Disco, BRUNSWICK EAST, $12,516
The recording and mixing of My Disco's album in Berlin and Melbourne.

Mark Lang, POINT LONSDALE, $9,900
The production, release and publicity for Mark Lang's debut solo EP.

Girls Rock Melbourne, Brunswick West, $22,500
The delivery of Girls Rock! Melbourne Camp, a five-day intensive music camp for young female, trans, and gender diverse youth (aged 10-17 years) run by female, trans and gender diverse mentors.

Kelly Day, THORNBURY, $10,000
The recording, production, and release of a full-length album for Broads.

The Push, BRUNSWICK, $28,750
The Push to stage a series of events and activities including a free, high profile, inner city, all ages live music concert, art/photographic exhibition and industry gathering/launch to celebrate the Push's 30th Anniversary and to provide practical experience to emerging music sector workers and artists.

Oscar Poncell, BRUNSWICK, $15,801
The Chromatic Memory is a mini-documentary series featuring artists off the Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) roster, curated collectively by Timber Music Box (TMB) and MAV.

Good Manners Music, COLLINGWOOD, $12,000
The presentation of Seasons, a music and arts event series that spans across four events within a year – one in each season.

City Calm Down, KEW, $15,000
City Calm Down to tour the United Kingdom and Europe in November 2017 to support the release of a new single and set up for an album release and tour in 2018.

City of Maribyrnong, FOOTSCRAY, $10,000
The development of the Bandmates Victoria program that matches people with disability and/or mental health issues (PWDMHI) and volunteers with each other to see live music in Melbourne venues.

Beatrice Lewis, PRAHRAN, $5,000
The marketing and release of Beatrice Lewis' debut EP.

Elizabeth Mitchell, COBURG, $5,000
An international publicity campaign for Totally Mild in support of the release of their second album.

Hugh Nathaniel Rabinovici, BRUNSWICK WEST, $8,694
The mixing, mastering, marketing and album artwork for The Do Yo Thangs' debut album.

Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio Ltd, FITZROY NORTH, $30,000
The MESS Professional Development Program is a professional, artist-driven education program that provides tuition and masterclasses across all areas of electronic music production, facilitation and composition. The course comprises 12 group workshops and 24 individual sessions.

Gaytimes Festival, CLIFTON HILL, $16,000
Targeted marketing to LGBTIQ audiences interstate, in regional Victoria and outer metropolitan Melbourne for the Gaytimes Festival 2018

The Teskey Brothers, CASTLEMAINE, $25,000
An international tour by The Teskey Brothers including the SXSW conference, headline shows across USA, a showcase at Great Escape Festival and headline shows across the UK.

RVG, PRESTON, $10,450
The recording, mixing and mastering of RVG's second full length record.

Eugene Ughetti, THORNBURY, $12,750
A solo percussion album by Eugene Ughetti featuring major works commissioned and premiered over a 12-year period by seven highly regarded composers.


Bill O’Connell, MOONEE PONDS, $2,820
For an innovative 15-date tour that sees singer/songwriter Bill O’Connell performing in independent bookshops across regional Victoria.

Sara Retallick, RICHMOND, $2,965
To travel to South Africa to participate in a two-week recording workshop led by celebrated sound artist Francisco Lopez.

Brian El Dorado and the Tuesday People, FITZROY, $3,000
Support for the seven-piece rock/funk outfit to tour to regional Victoria as part of a national tour to celebrate the launch of the group’s latest album, Wildfire.

Alithia, NORTHCOTE, $12,000
Support for progressive rock outfit Alithia to undertake a 29-date European tour that spans 17 countries. The tour will showcase Alithia alongside high profile European acts in the progressive rock genre.

For a representative of music event organisation Musiktrafik to travel to Poland to attend WOMEX 2017 to represent Victorian artists and to travel to Turkey to meet with Turkish record labels to secure album distribution opportunities for Victorian acts.

Small Island Big Song, MOUNT ELIZA, $5,000
For a five-week trip across Asia and Europe that will see composer, film director and producer Tim Cole and producer BaoBao Chen present their collaborative video and music project Small Island Big Sound at international forums and to music labels and agents. The project seeks to unite musicians across the island nations of Asia, Pacific and Indian oceans through song and storytelling. It will be presented at WOMEX in Poland. The trip will also include DJ/VJ shows in Asia and Europe.

Samantha Tutic, PARK ORCHARDS, $5,000
For Samsaruh to undertake an 11-date national tour in support of Dean Lewis.

Sean LaBrooy Analogue Attic, NORTHCOTE, $7,000
For DJ/ dance collaboration Albrecht LaBrooy and Sleep D’s first tour to Japan to support the release of the group’s second 12-inch record.

Good Manners Music, BALWYN, $4,000
For representatives from music label Good Manners Music to travel to Europe for a series of business meetings with European labels, publishers, booking agents and media in order to generate new opportunities for acts on its roster.

Ben Montero, COBURG, $4,000
For soft rock outfit Montero to play a 21-date UK/Europe tour supporting popular Canadian artist Mac DeMarco.