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6 June 2018

Lior, Ecca Vandal and RVG are among fifty Victorian music makers and shakers to receive grants in the latest round of the Music Works program.

A photo of the band RVG

RVG has received funding via the Music Works program. Image courtesy RVG.

More than $570,000 in funding has been awarded for a diverse range of projects that will take Victorian music to new audiences at home and abroad and support musicians and industry workers to build their careers and business networks.

Acts across all genres – including indie/folk group Tinpan Orange and psychedelic rock band Buried Feather – have received support for upcoming international tours; while engineer and producer Callum Barter will receive support to undertake a three-month placement in LA to build his skills and international networks.

Former Lucksmiths bassist Mark Monnone has received a grant to record and promote his second solo album under the moniker Monnone Alone, and Yorta Yorta songwriter Neil Morris’ grant will support him to write and record his debut album which will blend hip hop, soul and spoken word poetry.

The latest round also includes a series of all ages gigs at Northcote Social Club, a concert event that will celebrate the soundtracks of Australian video games, and support for the YoWo Music program for young women and gender non-conforming teenagers to record a full-length album to showcase the participants’ talent.

The Victorian Government’s $22.2 million Music Works initiative was launched in 2015 with a range of programs to strengthen the state’s music industry at all levels.

To date, Music Works grant programs have supported more than 1,000 new local and international touring opportunities and 1,700 music projects – ranging from album recordings, to professional development activities – 50 business and creative mentorships and soundproofing projects at more than 60 venues.

The latest round of grants follows last month’s announcement that a new headquarters for Victoria’s music industry – the Music Market – will open at Collingwood Arts Precinct next year.

Applications for the next round of Music Works Grants will close on 19 July for projects commencing from 1 November 2018.

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A Thoughtful Spot Pty Ltd, ELSTERNWICK, $20,000
Lior to undertake a three-week European tour where he will perform and make industry contacts to support the release of new material.            

Alexander Biggs, THORNBURY, $3,784
To travel to the UK to perform at The Great Escape festival and to attend a series of meetings and network opportunities with industry stakeholders aimed at securing a UK booking agent.

Ali Barter, FOOTSCRAY, $13,400
To record, mix and master her second studio album.

Amyl and the Sniffers, COBURG, $24,615
Rock n roll, pub punk four-piece Amyl And The Sniffers to travel to the UK and North America. The UK leg will encompass The Great Escape festival, a sold-out show in London and an in-store performance at the legendary record store Rough Trade. In North America they will perform 20 shows in support of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard.

Angie McMahon, ALPHINGTON, $11,000
Angie McMahon and her band to undertake a showcase tour of the UK and Europe including meetings with industry representatives.

Annabelle Kingston, FOOTSCRAY, $10,000
The recording and production of a new full-length album and video clip by Waterfall Person, the solo project of Melbourne musician Annabelle Kingston.      

Beechworth Music Festival, BEECHWORTH, $1,804
Support for the directors of the Beechworth Music Festival to travel to Melbourne to attend the 2018 Music Cities Convention.

Ben Finocchiaro, COLLINGWOOD, $8,360
A tour of Europe and Japan by drum and bass artist Safire.

Braille Face, BRUNSWICK EAST, $6,500
Dance/electronic artist Braille Face to travel to New York and Los Angeles to undertake writing, recording, and performances ahead of a comprehensive album release campaign.

Brie Jorgensen, BRUNSWICK WEST, $3,500
To travel to New York to attend A2IM Indie Week, a leading international conference for independent record labels. The conference is an opportunity to network and develop new business opportunities for local label Spirit Level and the roster of artists it represents.

C W Stoneking, FOOTSCRAY, $15,000
C.W. Stoneking to record, mix and master his fourth album at the famed studio Memphis Magnetic Recording Co in Tennessee.

Callum Barter, NORTHCOTE, $14,543
Engineer and producer Callum Barter to grow his knowledge and skill set through a three-month stint in the USA where he will assist successful Los Angeles based engineers, producers and studios, as well as working to develop his international networks.

Crescendo Music Australia, MELBOURNE, $9,000
To deliver UnderSCORE, a concert where a live orchestra will perform soundtracks from Australian made digital games. The concert will showcase the craft of composing for games and will build links between local contemporary musicians and key industry players in the film and game development industries.

East Brunswick All Girls Choir, BRUNSWICK EAST, $12,440
To undertake a nine-date tour of Australia and New Zealand as the main support for Courtney Barnett.

Ecca Vandal, FOOTSCRAY, $15,000
Ecca Vandal to conduct headline, festival and showcase performances across the UK and Europe and develop new material.

Foreign National, THORNBURY, $7,000
Indie/pop act Foreign/National to record, mix and master their second studio album.

Gravemind, PRAHAN, $9,200
The metal band Gravemind to record their debut album.

Harrison Storm, $5,000
Singer/songwriter Harrison Storm to take up an invitation to perform a showcase at the East Coast Music Awards, Festival and Conference 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Canadian Music Week.

The recording, mixing and mastering of HTRK's fourth studio album.

IV League, BRUNSWICK EAST, $8,500
The recording, mixing and mastering of IV League’s debut EP, to be produced and recorded in collaboration with acclaimed Victorian producer Malcolm Besley.

Jess Fairfax on behalf of Nhatty Mann, WARRANDYTE, $16,500
The creation of four music videos to accompany the release of the second album by Melbourne-based Ethiopian artist Nhatty Man.

Jesse Lubitz, CAULFIELD SOUTH, $10,000
Indie-folk act Tinpan Orange to undertake a tour of Germany including performances at leading festivals.

Jessie Lloyd, ST ALBANS, $8,000
To undertake a tour of The Mission Songs Project throughout NSW and the NT.

Justin Marshall, CASTLEMAINE, $20,000
The creation, recording and production of a second full length album by Melbourne based soul/jazz group The Putbacks, in collaboration with singer Emma Donovan.

Katherine Campbell, CARLTON NORTH, $12,086
A three-month DJ tour by Roza Terenzi across Europe and Canada to promote three record releases on international labels. During the tour she will aim to secure a European booking agent and meet with labels who have expressed interest in future collaboration

Laura Jean, THORNBURY, $20,000
To undertake a tour of the UK and Europe to promote her upcoming album, Devotion.  

Mark Monnone, BRUNSWICK, $9,185
The recording, mixing, mastering and promotion of Monnone Alone's second album.

Michael Katz, FITZROY NORTH, $10,000
The recording, mixing, mastering and art direction of Melbourne producer and instrumentalist Mike Katz's (Harvey Sutherland) debut LP.

Mijo Biscan, FAIRFIELD, $11,000
The promotion of Mijo Biscan’s new alt/rock/pop solo album, Golden Moment.

Monkey Marc, COLLINGWOOD, $20,000
A national tour by Monkey Marc with two Jamaican artists in support of the album, Vital Sound.

Moonlover, FOOTSCRAY, $6,250
A national tour to support their latest LP.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Solomon Sisay, SOUTH MELBOURNE, $7,000
Melbourne-based Ethiopian saxophone player Solomon Sisay to record, mix, master, release and promote his debut EP.

Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc on behalf of Thandolwethu Sikwila, SOUTH MELBOURNE, $13,200
Singer/songwriter Thando and her band to record and produce a five-song EP, videos and a 'making of' documentary.

Nattali Rize, ST KILDA, $15,000
Natalie Rize to record, mix and master her second full length album.

Neil Morris, COBURG, $13,000
The writing, recording, mixing, mastering, promotion and a short production run of Neil Morris' debut album.            

Nina Buchanan, COBURG, $8,000
The recording, mixing, mastering and pressing of Nina Buchanan’s first full length album. The project will also involve the creation of two video clips and PR activities.

Nite Fleit, CARLTON NORTH, $10,000
An eight-week tour of the UK, Europe and the USA to promote the debut EP from DJ and producer Nite Fleit.

Northcote Social Club, NORTHCOTE, $12,000
A series of all ages gigs that will open up Northcote Social Club, and its music program, to a new generation of audiences.

Matthew Sheers to record, mix, master, produce and publicise his debut album ORCHA.

Pete Keen, SOUTH MELBOURNE, $4,815
The artist, creative director and founder of Melbourne's Sugar Mountain festival Pete Keen to travel to Brazil to take part in key festivals and arts/music conferences where he will build connections across Latin America.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, SOUTH MELBOURNE, $12,500
Pop/punk act Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever to tour the US including performances at Coachella and the Shaky Knees festival in Atlanta.

RVG, PRESTON, $17,200
RVG to embark on their first international tour through Europe and the United Kingdom following the re-release of their critically acclaimed debut album, A Quality of Mercy.

School Damage, NORTHCOTE, $9,897
For the alternative/indie four-piece School Damage to undertake promotional activities and a national tour to promote their latest album. Promotional activities include the creation of two music videos, a photo shoot and creating merchandise and posters.

Small Island Big Song, MOUNT ELIZA, $25,187
To launch the Small Island Big Song project - which brings together artists from across the Indian and Pacific Oceans - internationally via a four-week tour of Europe where the group will perform at festivals and venues.

Sophie Klein, CARNEGIE, $11,000
A marketing and promotional campaign, including a music video, to accompany the release of a new album by Little Wise.

Stephen McLennan, COBURG, $5,993
A European tour by Melbourne psychedelic rock band, Buried Feather, in support of their third full-length album.        

Swim Team, BRUNSWICK, $9,627
Melbourne band Swim Team to record, release and distribute their forthcoming debut album.

TEK TEK Ensemble, COBURG, $6,500
Support for TEK TEK Ensemble to produce a 10-track album that captures the essence of the band’s dynamic live performance style.

Two People, COLLINGWOOD, $10,000
A seven-date national tour to support the release of their debut album.

Young Women's Music Incorporated, ALPHINGTON, $10,000
Support for the YoWo Music program, which works with young women and gender non-conforming teenagers, to create, release and promote a full length album that showcases the participants' talents.