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21 June 2018

An exploration of Melbourne’s punk history, a feminist music festival and a permanent tribute to Molly Meldrum are the among the latest music history projects to be supported through the Rockin’ The Laneways program.

A photo of Molly Meldrum

Molly Meldrum. Courtesy Profile Talent.

Five diverse projects will share in grants totaling $122,450 to celebrate and share Victoria’s music history with locals and tourists alike.

The City of Yarra has received a $40,000 grant towards its tribute to local music legend Molly Meldrum. A bronze statue of the man in the hat will be installed in a public park located behind the iconic Corner Hotel in Richmond and this grant will support the creation of an accompanying mural that will showcase the suburb’s music history.

The Geelong region will become a muse in ‘Connecting Song’, a program led by the City of Greater Geelong that will see established musicians Mark Wilson (Jet), Mick Thomas (Weddings Parties Anything) and Sarah Carroll (Ukulele Queen of the Bellarine) mentor three unsigned musicians to produce three original songs about Geelong.

Documentary filmmaker Tim Stone has received support for a project that collects stories, images and videos about the birth of Melbourne’s punk scene. Working with digital artist Aya Hatano and the team from Bakehouse Studios, he will create a series of animations and an accompanying program of talks and spoken word events.

Rounding out the round, Melbourne’s women of punk and rock will be celebrated at ‘Rah! Rah!’ a new arts and music festival, and the Melbourne Music Guide will tell the city’s music story, from the trailblazers of yesteryear to the artists, record stores, radio stations and venues of today.

Rockin’ The Laneways is part of the Victorian Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative to strengthen and celebrate contemporary music across the state. The program supports projects that help to record and revive Victoria’s music heritage and to share it with the community.


Zen Arcade, North Melbourne - $25,000
To create the Melbourne Music Guide, a 200+ page book that celebrates why Melbourne is one of the world’s leading live-music cities. Aimed at locals and tourists alike, the guide will trace the Melbourne’s music history and will showcase the artists, key record stores, community radio stations, venues that currently call the city home.

Tim Stone, Northcote - $25,000
Documentary maker Tim Stone will work in collaboration with digital artist Aya Hatano and Quincy Mclean and Helen Marcou of Bakehouse Studios to undertake a social history project that will collect first hand stories from artists, musicians, producers and punters who were there at the birth of Melbourne’s punk scene. Their research will form a series of animated videos that will be accompanied by talks and spoken word events.

Janelle Johnstone, Northcote - $17,450
To stage the Rah! Rah! Festival, a contemporary feminist music and arts festival that will shine a light on the past 25 years of female generated rock and punk music from Melbourne-based musicians.

City of Greater Geelong - $15,000
For ‘Connecting Song’, a mentoring program where three established musicians - Mark Wilson (Jet), Mick Thomas (Weddings Parties Anything) and Sarah Carroll (Ukulele Queen of the Bellarine), who each have significant ties to the Geelong Region, will mentor three unsigned musicians to produce original songs inspired by Geelong. The three songs and video clips will be recorded and screened at Geelong After Dark 2019.

City of Yarra, Richmond - $40,000
As part of Council’s revitalisation works to Wangaratta Street Park, located behind The Corner Hotel, a bronze statue of local music identity Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum by acclaimed Melbourne artist Louis Lauman will be installed. This grant will build on this project by supporting a mural for the park that will tell the story of local music.

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