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30 October 2018

From South America to the UK, LA to Ballarat – the latest Music Works Quick Response Grants will support professional development, touring and international market development opportunities for Victoria’s music industry.

Ecca Vandal

Ecca Vandal

Part of the Victorian Government’s multifaceted Music Works Grants program, Quick Response Grants enable Victorian artists and music industry professionals to take up significant career or business opportunities that arise at short notice and outside the bi-annual Music Works major funding rounds.

The latest round of Quick Response Grants will support three Victorians – Katie Besgrove (Barely Dressed Records and Look Out Kid Artist Management), Sabrina Robertson (Maths and Magic) and artist Alexander Briggs – to participate in Sounds Australia’s 2018 South American Trade Mission this December. This investment will extend the opportunities developed through the Victorian Invitation Program (VIP) earlier this year, which saw five key music industry professionals from Latin Americans come to Melbourne for networking events.

Grants will also support Victorians to attend significant events, take up performance opportunities and participate in professional development programs including the World Music Expo WOMEX 2018, the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s Annual Conference, the APRA AMCOS Songhubs program in LA, Klangwerkstatt Festival für Neue Musik in Berlin and New Zealand’s Luminate Festival.

The latest Quick Response Grants will also support international touring activity with Cash Savage and The Last Drinks bound for Europe and Harvey Sutherland and Ecca Vandal off to the UK.

Read more about Quick Response grants

Read more about the Victorian Government’s $22.2 million Music Works initiative

Music Works Quick Response Grant Recipients

Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, COBURG, $8,699
To tour Europe, capitalising on a new record deal with German independent music company Membran, and promote the upcoming release of the band's fourth studio album Good Citizens.

Ren Cuttriss-Garry, UPWEY, $1,500
3MDR's Ren Cuttriss-Garry to present at and attend the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia Annual Conference, a professional development and networking opportunity.

Michael Katz, FITZROY NORTH, $10,000
Harvey Sutherland to support Swedish electronic pop group Little Dragon at their London show, and undertake a series of media opportunities.

Demi Barton, DOCKLANDS, $4,500
A three-week trip to Los Angeles to attend industry meetings and participate in the APRA AMCOS Songhubs program.

Simmer Town, BRUNSWICK EAST, $5,000
Tour by six-piece electro hip-hop outfit Royalty Noise, alongside The Senegambian Jazz Band and solo performers Tumi & Nhatty Man, to Ballarat and Castlemaine.

Michael Guy Blackman, CLIFTON HILL, $5,000
Chapter Music management, Guy Blackman and Ben O'Connor, to attend label, booking agent and publicist meetings to support the European and UK tour of rostered artists The Goon Sax and Laura Jean.

Barely Dressed Records, NORTHCOTE, $3,500
Katie Besgrove, owner and General Manager of Barely Dressed Records and Look Out Kid Artist Management, to attend Sounds Australia's 2018 South American Trade Mission.

Ecca Vandal, SPOTSWOOD, $5,000
To support punk band Basement with a seven-show UK tour.

Good Manners Music, COLLINGWOOD, $4,200
To travel to the US to capitalise on new opportunities for their clients.

Lily Tait, BRUNSWICK EAST, $1,386
To travel to Berlin, Germany to premiere a new composition at Klangwerkstatt Festival für Neue Musik, attend rehearsals and workshops, and develop international networks.

Trent Sterling, NORTHCOTE, $3,445
The Seven Ups to perform at New Zealand’s Luminate Festival and play two side shows.

Custom-Made Touring & Artist Representation Pty Ltd, SPOTSWOOD, $5,000
Dave Batty of Custom-Made Artist Representation to travel to the US to attend business meetings in LA and Nashville.

Tanya McLaine on behalf of Sona Productions, HAWTHORN, $3,000
Sona Productions to take the Maubere Timor ensemble to Womex 2018 to network and undertake professional development activities.

Sabrina Robertson, FITZROY NORTH, $3,500
Sabrina Robertson (Maths and Magic) and artist Alexander Biggs to attend Sounds Australia's 2018 South American Trade Mission.