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15 August 2018

More than $60,000 in Music Works Quick Response Grants will put Victorian artists in front of new audiences, at home and overseas.

Milk! Records

Source: Milk! Records

Part of the wider Music Works Grants program, Quick Response Grants enable contemporary music artists and organisations to take up significant career or business opportunities that arise at short notice and outside our bi-annual funding rounds.

The latest round of Quick Response Grants will support a number of Victorian artists and industry professionals who have been invited to showcase at Bigsound, Australia’s leading music industry conference.

Castlemaine singer KIAN, who was this week named the winner of triple j’s 2018 Unearthed High, urban soul artist Adrian Naidu and indie pop singer Olympia will be heading up to Brisbane for the conference in early September, with support from Creative Victoria.

Totally Mild frontwoman Elizabeth Mitchell has also received a grant to showcase at Bigsound, as has retro rock’n’roller Emilee South.  Milk! Records has received support to present four acts on its roster at Bigsound 2018, including Loose Tooth, East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Jade Imagine and Hachiku.

The latest Quick Response Grants will also support a raft of international touring activity, including international tours for Mildlife and Deaf Wish, and a special concert performance by pianist/composer Joe Chindamo and violinist Zoë Black at the Spinacorona Festival in Naples, Italy.

Applications for the next round of Music Works Quick Response Grants will close on 20 September 2018.

Read more about Quick Response Grants

Music Works Quick Response Grant Recipients July 2018

Adrian Naidu, $3,000: Adrian Eagle and his band to perform showcases at BIGSOUND with a view to secure a record deal in both Australia and UK.

Deaf Wish, $8,358: Deaf Wish to support San Diego rockers, Hot Snakes, on the first leg of their European tour.

Milk! Records, $3,000: Milk! Records to assist four bands on their roster — Loose Tooth, East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Jade Imagine and Hachiku — to perform showcases at BIGSOUND and facilitate meetings and networking opportunities.

Adam Starr, $15,000: YID!, a 24-piece ensemble to headline the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto and attend strategic meetings in New York.

Emilee South, $3,000: Emilee South and her band to showcase at BIGSOUND and undertake networking opportunities.

Olympia, $3,000: Olympia and her band to showcase at BIGSOUND and attend industry meetings with a view to lock in an international team.

Thomas Larnach-Jones, $1,500: Thomas Larnach-Jones to attend the Reeperbahn Conference in Hamburg followed by meetings and professional development activities in Berlin and London.

Dandelion Wine, $3,000: Dandelion Wine to attend the Reeperbahn Conference to secure new partners to release their music in Germany.

Elizabeth Mitchell, $3,000: Elizabeth Mitchell and band to showcase at BIGSOUND with the aim of securing alliances with local and international booking agents and international labels.

Joe Chindamo, $4,772: A concert performance of original Australian music by pianist/composer Joe Chindamo and violinist Zoë Black at the Spinacorona Festival in Naples, Italy.

Dion Brownfield on behalf of Kian Brownfield, $3,000: KIAN, his band and management to attend and showcase at BIGSOUND.

Mildlife, $10,000: Mildlife to conduct a UK and Europe tour to promote their debut album titled Phase and a new 12" remix EP.