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8 October 2019

Victorian music industry representatives – including managers, acts, artists and organisations – are set to strengthen national and international connections or build new audiences with support through the latest round of the Music Works  Quick Response grants program.

two ladies wearing bright pink

The Merindas. Image: Michelle Hunder

Australia’s much-loved folk-roots duo This Way North will showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference in New Orleans early next year.

Indigenous duo from The Merindas will perform with the Mission Songs Project at WOMEX in Finland, under the mentorship of Jessie Lloyd.

Australian Independent Record Labels Association will take a delegation of Victorian independent labels to Tokyo International Music Market to explore business opportunities in Japan.

Post-metal band YLVA will delve into the European market, supporting world-renowned Belgian act Amenra on a 17-date tour.

Bringing the world of music to Victoria is the focus of Port Fairy Folk Festival, which has received $7,500 to present the Folk Alliance International (FAI) ExChange in Geelong in 2020. This new conference, held in the lead up to the ‘Folkie’, will create networking opportunities for folk music artists and industry professionals to explore touring and licensing opportunities, with a focus on regional Victorian artists.

The Quick Response Grants program provides support for contemporary music industry representatives to take up opportunities that arise at short notice.

As part of the wider Music Works program, these quick turn-around grants back Victorian musicians and music professionals to advance their careers and businesses, including performing overseas and attending conferences, meetings and industry development events.

Opportunities taking place in regional Victoria are also supported through the Regional Activity stream.

The latest round provides a total of $70,923 in funding. A full list of recipients is below.


Candice Lorrae Lloyd, $3,000
For an Indigenous duo from The Merindas to perform with the Mission Songs Project at WOMEX in Finland, under the mentorship of Jessie Lloyd.

Corin Ileto, $4,123
To strengthen and develop new markets in Japan and Taiwan through a series of performances including at LUCfest.

YLVA, $15,000
To develop new markets in Europe by touring with highly regarded post-metal act Amenra.

Australian Independent Record Labels Association, $10,000
To lead a delegation of Victorian independent labels to Tokyo International Music Market to grow business opportunities for the Victorian music industry in Japan.

Port Fairy Folk Festival Inc, $7,500
To present the Folk Alliance International (FAI) ExChange conference in Geelong which will be held in the lead up to the Port Fairy Folk Festival and will bring folk music artists, industry personnel and presenters together for forums, keynote presentations and showcase concerts.

U-Bahn, $13,000
To break into the European and UK markets with a tour promoting their debut album re-release.

This Way North, $3,000
To build their international networks by showcasing at Folk Alliance International Conference in New Orleans.

DrankWater, $4,800
To develop national audiences by supporting international hip-hop artist Neako on an Australia-wide tour.

VVV Management, $3,000
For music management company VVV Management to travel to the US to showcase and explore international business opportunities for artists Eliza & The Delusionals and Devin Abrams.

The Pink Tiles, $7,500
To perform in Japan including as part of the 30th anniversary of Tokyo’s legendary garage, punk and rock and roll event, the Back from the Grave Halloween Ball.