20 May 2020
A newly created Music Industry Liaison role will help advise the Victorian Government on measures to support the state’s music economy and culture as it deals with the devastating consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
Sector leader Bonnie Dalton has accepted the Music Industry Liaison position. Bonnie is currently general manager of the Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) and has more than 15 years’ experience working across artist management, festivals, production, programming and music export.
Working day-to-day with Creative Victoria, Bonnie will have input into the design of the Government’s music support programs, develop industry resources, work with other sectors where there is mutual benefit, and support efforts to restore public confidence in attending live music events once it is safe to do so.
The appointment follows the Government’s announcement last week of a dedicated $4 million Music Industry Support Package including:
- $2.5 million for the development of new work which can be released now or be ready to launch or tour when restrictions are lifted.
- $1.5 million for training, professional and business development, and mentoring for music industry workers, including the many who work behind the scenes and have been heavily impacted.
A further $2 million was allocated to boost the $2.2 million Sustaining Creative Workers initiative, which has seen high demand since opening on 30 April, including from many in the music industry. The support is part of $49.1 million response by the Victorian Government to safeguard the state’s creative industries and jobs.