Rock on: new support for beloved community cup

12 June 2022

Melbourne’s iconic Reclink Community Cup will continue to showcase the best of Victoria’s live music scene, while supporting the work Reclink does for Australia’s most disadvantaged.

band performing on stage
Photo credit: Carbie Warbie

After a two-year hiatus, the beloved community fundraising event returned to Victoria Park on Sunday, with a $100,000 funding boost from the Victorian Government supporting the event’s live music line-up and production costs.

This year’s Community Cup performers included Ausecuma Beats and Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, with funds raised going to Reclink Australia to support sport, recreation and arts programs for people experiencing disadvantage.

A fixture on the Melbourne music community’s calendar, the Reclink Community Cup pits the Rockdogs against the Megahertz – Aussie rules football teams made up of local radio and music identities – all for a good cause.

From humble beginnings in 1993, the event now attracts more than 12,000 people and has been replicated across the nation with events in Sydney, Adelaide, Fremantle, Hobart, Brisbane and Canberra.

The Victorian Government supports Reclink with more than $8.5 million for programs including ActiVIC, which offers opportunities to people experiencing barriers to participating in sport and recreation, Move the Dial with a focus on engaging young people, and AAA Play, which promotes activities for people with a disability.

The latest grant ensures funds raised through the Community Cup can be directed to Reclink’ s important work, while delivering continued support to the state’s live music industry.

It comes on top of the $9 million On The Road Again program, which is bringing a wide range of live music gigs, festivals and events to audiences across Victoria.