“Music works” – new grants for Victoria’s music industry

The Andrews Labor Government has delivered a boost to Victoria’s contemporary music industry with the announcement of Music Works Grants, a new Creative Victoria program to support musicians, music managers and industry organisations to create, develop and showcase Victorian contemporary music.

Member for Melton, Don Nardella MLA today urged Melton and Moorabool residents to apply for the grants, which are open to everyone from newcomers to established artists and musical professionals.

The grants are part of the Andrews Labor Government $12.2 million contemporary music package delivered in the 2015-16 Victorian Budget.

Music Works Grants will provide support of up to $75,000 for music projects and programs across all contemporary genres and in all areas across the state.

Full program details, including guidelines, sample applications and templates, are available at www.creative.vic.gov.au/musicgrants.

Music Works Grants will open for applications on 15 July and close on 12 August 2015. Projects supported in this round can start from 15 November 2015. Applicants are encouraged to speak to Creative Victoria’s music grants team before applying.

Mr Nardella said:

These grants are open to people in our local area who want a career in music.

Music Works Grants are part of our unprecedented investment in the sector in recognition of the important role live music plays in this state, socially, economically and culturally.

The Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, said:

We’re helping musicians take the next step in their careers and build their business skills.

Contemporary music plays a key role in our creative industries and the Andrews Labor Government is proud to support Victoria’s contemporary music sector.