Industry: Music Victoria launch Live Music Professionals

Melbourne independent promoters, venue owners, venue managers and band bookers can get a free professional and business development program. Music Victoria has opened applications for Live Music Professionals 2018, which runs from July to November. They close Tuesday April 3 at musicvictoria.com.au/LMP.
Successful applicants will be matched with music industry pros for one-on-one coaching sessions in key business-based areas. In 2017 the coaches included publicist and manager Carolyn Logan, owner of The Tote and Bar Open Jon Perring, Groovin The Moo booker Richard Moffat, manager and co-producer of the Hills Are Alive Festival Aidan McLaren, and Alex Zaccaria of digital marketing agency Bolster.
To strengthen Victoria’s live music sector by fostering successful music businesses, participants will also attend specialised workshops, masterclasses and conferences while also having access to networking.
2017 participant, venue operator Jeremy Furze said as a result, he implemented a new marketing plan for Some Velvet Morning and the confidence to take on a second venue, The Bridge in Castlemaine. Sally Mather of The Corner Group, a coach, called it “a great way to connect with people in different facets of the industry and it was really exciting to see the enthusiasm everyone had to learn, share and really make the most of the program.”
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