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State Government Announces $704,078 Boost To Victorian Music

Last night’s The Age Music Victoria Awards got a boost when Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley joined the audience and announced that the State Government was to invest $704,078 in local music.

The latest funding, part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $12.2 million Music Works package, will benefit Victorian musicians, bands, music festivals, venues and industry events.
 
Minister Foley said, “Since announcing the package in May, we’ve been working closely with the industry to determine the best ways to support and foster industry growth. These latest initiatives provide support for the industry at all levels – from artists to managers, festivals to conferences, media organisations and crucial market development opportunities.”
 
- $604,078 is for 46 projects through the inaugural round of the new Music Works Grants program.
 
- $50,000 is to support the 2015 industry development conference, Face the Music, held this week in Melbourne.
 
- $50,000 to support a new partnership with Sounds Australia to increase export opportunities for Victorian musicians and workers during its 2016 program. This includes professional development events and international showcase opportunities.
 
Music Works Grants aim to support Victoria’s contemporary music industry to create new content, build capacity and business skills and connect Victorian music to Australian and global markets. This is through grassroots support for local talent, including regional tours, debut albums, international showcases and professional development.
 
The supported projects span all genres of contemporary music including Philly, Art Of Fighting, Deaf Wish and Olympia. The projects also include support for festivals, independent record labels, online music business training and music media programs. Full details are available here
 
The next funding round is for for activities starting after May 1, 2016. It will open in January and close at 5pm on February 10.
 
Minister Foley said,“Our unprecedented $12.2 million Music Works package shows the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment tocontemporary music and recognition of how important music is to our social, cultural and economic life, and to our creative industries, here in Victoria.” 

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