Melbourne Names Receive The Seed Grants

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The scheme’s successful (and, in many cases, career changing) Management Workshop returns after a year’s hiatus, with 24 managers from around the country chosen to take part. 

Among them are Melbourne-based Alaistair Burns (Jordie Lane, Marlon Williams), Sime Nugent (Sweet Jean), Lachlan Hodgson (APES), Danae Effern (Tully On Tully), Katie Besgrave (Grizzly Jim Lawrie, Coach Bombay), Alexandra Lahey (Animaux) and Adrian McLaren (REMI),

Also on the list are managers from Sydney and Brisbane whose rosters include Melbourne acts. These include Michelle Fahdz (Eagle And The Worm), Jess Beston (Melbourne/Brisbane duo Holy Holy), Gabby Meli (Ash Grunwald), Adrian Kelly (Confession), Tim Price (Sydonia, Ezekiel Ox) and Vanessa Picken (Spender).

The new category It’s All About The Song, to give young acts the chance to work with experienced producers, sees Brisbane electronics/roots outfit Wafia work with producer John Castle, Brisbane indie pop band Fox And Fowl with Steve Schram and Sydney pop act Cristian Campano with Tony Buchen.

Three interstate managers Monique Rothstein, Deb Sucking and Ben Robinson receive support of up to $5,000 to supplement their wages, or pay for an assistant during a time of heavy workload and limited commission.

The Seed’s partnerships with APRA and NT association MusicNT takes urban music executives into remote indigenous community festivals to discover the talent there, or provide 50 workshops for Central Australian musicians.