Top Five Music Funding programs from Creative Vic

Posted 25 September 2018

Actually… I lied, there are more than five great music funding programs available via the Victorian State Government.

If you are yet to tap into these wide reaching programs, now is as good a time as any to consider lifting your profile and stepping into new areas.

Music Works is the Victorian Government’s four-year, $22.2 million contemporary music funding and support program.

Through a series of grants, mentoring and professional development programs, strategic initiatives and major projects, Music Works supports musicians, music industry professionals and industry organisations to create, develop and showcase Victorian contemporary music — one of the key economic and cultural pillars of our creative state.

Music Works is designed to support continued growth in this dynamic, growing industry. It helps aims to build professional capacity, encourage sustainability and find new markets for Victorian music, at home and overseas.

  • The Music Works Major Funding program offers grants of  $2,500 – $20,000 for individuals and $2,500 – $75,000 for groups/organisations for projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria’s contemporary music sector, increase employment and build cultural capital.
  • Complementing the main Major Funding grants program, Quick Response Grants enable contemporary music artists and organisations take up significant career or business opportunities that arise at short notice and outside of the major bi-annual funding rounds. Grants of $1,000 – $5,000 for individuals and $1,000 – $15,000 for groups/organisations support activities such as local and international tour invitations, professional development workshops, and attendance at major trade fairs such as SXSW, Folk Alliance International and Bigsound.
  • The Music Passport Grants program offers grants of up to $20,000 for not-for-profit organisations to take up one-off international opportunities that are not supported by other Music Works grant programs, with a priority for new international market and technology-focused projects.
  • Music Under Wings is a $1.6 million professional development program for emerging contemporary music artists, industry personnel, live music events and venues, managed by APRA AMCOS, The Push and Music Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government.
  • The Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) will be a program of activity operating within the market and business development of the Victorian music sector and focus primarily on small – medium business opportunities to ensure growth and employment in the Victorian contemporary music industry.  The VMDO will be delivered by Music Victoria over the next two years.

See the Music Works website HERE for the full list.

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