Scholarships open to Victoria’s music trade

The Victorian government is helping musicians, bands and music companies get back on their feet and back on the stage with grants to recharge Victoria’s famous live music scene.

Creative Industries Secretary Danny Pearson announced today that applications for a new round of scholarships under the Music Works program are now open.

Grants ranging from $ 4,000 to $ 40,000 are available for activities such as recording and releasing new music, presenting music events, marketing, and business development.

This marks the second round of Music Works scholarships in 2021. Earlier this year, $ 850,000 was awarded to 44 music projects involving 1,000 music industry professionals across the state.

The funded projects, which have been running since July, include new recordings by the singer-songwriter Angie McMahon and the indie-pop artist Feign Jima.

Management company Look Out Kid has also benefited from the program, hiring a US publisher to promote its list of artists, including new albums by Courtney Barnett and Briggs.

Other previously funded projects include the Archie Roach Foundation’s Singing Our Futures mentoring program, which records and publishes new music by emerging First Nations artists.

In the 2021-22 Victorian budget, $ 10.8 million was allocated to extend the initiative for four years.

The application deadline for the new round is on Thursday, November 25th, at 3 p.m. For more information or to apply for Music Works scholarships, visit

According to Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson

“These grants are part of our unprecedented investment in Victorian music and help revitalize Victoria’s acclaimed creative industry.”

“We are taking the right steps to ensure that live gigs safely return to our stages and that Victorian music can be heard across the state and around the world.”

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