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CEO Report - August 2017

31 Aug 2017

Dear members and subscribers,

Music Victoria just returned from an epic three-day adventure visiting south eastern regional music venues and industry and checking out the best bands on the second Victorian Music Crawl.

A bus full of music industry managers, booking agents and artists visited 14 venues including small and large pubs, a former church, 2 festival sites, 2 community radio stations, a mechanics hall, a winery, a café, an arts gallery, a brewery, a nightclub and a Mexican restaurant. We even attracted the attention of ABC news!

Eighteen local acts, representing a diversity of gender, age and genres performed, ranging from 15-year old rock band The Stokers to Phillip Island’s Oh Pep! And 14-piece Gippsland bluegrass act the Strzelecki Stringbusters who entertained the delegates and local industry at the great new band room at the Grand Ridge Breweryin Mirboo North.

As part of the Victorian Music Crawl, Mornington Peninsula ShireBass Coast Shire Council and South Gippsland Shire Council all sponsored networking lunches, and discussed ways that they can support their local music communities. Music Victoria and the National Live Music Office are currently developing Live Music Action Plan templates to assist in this process. Creative Victoria also offered ‘speed-dating’ sessions to local contemporary music industry and artists.

The Victorian Music Crawl is a new Victorian Government initiative to build connections between Melbourne and regionally-based music industry leaders, artists and venues.  The third Crawl will travel between Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula and Warrnambool and all of the jewels in between in February 2018.

If you are from these areas and have a unique live music venue or performance offering or are media interested in covering the Crawl, please contact us: nick@musicvictoria.com.au

See you at a gig soon,
MV crew.

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