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Investing In Our Next Generation Of Musicians: Music Under Wings

29 Nov 2016

Music Under Wings

The Andrews Labor Government has made an unprecedented investment in Victoria’s music industry with the launch of Music Under Wings, a $1.2 million professional development program for emerging contemporary music artists, industry personnel, live music events and venues.


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Forte Mag - This State We're In #4

17 Nov 2016

Live music across the state is about to receive a massive boost with the announcement of a new $1.2 million professional development program for emerging contemporary music artists, industry personnel, live music events and venues. 

Under Wings is a multi-faceted, three year program which will offer mentoring by established musicians and industry leaders, as well as masterclasses, skills development programs and business development training for anyone in the early stages of their music career – from performers to promoters, producers, technicians and more. 

Part of the state government’s $22.2 million Music Works initiative, Music Under Wings will offer a suite of programs and activities that will support Victoria’s music industry to grow at both an individual and industry-wide level.

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CEO Report - October 2016

27 Oct 2016

G'day members and subscribers,

It’s an exciting time of year when the best acts, venues and festivals are nominated for The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016.
A team of 30 judges have chosen the top five nominees in 12 categories to be publicly voted, while industry experts have selected the finalists in 11 genre specific awards.
Get online and vote for your favourites by 4 November and go into the running for a HUGE prize pack.
Tickets are now sold out for The After Party featuring Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Camp Cope, Tash Sultana and many more amazing acts so we're looking forward to one of the best awards nights yet.

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27 Oct 2016

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Recipients have been announced for Good Music Neighbours - a matched funding program for sound management in Victorian live music venues.

19 Oct 2016

Recipients have been announced for Good Music Neighbours - a matched funding program for sound management in Victorian live music venues.

Twenty-six Victorian music venues are preparing to turn up the volume - without disturbing their neighbours - thanks to grants totalling $279,897 through the Victorian Government's new Good Music Neighbours program.
The inaugural grant recipients for the program were announced today, providing grants to support live music venues to undertake building projects - or seek advice - to manage sound in, and outside, of their premises.  
Grants will enable venues to undertake a variety of projects, from obtaining specialist acoustic advice, to the installation of double-glazing, sound absorbing furnishings or air locked doors, and technology upgrades to improve sound quality at a lower volume.

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12 Oct 2016

We're so excited to announce that The After Party for The Age Music Victoria Awards is now officially SOLD OUT!

Thanks to everyone who bought a ticket, it's going to be a special night for Victorian music.

If you want to vote in the awards you can do so at

For more information on The After Party and the performers please click here.

Music Victoria survey ensures music is high on the agenda at local council elections

11 Oct 2016

Does your council do enough to support contemporary music in your local area? Do you know which candidates in your municipality in the 2016 Victorian Local Council elections support music?

Do not fear, music lovers - Music Victoria has done the work for you.

In the lead up to the 2016 Victorian Local Council elections on 22 October, Music Victoria has conducted an online survey of candidates (over 2,000 across 79 municipalities), asking them to outline their awareness of the issues facing the music industry in their municipalities and initiatives to support music and engage with their local music communities.

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SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC and VOTE SMART this council election

11 Oct 2016

Thank you to all the candidates who responded with such goodwill to our 2016 Victorian Local Council Elections Candidate Survey!

Music Victoria has once again surveyed around 2000 candidates across 79 electorates to connect potential councillors with music loving communities state wide.

This is your chance to ascertain who gives a damn in your electorate before you cast your vote! Do you know which candidates in your municipality will support initiatives that are good for music?

The survey gave candidates an opportunity to talk a little about music policy and strategies they may be aware of or think would be a good idea, and their knowledge of any local issues affecting their local music community.

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We're Hiring: Project Coordinator - Music Industry Development Program

7 Oct 2016

Project Coordinator – Music Industry Development Program

  • Position: Project Coordinator – Live Music Industry Development Program
  • Organisation: Contemporary Music Victoria Inc. (Music Victoria)
  • Hours: Part-time, 19 hours / 2.5 days per week (0.5 FTE)
  • Tenure: November 2016 to 30 June 2019 (including a 3 month probation period)
  • Working from Music Victoria Office in South Melbourne
  • Applications to by 4pm on Friday 21 October 2016
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7 Oct 2016

The Age Music Victoria Awards celebrates its 11th year, as part of the Melbourne Music Week program on Wednesday 16 November. Nominees have been revealed and public voting now is open until 4 November.

The Age Music Victoria Awards are one of the largest publicly voted music awards in the country. Nominees in the 11 genre specific awards, including best country, blues and world music, were voted upon by a select panel of industry experts and have also been announced with the full list of nominees available here.

It’s been an exciting 12 months for Victorian Music with festivals, venues, new releases, debut albums, reformations and new artists making outstanding contributions to the strength and diversity of the Victorian music community.  
Among this year's nominees, there's some amazingly talented new entries notably in the Emerging Artist category with Cable Ties, Camp Cope, Alice Ivy, Alex Lahey and Loose Tooth, while hip hop, alt-country, blues and post-punk genres have been well represented across several categories, highlighting the state's vibrant music scene.
2016, sees the return of regular category favourites Best Live Band, Best Album, Best Song, and a change to the Best Venue category to represent the smaller venues with a capacity under 500, and the larger venues with a capacity over 500.

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CEO Report - September 2016

29 Sep 2016

G'day members and subscribers,

Some of you would have returned recently from BIGSOUND in Brisbane, where more than half of the bands showcasing were from Victoria. It was great to catch up with so many of you at our annualVic Music Mixer.

It was also promising to hear - 12 months on from Pitchfork editor Jessica Hopper’s revelatory 2015 BIGSOUND keynote about sexism in the music industry - some of the initiatives being launched to address it.
This year Music Victoria’s Chloe Turner spoke on a panel called Power Hungry: the Call of the Equal Gender representation from Artistry to Industry. She spoke about Music Victoria’s gender diversity statement, where we aspire to a 40% gender target on our Committee of Management (which is currently comprised of 50% women), panels and in other activities. Our Women in Contemporary Victorian Music survey indicated that confidence was an issue for some women in music, so with some advice from our Women’s Advisory Panel we are running a panel at the Northcote Town Hall for the upcoming Darebin Music Feast on 3 November 2016 called You Can’t Be What You Can’t See: Confidence in the Music Industry. See more information on our work with gender diversity here.

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Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society announce latest Blues challenge

23 Sep 2016

Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society have announced their latest blues challenge! If you're a blues artist check out all the info via their website:


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