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Live Music Professionals program 2018 Successful Applicants Announced

9 May 2018

 Live Music Professionals program 2018 Successful Applicants Announced

Music Victoria is excited to announce the successful applicants for their 2018 Music Works, Live Music Professionals program – a free professional and business development program for independent promoters, venue owners, venue managers and band bookers supported by the Victorian Government’s Music Works initiative.

Close to 70 applications were made for this year’s program with applications coming from all over the State of Victoria.

Successful participants to this year’s program in the venues stream include:

  • Adam Connally, The Lost Ones Basement Bar, Ballarat
  • Annemarie Blades, The Gem Bar and Dining, Collingwood
  • Benjamin Langdon, The Skylark Room, Upwey
  • Evan Read, Shedshaker Brewery Taproom, Castlemaine
  • Eyal Chipkiewicz, The Boite, Fitzroy North
  • James Donovan, The Eastern, Ballarat
  • Nyah Rowe, The Grand Hotel, Mornington 
  • Paul Alun Hughes, The General Store, Mt Hotham
  • Samuel Pyers, The Dart and Marlin, Warrnambool
  • Timothy Heath, Theatre Royal, Castlemaine

Successful participants in the independent promoter stream include:

  • Antony Attridge, Sensible Antixx
  • Carly Aldred, Grampians Music Festival
  • Cristian Muscatello, Laser Highway
  • Fiona Brandscheid, Common Thread Events, Birregurra
  • Jacob Bourke, LAB Music Management
  • James O'Hare, Macedon Ranges Music Festival
  • Blair Wittstadt, Possum Stomp
  • Tanya McLaine, Sona Productions
  • Max Donohue, YEAH NAHHH
  • Jessica Robinett, Lo Jo Jive Festival

Participants will be matched with music industry and business coaches for one-on-one coaching sessions while also attending a number of industry-related conferences, workshops and masterclasses – all aimed to bolster their business skills and aid them in creating sustainable long-term live music businesses.

Coaches in this year’s program will be coming from 170 Russell, The Corner Group, Deathproof PR, Karova Lounge, Live Nation, Sanicki Lawyers, Social Season and White Sky with more to be announced soon.

Last year, participants in the Live Music Professionals program reported on average a 35% increase in ticket sales and an 80% improvement in their business activities. 

“Our Music Works program aims to support the industry at all levels and Live Music Professionals helps to strengthen the music ecosystem by helping music businesses to take the next step. Last year’s participants have already experienced significant growth and I look forward to seeing what’s in store for our cohort this year.”  – Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries.

“I’m really excited with the response to Live Music Professionals applications this year. We had so many amazing applications from all over Victoria which demonstrates the massive need for a program like this. I’m buzzing from the overwhelming positive reactions from our successful candidates and I can’t wait to get the program started!” 
– Sarah Deborre, Live Music Professionals Project Manager

Pictured: Annemarie-Blades, Jimmy-O-Hare and Jessica-Robinett



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