Open Scholarships for Victoria Music Industry


William Elm at Blak Sounds 2019, VMDO First Peoples. Provided by Jacinta Keef

A new round of grants through the Music Works program is now open, with grants ranging from $ 4,000 to $ 40,000 available for activities such as recording and releasing new music, presenting musical events, marketing and business development.

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

Supported projects, which have been underway since July, include new recordings by singer-songwriter Angie McMahon and freelance pop artist Feign Jima.

The Look Out Kid management company has also benefited from the program and is hiring an American publicist to promote its roster of artists, including new albums by Courtney Barnett and Briggs.

Other previously funded projects include the Archie Roach Foundation project Sing our futures mentorship program, which records and plays new music by emerging First Nations artists.

Applications for the new round close at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 25.

February 2021 grant recipients

Agung Mango, BURNSIDE HEIGHTS, $ 10,600
For the hip hop artist Agung Mango to record and release his first solo EP accompanied by a marketing and advertising plan.

Alicia Egan, BRUNSWICK, $ 18,500
Record, produce and release a new Alanna and Alicia album, including creation of visual content, video clips and a filmed launch event.

Amos Roach, THORNBURY, $ 19,999
To record and promote the music of Amos, featuring didgeridoo, traditional Kulin nations and contemporary songs, and the creation of a film narrative for two of the recordings.

Archie Roach Foundation LTD, KILLARNEY, $ 53,000
To support the recording and release of songs written as part of the first phase of the Singing Our Futures Music Mentorship Program, a music mentorship program for emerging First Nations artists, by the Archie Roach Foundation in partnership with Culture is Life and with the support of the Barpirdhilla Foundation.

Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Cameron Murphy, GLEN IRIS, $ 19,991
Produce and release a new Cam Camino album, including online performance promotion and delivery.

Arts Access Victoria on behalf of Glen Kennedy, METCALFE, $ 32,775
To record, mix and master Bilingual effortlessly, a collection of 40 spoken word recordings in Chinese Mandarin on a variety of styles of music. The registration is intended to help the learning of Mandarin.

Audrey Boyle, RICHMOND, $ 14,500
Record, mix and master Audrey Powne’s debut solo album, including the creation of album covers and the development of video material for promotion.

Auspicious Arts Projects Inc. on behalf of Carolyn Schofield, NORTHCOTE, $ 15,665
Creative development, recording and production of Fia Fiell’s second solo synthesizer music album, which will be released with a music video and extended live performance video in collaboration with media artist Don Gray.

To record and release the second album by Melbourne musician BATTS.

Carla dal Forno, CASTLEMAINE, $ 11,394
To record, mix and master a third solo album.

C Kikos & M Syawish, CARLTON, $ 10,040
The writing, release and marketing of Sleep D’s Sophomore LP which will be released digitally and on vinyl. The release will be supported by the creation of a clip and promotional photographs.

Client liaison, FITZROY NORD, $ 35,000
Presentation of a live showcase, to promote the release of Client Liaison’s second album.

Creative development, mixing, mastering and release of a new mixtape by cookii.

Corner Group (Ticketscout Pty Ltd), RICHMOND, $ 5,000
Support for a professional development program that will provide industry training and networking opportunities that will allow staff to adapt to the changing industry landscape.

Daen Sansbury-Smith, RESERVOIR, $ 26,500
Production of a soundtrack album to support Daen Sansbury-Smith’s short film series that explores the intergenerational transfer of knowledge and responsibility within contemporary Indigenous music.

Damon Paraha, LAKES MANOR, $ 20,850
For the development of 12 music videos to support the album, The nomad, by Nomad.

Dandelion wine, KINGSVILLE, $ 14,920
Compose, record and release an album incorporating elements of traditional medieval writing and melodies, which will be released with an advertising campaign across Australia and Europe.

Ellpee Pty Ltd, MELBOURNE, $ 34,800
Creative development of a suite of marketing materials to support Vika and Linda’s new album, including music videos, mini-documentary, promotional photography and an online album launch event.

Pretend Jima, PRESTON, $ 5,000
To record, mix, master and promote a five-track EP.

To support the marketing of the second edition of FLOW, a one-day alternative music event for all ages held at the Footscray Community Arts Center.

Gracie Music PTY LTD, ALPHINGTON, $ 37,920
To record, mix and master Angie McMahon’s second album.

IJALE – Jerry Agbinya, MERNDA, $ 14,245
Creative development of a clip to accompany an IJALE mixtape.

Jannah Quill, RICHMOND, $ 19,129
Creative development, recording and release of Jannah’s debut studio album.

Joel Ma, FITZROY NORD, $ 6,500
Develop digital assets and brand image and undertake international marketing strategy consultations to support the launch of the new group, Go Sky.

Jonnine Standish, KALLISTA, $ 9,500
Produce, mix and master Jonnine’s second album.

Laila Sakini, SOUTH BELGRAVE, $ 11,770
Write, record, mix, master and release Laila Sakina’s second album, and develop promotional material for the release package.

Creative development, recording and production of Lamine Sonko’s first solo album, including digital release, video production and promotion of a single.

Look Out Kid Pty Ltd, COLLINGWOOD, $ 12,000
To help Look Out Kid work with a US-based project manager for six months to help with the company’s global operations. The period will see the Look Out Kid team coordinating major international projects on their artist roster, including releasing Courtney Barnett’s fourth studio album and writing and recording Briggs’ third studio album.

Luke Alessi, ALPHINGTON, $ 6,000
Support for a campaign that will strengthen Luke’s profile in Europe and the UK using innovative digital marketing strategies and visual content.

Moyne Shire Council, PORT FAIRY, $ 5,950
To support the presentation of Les Moyne Sessions – The Music Business, professional development and capacity building masterclasses for young contemporary artists in South West Victoria.

Nadeah Miranda, SANDRINGHAM, $ 18,000
Record, produce and release a new duet album, featuring all Victorian artists, with a digital marketing campaign to support the release.

Naretha Williams, TANK, $ 23,111
The recording, production and manufacture of a 12-track vocal album by The Killer Quo, and the production and vinyl manufacture of a six-track electronic solo album by Naretha Williams.

Phoebe Cockburn, ABBOTSFORD, $ 20,000
Creative development, recording, mixing and mastering of Phoebe Go’s debut solo album, including production of visual assets.

Quiver, Balaclava, $ 31,550
To record, mix and master the third Quivers album.

Ravens Nest Consulting Pty Ltd, SEAFORD, $ 10,000
Development of a new edition of Welcome to the Jungle – Navigating the Music Business in Australia, a free e-book that reflects the dramatically altered landscape of the Victorian, Australian and global music industry after COVID-19, accompanied by podcasts featuring interviews from predominantly Victorian music companies.

Siobhan McGinnity, COBURG, $ 29,029
To record and release Magnets’ second EP.

Sophia Brous, COBOURG, $ 16,480
Record, mix and master an album of contemporary music by an ensemble of Victorian musicians.

Spirit level, MERRICKS BEACH, $ 7,750
Support Spirit Level, a Melbourne-based artist initiative to engage a publicist in Europe and the UK to support the international promotion of new releases through its artist roster.

Stéphanie Crase, NORTHCOTE, $ 6,000
To record, mix and master Summer Flake’s fourth album.

Tamil Rogeon, FITZROY, $ 10,000
To write, record, mix and release a new album.

The Boss Experience Agency Pty Ltd, HAMPTON, $ 30,345
Creative development, distribution and marketing of a podcast featuring in-depth profiles of the new generation of Australian DIY artists, published by independent Victorian podcast publisher Litmus Media.

Tyler Millott, EAGLEMONT, $ 8,800
Mix, master and promote an eponymous self-produced debut album by Melbourne-based alternative rock artist The Terrifying Lows.

William Cooper, FLEMINGTON, $ 15,200
Record, mix, master and release Diipma’s third full album, including the creation of promotional photographs, artwork and video clips.

Arcade Zen, MELBOURNE NORD, $ 81,000
Support for a 12-month program with quarterly online songwriting camps for Victorian and international songwriters, and support for the Songs Festival, a celebration of the art and craft of songwriting and the songwriting to be held in multiple venues in Melbourne.


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