Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) music films and member giveaways

17 July 2014

The 63rd Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has launched its full program for 2014, consisting of 341 films, 17 program strands, 28 world premieres, 168 Australian Premieres, 19 Talking Pictures events, 24 international guests, and more than 71 local guests.

Screenings include Don’t Throw Stones, a documentary based on rock ‘n’ roll icon Stephen Cummings’ tell-all memoir Will It Be Funny Tomorrow, Billy?; and 20,000 Days On Earth - a biopic on post-punk poet, Nick Cave.

There is also the excellent Backbeat program of music films and documentaries.    

MEMBER GIVEAWAY! Thanks to MIFF, we have a giveaway of a double pass to eight great music films to some lucky Music Victoria members.

Just email with your name, phone number and Music Victoria membership number, and let us know which film (see list here) you and a guest would like to see. We have one double pass on offer for each film, only on screening dates as listed, and one prize per winner.  

Check out the full MIFF program at   

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Apply now for ArtStart via the Australia Council

16 July 2014

Applications for the Australia Council’s ArtStart program are now open for 2015, offering up to $10,000 to individual artists who have completed an accredited creative arts course (Certificate IV or higher) in the past three years and are carving out a career in any of the Australia Council supported artforms.

Over the past five years ArtStart has funded over 1,000 artists, helping them make the challenging transition from study to a professional career in the arts. An ArtStart grant can fund services, resources, skills development and equipment to help build an income-generating career in the arts practice you have studied. You could use it to:

  • raise your profile
  • set up a studio practice
  • pay for business advice
  • work with a mentor
  • purchase tools of trade

ArtStart is open to recently graduated musicians, dancers, writers, theatre directors, poets, ceramicists, visual artists, costume or set designers, jewellers, playwrights, opera singers, community and cultural development practitioners and composers (and more!). Find out if you are eligible by taking the online eligibility quiz.

ArtStart is designed to help grow arts careers – not to fund the development or presentation of creative works. 

Apply before Monday 22nd September 2014.    

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Telstra Road to Discovery 2014

9 July 2014

Telstra Road to Discovery, Australia’s premier talent development program is now open with some exciting developments for 2014.  Not only is this year open to all genres, we have also shifted to 100% original music with even more focus on mentorship, song writing and music education.

Underpinning the success of Telstra Road is the heart of the program; collaboration mentorship, songwriting and music education for independent and unsigned Australian songwriters who are passionate about establishing themselves in the music industry. The program puts emerging artists in touch with influential figures in the music industry, takes their music to a wider audience and increases their media exposure.

Two Telstra Road to Discovery finalists will win a huge major prize including a Talent Development prize package worth $100,000:

  • A trip to the USA
  • National publicity
  • A Music Development Fund worth $15,000
  • Media training
  • Songwriting advice from The Mushroom Group and Mushroom Music
  • An APRA Songwriters Grant  
  • Telstra products and services 

Entries are now open!    

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All ages gigs are back – how to apply to host a mixed-age gig

3 July 2014

All ages gigs in pubs are back! After 20 years in the musical wilderness, music lovers of all ages can experience a gig together. Bring your kids, bring your grandparents!

Amendments to the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 allow liquor licensees and permittees to have minors on that part of their premises or authorised premises when -

(i)   a live music event* is being held in accordance with notice given to the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation (VCGLR) and prescribed conditions and

(ii)  liquor is not supplied, consumed or made available on that part of the premises.

Previously, there was a $180 fee and a long waiting period to host under 18 gigs in a licensed venue. No longer! To host a mixed-age, alcohol-free gig, licensees simply need to notify the VCGLR at least a week prior to the event.

To give notice to the VCGLR, liquor licensees and permittees must:

Liquor licensees and permittees can notify the VCGLR of up to a maximum of three events in total on this form. There is no fee applicable.

Download the Notification Form here 

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CEO report June 2014

27 June 2014

Kids (and older siblings and parents) – it’s time to party!

In a special afternoon event at Collingwood’s Gasometer Hotel on Sunday July 6, Client Liaison and Animaux take to the stage for the first all ages gig in a Victorian pub for over 20 years.

Come and celebrate with Client Liaison and Animaux on Sunday 6th July from 2.30 to 6pm at the Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith Street Collingwood (on the corner of Alexander Parade). Tickets are just $10+ booking fee through Oztix or at the door.

The all ages gig is just one of the many exciting events Music Victoria is running during the upcoming City of Yarra Leaps & Bounds Music Festival, which kicks off on Friday 4th July. We are holding a special information day for City of Yarra Venues on Tuesday 15th July, as well as two great workshops on metal and hardcore music and grants and funding.

Music Victoria has been busy working on our Regional Live Music Action Plan to stimulate the regional touring circuit, and had a positive meeting with the Government about supporting it. We have also been meeting with industry representatives and councils in Geelong and Bendigo about assisting with local live music strategies to stimulate and better co-ordinate their local scenes. 

Congratulations to all the Victorian winners at this weeks’ APRA Awards, and to the successful Victorian recipients of grants from The Seed Fund and Arts Victoria.

Donate to Music Victoria before June 30th! All donations of $2 and over to Music Victoria are tax deductible. Your support is fundamental to the future of Music Victoria and the work we do in the music community. 

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