Recently, Music Victoria launched the inaugural Artist Consultancy Program, a program to support independent artists/bands with artist development and tailored advice that will enrich and empower their future. This opportunity was available to Musician members of MV, and open to all levels of experience; emerging, established and mid-career.

The lucky group of participating artists will have a unique, one-on-one, hands-on experience with 3 x expert Artist Managers that will assist them in recalibrating for their COVID-normal future, and empower them beyond this program. The following Artist Managers are on the Artist Consultancy Program roster:

Michael Parisi – Michael Parisi Management Michael is a household name to the Australian music industry; he has decades of experience in developing artists from the likes of Regurgitator, Dan Sultan and Stonefield, and has extensive experience in major labels like Warner Music and Mushroom Group.

Alastair Burns – Heartstop Music Alastair is the Director of Heartstop Music, a Melbourne based artist management company that represents Marlon Williams, Julia Jacklin and Phantastic Ferniture. He focuses on building long-term, global touring and recording careers.

Amy Laidlaw – I Hear Django Amy has spent 20 years in the music industry and has a wealth of knowledge in working with both national and international clients. Her expertise spans artist management, tour bookings, visa consultancy and project & event management.

The successful 15 artists who will participate in the program are as follows:

  1. Jaala
  2. Destrends
  3. Immy Owuso
  4. Butternut Sweetheart
  5. Cookin On 3 Burners
  6. Anna Smyrk
  7. The Sockettes
  8. The Weeping Willows
  9. Georgia State Line
  10. Xani  
  11. Coda Chroma
  12. Flynn Gurry
  13. Penny Ikinger
  14. Zachary Leo
  15. Dan Vogl

This year’s pilot program is the first of its kind which will return in 2021 for another cohort of Victorian artists.