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Many venues, festivals, events, musicians, promoters and agents are aware of the need to make gigs more accessible and inclusive, to ensure we can reach a wider audience and include a wider range of artists. If this is new for you, knowing where to start and how to go about this can be overwhelming. 1 in 5 Australians live with disability, a huge proportion of our population, and there are a whole range of different access barriers and solutions that we need to consider to ensure we build an inclusive music industry.

Being accessible starts online. Access to information is critical for some people to make informed decisions about whether an event is going to be accessible for them to attend.

As part of the Music Venues Project, Music Victoria is providing free training in online accessibility to venues and other music industry stakeholders to show you how to make your digital content, from your website to your social media channels, accessible to everyone in the community.

This masterclass will share tips and tricks on digital accessibility and provide you with information and resources to go away and make immediate improvements to your online presence.

Presented by disabled musician and access consultant Morwenna Collett, this online session was delivered via Zoom in two parts and was open for anyone willing to to attend.

Music Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, on whose unceded land we advocate, support and celebrate on. We pay our deep respects to Elders past and present, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and communities. We acknowledge them as the first artists, the first musicians, and the first creators of culture. We deeply respect the role that music and songlines play in the continuation of their culture for the past 60,000+ years.

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Applications for Creative Victoria's Live Music Restart Program - Festivals & Events have opened, with funding of between $250,000 and $1,000,000 available to support the delivery of a single live music festival or event (3000 capacity in-person or more) or a series of live music festivals/large scale events, in Victoria.

If you are an experienced event organiser with an established Victorian live music festival or event, hear directly from Creative Victoria as we work through the application process together spelling out requirements and key selection criteria to be addressed.

The Live Music Restart Program - Festivals & Events ('the program') is intended to support the return of large, complex live music festivals and events in Victoria (with a capacity of 3000 or more in-person attendees) delivered by event organisers with a proven track record of delivering these types of events.

The funding round will open 3pm 21 July 2022 and close at 3pm on 18 August 2022.

Music Victoria presents an afternoon of “How To’s” aimed at emerging musicians. Representatives from Community Radio, Venues, Studios, Advocacy, Publishing and Independent Music will teach you how to get played, get paid, get seen, get heard, get support and give your music the best chance of success.

Session 1: “How To” presentations:
Get Support – Simone Schinkel, MUSIC VICTORIA
Get your Music on Community Radio - Owen McKern, PBS 106.7FM
Get Gigs – Juliette Lalli, THE RETREAT HOTEL
Get Paid for Writing Royalties - Glen Bennie, APRA AMCOS
Get Seen - Leyla Varela, ELECTRIC DREAMS STUDIOS

Session 2: Indie Music Marketing and Release Strategy – presented by Musician Laura Imbruglia
Laura Imbruglia has been releasing records since the early noughties and has played almost every corner of Australia and several pockets of Europe. A self-managed, self-booked and self-released artist, Laura has learned by necessity to become quite savvy at grant writing, crowdfunding, tour budgeting, release strategy and online promo. Here, she presents some of her tips and tricks.

Download Laura's presentation and resource documents here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/47ixukpkdr1huup/AAANYRJhF084ncgHs-ZKAJcFa?dl=0

Applications for Creative Victoria’s Music Works grants have opened, with grants of between $4,000 and $40,000 available for a range of music projects.

Join us and the team from Creative Victoria for our online info session on the Music Works Grants (June 2022 Funding Round).

In this session, hear directly from Creative Victoria as we work through the application process together spelling out requirements and key selection criteria to be addressed.

The Music Works Grants program accepts applications from Victorian-based contemporary music industry professionals. This may include artists/bands, managers, promoters, labels, and other music industry businesses and organizations across all genres and career stages. Applications close on June 30th, 2022 for activities commencing from October 1st, 2022.

For more information on the Music Works Grants, including Guidelines, Assessment Criteria, etc head to:

https://creative.vic.gov.au/grants-and-support/programs/music-works

As we are all coming out of lockdown and heading into the holidays, it's tough to balance life and stay afloat. Jumping straight back into gigging, work, and socializing can be exhausting. If you are a musician, performing arts, or music industry worker, the Support Act COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants are still available, but applications must be in by December 3rd to be processed before Christmas.

Music Victoria understands that the application process can be confusing, so we are partnering with Support Act and Songlines to host an info session to assist you with the application process. Kiwat Kennell will be joined by Support Act’s First Nations Community Engagement/Social Worker Cerisa Grant and Songlines Co-CEO Kiernan Ironfield. The current round of funding is almost running out, so be sure to listen carefully and send any questions you may have to the team at Support Act or Music Victoria, listed below.

 

As we’re all coming out of lockdown, we think it’s best to hear what’s going on around in our local area.

Join the City of Port Phillip’s Live Music Lead and Music Victoria’s Project Coordinator Kiwat Kennell for a chat about the recently implemented Live Music Action Plan.

In this session, we discuss recently released programs that support local venues, grants, music events, musicians and the wider industry.

 

Sustaining Creative Workers provides quick-response grants to individual creative practitioners as well as creative collectives and micro-organisations to help them through the challenges of the pandemic and plan for reactivation.

Music Victoria ran an information session on the grant application process. This session will tailor to the wider music industry.

A series of short stories from creatives who have found alternative ways to be inspired and earn some money whilst live music has been off the table.

Collaborating Online
– Terry Man and Narayana Johnson (aka River Boy)

Streaming: The Pros & Cons
– Erin Shay and Si Hopman

Thriving in the New Normal – Kee’ahn

Music Victoria were once again proud to be involved in the Festival Waste Roundtable led by Green Music Australia. The inaugural Roundtable was hosted at the Music Victoria HQ in 2018, and this year’s meet was home to Noisy Ritual Urban Winery in East Brunswick.

This Roundtable followed on from the findings of 2018, that as the festival scene in Australia grows, so does the garbage pile. This year’s Roundtable discussed the fraught relationship between festivals and sustainability, and united the dialogue between industry figures on how this should and could change for the future of festivals.

The day was facilitated by sustainability experts Berish Bilander and Matt Wicking, and the esteemed group of industry representatives included Chris Burton – Falls Festival, Tory Bauer - Splendour In The Grass, Rhett Mclaren & Katherine Coppins – Unify, Brad McDermmot - Party in the Paddock, Sorca Hubbuck - Secret Sounds, Madeline Radke - Woodford / Earth Frequency, Sasha Mainsbridge - Mullum Cares, Henry Smale - Island Vibe, Jason Rahilly - B-alternative, Jacquie Besgrove - Green Connect, Adam Beres – Various, Laura Hughes - Untitled Group/Beyond the Valley, Ash Bartlett – Music Victoria, and Emma & Lilly – Green Music Australia Volunteers.

Green Music Australia shared their comprehensive research findings on festival littering, behavioural trends and the psychology behind unsustainable decision making of festival goers. Considering the main drivers behind festival littering, the group weighed up the impact of each of these and brainstormed possible interventions to redirect behaviour and reframe consumer beliefs at festival time.

The overall sense between these key industry figures was certainly not shying away from the systemic issue of climate change and sustainability. There were unified decisions for festivals to use their influence to intervene on festivals creating sustainability issues, along with empowered suggestions that were realistic and attainable. The future of sustainable festivals in Australia looks bright with Green Music and this steering committee!

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