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Back in the Game is a free professional development series that will feature leading industry members discussing music business, gigs, marketing, radio and streaming. The series takes place 6pm-7:30pm at Music Market in Collingwood Yards from Tue 6 June over four weeks.


Tue 6 June - Getting Organised
Glenn Bennie (APRA AMCOS)
Charlie Woods (Self-Managed Musician)
Moira McKenzie (Moira McKenzie Legal)
Danielle Siers (Music Victoria)
RSVP here

Post-workshop gig
William Thomasz @ The Workers Club


Wed 14 June – Getting Gigs
Juliette Lalli (Venue Booker/Live Music Curator)
Clare Douglas (Sofar Sounds)
Vaughan Quinn (Festival Booker, 3RRR Presenter)
Holly Pereira (Music Victoria)
RSVP here

Post-workshop gigs
Chey Jordan & Seth Hancock @ Gasometer Upstairs
Immigrant Union & Zoë Fox @ Gasometer Upstairs


Tue 20 June – Getting Noticed
Danysha Harriott (Brunswick Ballroom)
Ashlea O’Loughlin (Social Season)
Sarah Guppy (This Much Talent, Gig Life Pro)
Mikaela Copland (Music Victoria, Tall Poppy Mgmt)
RSVP here

Post-workshop gig
Dopplerhaus & Spawn @ The Old Bar


Thu 29 June – Getting Plays
Tanya Bunter (triple j)
Sam Cummins (3RRR)
John Halstead (DITTO, Seven Seven Music Group)
Shannen Egan (Turning Agency, Nettwerk Group)
RSVP here

Post workshop gig
Premium Fantasy w/ Claire Birchall & Banish @ Nighthawks

: If you have any access requirements please email

Demographics & Identity questions: For more information about our demographics and identity questions in the registration process, please head to:

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.

The inaugural Gold Sounds Music Conference was held on 19 - 21 November in Castlemaine and brought together musicians and music industry professionals from across Regional Victoria.


A dedicated Venues Day was attended by 15 professionals from 11 live music venues in Central Victoria, and featured sessions on accessibility, inclusion and moving forward beyond COVID-19. A dedicated Youth Program convened with the input of local FReeZA committees and featuring Dallas Woods and guests from The Push was attended by over 15 young people from Castlemaine and Bendigo.


The Industry Day was book-ended by rousing keynotes from Liz Stringer and Jen Cloher who shared invaluable thoughts and insights with the delegates. The conference also featured a detailed and inspiring presentation on Accessibility from Eliza Hull, engaging conversation with engineers Anna Laverty and Casey Rice, plus discussion panels on promotion, mental health, and connecting with audiences.


The event wrapped up with a gathering at Castlemaine's iconic Theatre Royal where attendees and speakers were able to continue networking and building relationships.


"A day well spent at Gold Sounds - plenty of great stories at the forum today and a dash of community resilience reminding us all what it is that we do what we love". - Conference Delegate


A new regional music conference is set to take centre stage in Castlemaine across three days from November 19 to 21.

Gold Sounds will bring together the Victorian regional music community and feature speakers from the local area as well as Melbourne. The conference is designed to lead the regional music industry's COVID-19 recovery efforts while addressing the needs of musicians, music professionals and music communities. Participants will be empowered with the skills, networks and strategies they need to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and carry that increased capacity into the future.

The conference is part of the Regional Music Development Pilot Program funded by Creative Victoria and delivered in partnership with Music Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria with support from Mount Alexander Shire Council.


Day 1

Venues Day and Roundtable Sessions

Kicking off with a venues day, Gold Sounds will unite live music venues in Mount Alexander Shire and neighbouring areas including Macedon Ranges, Hepburn Shire and City of Greater Bendigo. Roundtable sessions will be held to upskill venues and their staff in key areas such as improving access, understanding how to nurture inclusive spaces, and will take a look at what the future holds as the industry rebounds in the wake of COVID-19.

Youth Program

Friday afternoon will take a youth-based focus bringing together the Mount Alexander Shire FReeZA committee and other young people from the area to take part in a professional development music conference geared towards young musicians and those aspiring towards a music-related career. Includes Q&A's with Lisa Lorenz & Aarti Desai from The Push, Shaun Adams (Festival & Venue Programmer), and musicians Dallas Woods, Jem Moloney & Maya Rose.

To attend the Youth Program, please RSVP to


Day 2

Keynotes and Panel Sessions

Saturday will see a full day of programming geared towards regional artists and industry alike.
Don’t miss keynotes from acclaimed artists:

Engage with panel sessions featuring:




Tickets for the Saturday event are $10 and are strictly limited.

*Discounted tickets of $5 inc. fee are available for First Nations People, People with Disability and People of Colour. Companion Card holders get in for free. Please contact fionna{at] for the discount code.


Day 3

321 Songwriter Sessions

Sunday will finish with the 321 Songwriter Sessions Castlemaine, a day of in-person collaborative sessions curated by songwriters Jess Ribeiro & Dallas Woods. The day will be presented in partnership with APRA AMCOS.
321 sessions are a fantastic opportunity if you're looking to sharpen and hone your songwriting skills. Register your interest before Monday, November 15th here.


Full Program

Download the full conference program here


For more information about Gold Sounds, please contact Fionna Allan at fionna[at]




Music Victoria and the Victorian Small Business Commission hosted an information session on the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme which you can now watch below.


The session covers eligibility, the process and how mediation can work for tenants and landlords.



More about the scheme

The Scheme was introduced by the Victorian Government to ease the pressure on Victoria’s small and medium-sized businesses (with an annual turnover of less than $50 million) that have experienced a fall in turnover of more than 30 per cent during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Eligible business owners can obtain relief in the form of a proportionate reduction in rent. For example, a business with a turnover of 40 per cent of pre-pandemic levels can only be charged 40 per cent of its rent. Of the balance, at least half must be waived, with the remainder deferred.

Under the Scheme, the Victorian Small Business Commission (VSBC) is supporting tenants and landlords by providing information to assist with negotiating a rent relief agreement and access to free and impartial mediation if a fair agreement can’t be reached.

Tenants can also apply to the VSBC for a binding order for rent relief if their landlord fails to respond or sufficiently respond to the VSBC or doesn’t engage in mediation in good faith.

The Scheme applies retrospectively from 28 July 2021 and will run until 15 January 2022.