Professional Development


We deliver a range of professional development events; from masterclasses to panel discussions, to workshops and keynotes. If you are a Music Victoria member, you can attend all of our professional development events for free!

You can find the details for all upcoming events here as soon as tickets become available.

They usually fill up pretty fast so make sure you follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to find out about dates and speakers.

If you can’t make it to an event, we often upload the videos after the fact. Follow us on Youtube to be notified when we upload something new.


Artist Consultancy Program

In October 2020, 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.

This year’s pilot program is the first of its kind which will return in 2021 for another cohort of Victorian artists.
See the list of successful 2020 artist participants here.

Listen & Watch

Since 2010, Music Victoria has delivered many high-quality professional development workshops around Victoria. Topics have included grants and funding, small business finance, publicity and promotion, how to get a gig, and industry updates on relevant sector issues.

In 2016 we started recording these to ensure they are accessible for everyone. Follow us on Youtube and Soundcloud to be notified when we upload something new.

10/12/20: Preparing for 2021 as an Independent Artist

We have brought together a bunch of expert Artist Managers to discuss the learnings from this year, and share their advice for reimagining your future as an independent musician heading into 2021.

03/12/2020: How Live Streaming Is Evolving

Live streaming has been the only live music and performance solution for Victorian musicians in lockdown during 2020. Its main purpose was to maintain a presence of live music in hard times, which certainly helped us all at one point! In what was an admirable adaptation by the music community, this also shifted our expectations of production quality.

24/08/2020: Live Music Australia Grants Panel

The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN), Music Victoria and the Australian Government Office for the Arts in the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications outline the guidelines and offer tips on applying for the Live Music Australia program. The first year of funding is aimed at preparing live music venues to become operational following the impacts of COVID19 on the industry. The focus of the program is on small to medium venues that support high quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged.

10/08/2020: Live Music Venues Grants Panel

Grant writers will take venues through the eligibility of Creative Victoria’s Live Music Venues Grants and offer tips on telling your story and impact to the music community, as well as budgets and support letters.

17/06/2020: Recovery After Covid-19: Touring

While the future of touring hangs in the balance, we brought together thought leaders from the industry to share their thoughts and postulate the opportunities it could hold. How can promoters, festivals, agents and artists prepare for the post-COVID world, and remain agile to the touring landscape that is constantly evolving?

16/06/2020: Recovery After Covid-19: Venues

Venues, musos and music lovers – learn what to expect in the post-COVID world, by catching up on this week’s COVID Recovery Venues workshop as part of Leaps and Bounds Music Festival.

Be sure to also check out our full playlist of Professional Development videos.

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Bands, Budgets & Balancing the Books – Tax & Accounting Workshop w/ APRA AMCOS

Pozible Crowdfunding workshop – Learn, Pitch & Collaborate

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