Through music, the project aims to support the social and economic recovery and resilience of communities in Far East Gippsland.
The scope of the project includes:
The original funding submission was titled ‘Community-led recovery and resilience through music in Far East Gippsland’ and the working title is ‘Far East Music Recovery Project’.
Early in 2021, in response to the Black Summer Fires and the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic on the Victorian music industry, Music Victoria in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria, launched the Regional Music Development Program.
The Regional Music Development Program (RMDP) was a 12-month pilot project, developed and based on similar models delivered by Music NSW and Music NT.
The overarching theme being that local people are more equipped at recognising the needs of their communities than a metro-based peak body. The original scope of the RMDP in Victoria invited expressions of interest from Local Government areas, and ended up supporting three, with the successful applicants being Mallacoota and District, Shepparton and Mount Alexander Shire, and included a funded Regional Coordinator role for two days per week in each area.
In Mallacoota, the role was shared at one day per week between two RMDP Co-Coordinators. The Coordinators were tasked with developing music based projects to provide:
RMDP was a short pilot program with a limited budget and resourcing, delivered through a period of continual COVID lockdowns which impacted on opportunities to engage widely and deliver live music events. Sentiment in the community included ongoing concern for the wellbeing of local young people.
To address this, a partnership with Sanctuary Mallacoota Youth Group was formed and a livestream program developed. In August 2021, a grants writer was engaged to work with the regional coordinators and in August 2021 an application was submitted to the Commonwealth Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program for the ‘Community-led social and economic recovery and resilience through music in Far East Gippsland’ project.
The proposal was conceived by the coordinators, grants writer and project partners representative of a diversity of expertise, interests and networks within the local Mallacoota community. Music Victoria supported this locally based initiative by being an auspice for the funding and taking on legal responsibility for the project.
In February 2022, the Commonwealth Government announced that the funding application was successful and $456,480 was awarded to deliver the project over two years.
Project partners involved in the submission include: Songlines Aboriginal Music Corporation Pty Ltd, Mallacoota Hall & Recreation Committee, Tacqueria Costa Salvage & the Trailer Park, Harmonic Whale, Reclink, Genoa Town Committee, Sanctuary MYG, Mallacoota Medical Centre (the trustee of Mallamed Unit Trust), and Mallacoota & Genoa Broadcasting Association Inc. (3MGB).
In principal support for the submission was provided by East Gippsland Shire Council, Mallacoota and District Recovery Association (MADRA), Destination Gippsland, Mallacoota Events Inc (now operating as Coota Gathers), Wilderness Workspace, Mallacoota and District Business & Tourism Association (MaDBTA), Mallacoota Historical Society and Pambula Rotary Club.
This project is funded by the Commonwealth Government through the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grants Program. However, it is directed by a locally based steering group comprised of the project partners and administered by Music Victoria, which is an independent, not for profit and non-government organisation.
Music Victoria’s role is to support the local community to deliver outcomes and assist in building local capacity for a self-sustaining, community-centred social enterprise.
The project will run from June 2022 until March 2024. The project plan will be reviewed by the steering group and the project manager but will include:
Different support workers and training will be provided as best suited and needed for the variety of activities that will be delivered as part of the overall program.
For locally-provided bushfire recovery counselling & support services, contact theRoyal Flying Doctor Service Victoria on 1800 001 068.
For a free, confidential phone counselling service, available to anyone who works in Australian music or the arts, contactSupport Act Wellbeing Helpline, on 1800 959 500.
Also checkoutPhoenix Australia recommendations for recovery support and information resources.
For urgent support, callLifeline on 13 11 14 for confidential 24/7 counselling and referrals.
*Accurate at 6 March 2023, please check the Grants and Opportunities list for an up-to-date list of funding available.