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Music for the Stages

Music for the Stages is about getting more live music into theatres around Melbourne.

Victoria has a strong network of Performing Arts Centres (the VAPAC network) who present a broad range of work from theatre, dance, cabaret, circus, comedy, and more. They have existing infrastructure to present live music, and whilst some of these venues currently present contemporary music acts on their stages, many do not.

In March 2022, VAPAC and Music Victoria co-hosted an event at the Geelong Arts Centre to facilitate connection, discussion and explore potential opportunities for future collaboration. Over one-hundred industry professionals attended the two-day event, which included presentations and panel discussions from PACs and music venues, music festivals, booking agents, and artists.

Music for the Stages builds on this momentum and offers theatres across Melbourne both financial support and skilled expertise through the appointment of experienced music promoters to work with the venues on music programming.

Keep an eye on this page for announcements about music appearing at a theatre near you!

Music for the Stages is part of On The Road Again, a Victorian Government initiative delivered by Music Victoria to support the return of live music events across the state.


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Music Menu 2024

Music Victoria has partnered with Showcase Victoria to create Music Menu, an initiative to help musicians to get their work heard by programmers working in theatre venues and community halls across Victoria and beyond.

First run in 2023, Music Menu works with musicians who are tour ready and gets their music heard by members of the VAPAC network, bookers of theatres, and community halls who are actively looking for contemporary music to include in their programs.

Music Menu 2023 led to shows for Charm of Finches, Matt Joe Gow and others, with the Menu accessed by VAPAC members, venues presenting Live Music for Flood Recovery gigs and more.

The 2024 initiative is a part of Showcase Victoria (21-22 May at Darebin Arts Centre) and available as a resource for presenters who want to connect with what’s happening now in the Victorian music industry.


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