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Music Victoria Announces Successful 2020 Live Music Professionals Participants

Pictured (L-R): Ben Caruna, Bridie Coughlin and Dallas Frasca

Music Victoria’s Live Music Professionals program will run for a fourth year in 2020. The free professional and business development program for independent promoters, venue owners, venue managers and band bookers aims at supporting live music businesses from across the state of Victoria. This year the program will support and connect both the new 2020 cohort but also extend and open its digital series of keynotes, masterclasses and workshops to the 60 alumni and wider live music sector.


Successful participants to this year’s program in the venues stream include:

Abby Ashmore, The Eastern, Ballarat

Ben Caruana, Whole Lotta Love Bar, Brunswick East

Benny Rausa, Colour Club, Carlton

Bridie Coughlin, The Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong

Donald Bazzani, The Edinburgh Castle, Brunswick

Julian Sheldon, ex-The Toff in Town

Lachlan McKenzie-McHarg, George Lane, St Kilda

Liam Alexander, Colour Club, Carlton

Marisa Fiume, The SUBSTATION, Newport

Matt Humphries, Halls Gap Hotel, Halls Gap

Philippa budge, Melbourne Museum, Carlton

Successful participants in the independent promoter stream include:

Anna Vithoulkas, OPEN JAM 'Καφενειο'

Ben Wicks, Blues Roulette

Cerisa Emma Grant, Barpirdhila Foundation

Dallas Frasca, A Hitch To The Sticks

Damien Mannix, Come Together Music & Arts Festival

Diego Moreno, Reggae Cruises, Roots Culture Festival, Sarava Festival

Hari Vrndavn Sivanesan, Sangam Festival

Isabella Melville, Bone Soup

Leigh McCourt, Get Down Events

Suzanne Norton, St Kilda Rocks

Victor Diaz, Lucha Fantastica, Cumbia Massive


The 2020 participants will be matched with music industry and business coaches for multiple one-on-one coaching sessions and will also attend a number of industry-related conferences, workshops and masterclasses – all aimed to assist in business recovery.

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The Live Music Professionals program is an initiative of the Victorian Government delivered by Music Victoria.