Music Victoria, Victorian Music Development Office, Inverse and Moon Mother Productions are thrilled to present the winners of their recently announced Music VR Backers Fund – a first-of-its-kind grant offered to assist Victorian artists in connecting with fans in new and exciting ways, utilising live virtual reality technologies. Each of the twenty lucky recipients of the fund will receive a $2500 grant and will take part in the inaugural virtual reality festival, Beyond Boundaries, with dates to be announced soon.

While live music is slowly returning to Australian venues, the music industry as a whole is still recovering from the effects of the pandemic, with venues running at limited capacities and many music lovers are still unable to attend live events. Live VR technologies allow both artists and fans to reconnect, regardless of lockdown restrictions, or circumstance, through immersive at-home experiences, merely a sidestep from reality itself.

Introducing the 2021 Music VR Backers Fund recipients in alphabetical order:

Alon Ilsar
Close Counters
Crown Heights
Delorean Project
DRMNGNOW
Fascinator
FOOLS
Hachiku
Louise Terra
NIASHA
Opal Ocean
Parvyn
RAT!hammock
Rubiks Collective
Rudely Interrupted
Speak Percussion
Tanzer
Taylah Carroll
Telenova
XANI

The twenty recipients of the fund were handpicked by an expert panel of leading Victorian music figureheads from Music Victoria’s Artist Advisory and COVID Recovery Advisory Groups including Ben Wiesner (Box Hill Institute), Dave Newington (Granite Consulting), Eyal Chipkiewicz (The Boite), Kylie Auldist (Artist), Peta Petidis (Muso) and Tim Curnick (Artist/Producer). With an overwhelming amount of applications received, the arduous decision was carefully decided by the level of innovation and uniqueness of the successful applicants’ performance pitches. Each grant recipient will receive one-to-one coaching and support on VR stagecraft, to ensure the Beyond Boundaries VR Festival is an experience like no other.

“Seeing the quality and quantity of applications for the Music VR Backers Fund has inspired us and is a fundamental driver to our vision – Victorian (and more broadly, Australian) live music has the potential to capture global audiences in the fast growing ecosystem of immersive entertainment. Through true convergence of arts and technology, both of which Victoria are global pioneers in, we’re putting our creatives at the forefront of an entirely new art form that will deliver unique and memorable audience experiences.” – Darren Vukasinovic, Founder of Inverse

To stay up to date with the first ever Beyond Boundaries festival, sign up to the Inverse newsletter. To listen to the lineup, check out this week’s Music Victoria’s Listening to… Spotify playlist.