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(clockwise from top left: Cheria Warwick, Saba Alemayoh, Si Jay Gould & Karima Madut)

Today marks the announcement from Music Victoria, of the successful applicants for the 2019 Live Music Professionals program.

The professional business development program open to venue owners and managers band bookers and independent promoters will see participants matched with some of Victoria’s most skilled and experienced music industry professionals and treated to one-on-one coaching sessions, as well as specialised workshops, masterclasses, conferences and networking opportunities.

The 2019 program kicks off on July 2nd with a full-day, closed door live music conference with guest speakers Brian Taranto (Love Police), Justin Rudge (Public Bookings), Simon Daly (Falls Festival) and speakers from Green Music Australia, the Australian Venues Association and Australian Festivals Association. As well as, Chris McDonnell from Eventbrite to present The Eventbrite 2019 Australian Music Fans Report. Liz Wright and Katherine Marshall, from Bandmates Victoria, will provide industry development training around inclusion, disability and the diversity of audiences, and Karen Ingram, from Access All Areas, will provide training in bystander approach to the music business, looking at gender equity, diversity and safety in the music industry.

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

Caitlin Reilly - The Yarra, Abbotsford
Cherie Warwick - Commercial Hotel, Yarraville
Fiona Macrae - Compass Pizza, Brunswick East
Juliette Lalli - The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick
Luke Hindson - Torquay Hotel, Torquay
Mary Sitarenos - Bar Oussou, Brunswick
Saba Alma - Afro Hub, Carlton North
Si Jay Gould - Geddes Lane Ballroom, Melbourne
Stefanie Mott - Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon
Timothy Andrew Heuchan - The Wandiligong Hotel, Wandiligong

Successful participants in the independent promoter stream include:

Amy Laidlaw - I Hear Django, Woodford
David Corbet - The Sound Doctor Presents, Aireys Inlet
Ike Anyiam - Iamike Entertainment, Cairnlea
Jayden Bath - Loch Hart Music Festival, Kangaroobie Campground, Great Ocean Road
Karima Madut - Sycamore Entertainment, North Melbourne
Lester Goold - Inwards Goods, Carlton
Lorena Miguelez - Leicashow Presents/Flying Saucer Club, St Kilda
Reggie Geldenhuys - Tovch, Lalor
Richard Cahill - Weird Place, Thornbury
Troy Benjamin - Deadly Events, Brunswick East

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said: “Live Music Professionals is part of our landmark Music Works initiative, an investment that is strengthening Victoria’s music industry at all levels. Developed in collaboration with the industry, Live Music Professionals is investing directly in the professional development of venue owners, managers and bookers and independent promoters. It’s a world first and it’s making an impact.”

For more information please head here.
Live Music Professionals is a Victorian Government initiative as part of Music Under Wings,
delivered by The Push Inc. in partnership with Music Victoria