What is the Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program?
The Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program is a grant opportunity to support Victorian-based contemporary music industry artists, workers, businesses and organisations who have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19).
The one-off program is a response to the unique challenges the industry is facing at this critical time. It will help the industry respond to the changing market and restricted environment while enabling workers and businesses to keep working, generating income, and maintaining vital business partnerships.
This state-wide program encourages applications from First Peoples, Deaf and Disabled people, LGBTI and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
The Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program aims to fund projects that will support contemporary music industry artists, workers and businesses who have lost work as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to:
- start working on activities that can be delivered while maintaining physical distancing and COVIDSafe measures,
- develop new works that can be commercialised,
- identify new ways of working, and new delivery pathways to connect with audiences, and
- upskill through professional/business development and mentoring opportunities.
This program will prioritise support for music industry applications from; Bushfire affected communities and regionally based applicants, Victorian First Peoples and First Peoples led-micro organisations/businesses, Deaf and Disabled people and disability-led micro businesses/organisations, Cultural and linguistically diverse applicants and Women.
The Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program will provide $4,000 to $50,000 plus Access Costs (noting additional requirements for total requests over $40,000. See the Guidelines for further information). Access Costs – Please contact program staff to discuss how to include this in your application and budget as these costs will vary depending on the applicant and size/scope of project.
The Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program will support projects ranging in size and scale, from one-off individual activities through to larger more complex projects and programs. It is split into four streams:
- Stream 1 – Victorian First Peoples applicants only: supports Victorian First Peoples contemporary music artists, industry workers and businesses/organisations for activity described under Streams 3 and 4.
- Stream 2 – Victorian Deaf and Disabled applicants only: supports Victorian Deaf and Disabled contemporary music artists, industry workers and businesses/organisations for activity described under Streams 3 and 4.
- Stream 3 – Development of new work: supports Victorian contemporary music artists, industry workers and businesses/organisations to create new works or activity, develop new or adapted forms of delivery, and connect to markets.
- Stream 4 – Training and professional/business development: supports contemporary music artists, industry workers and businesses/organisations to undertake professional development, business development and mentoring activities.
The Victorian Music Industry Recovery program is open to Victorian-based contemporary music professionals working across all genres and career stages, including (but not limited to) artists/bands, performers, producers, agents, managers and promoters, contractors such as bookers, sound and lighting technicians, and music industry businesses and organisations.
Please note venues that receive funding through the Victorian Live Music Venues program will not be eligible for support through this program.
Applications close 22 October 2020.