Hello Forte readers,
With the federal election just around the corner, it’s exciting to see both major parties commit to supporting music with packages, and also bi-partisan support from the Federal Inquiry into the future growth and sustainability of the Australian music sector.
Labor announced a $28 million package which will support live music, music exports, youth music and music hubs. It also promises to crack down on scalping and support mental health programs for artists and crews.
The Coalition then announced a $30 million support package in the recent federal budget, which should be passed regardless of who wins the election. This includes $22.5 million in $10,000 venue grants, a boost to the Australia Councils touring grants, support for businesswomen, indigenous artists and Sounds Australia to expand into Asian markets.
We also hope to see more State Government support for music in the State Budget which has been delayed to late May.
It’s great to see so much advocacy work around the country reaping rewards, and the major parties consulting, listening and taking music seriously. Make sure you stay tuned to Music Victoria’s communications to capitalise on grants and programs.
And thanks for all the members who signed up or renewed during our recent membership drive. If you’re yet to check out our new membership structure, member benefits and professional development program, visit musicvictoria.com.au.
Till next time,
Patrick Donovan (Music Victoria CEO)
The Rye Hotel is a family-friendly restaurant with an indoor play centre, beachfront and poolside accommodation, and best of all – they now host live music in their 150 capacity upstairs top deck bar! Tickets are affordable, and it’s one of the few music venues in the region. Get in there and support it, and keep an eye on it over the coming months, as we reckon it’s gonna be a really special venue!
Check their upcoming concerts at www.ryehotel.com.au/whats-on/
Gig of the Month
Low Light, Queenscliff
Friday 3 May – Sunday 30 June
Queenscliff (Victoria’s 19th century coastal jewel in the crown) and Point Lonsdale (the picturesque seaside village) will once again be taken over by the second instalment of Low Light, Queenscliff, bringing together local arts, music, literature, film & culinary talents in a two month-long celebration of the senses this May and June.
The musical highlights include performances by Dan Sultan, Clare Bowditch, Archie Roach (QMF Concert Series), a live soundtrack by the Grigoryan Brothers as part of Bellarine Lighthouse Film Festival, plus intimate performances from Jen Cloher and Mark Lang (both presented by Lighthouse Arts Collective).
For more information visit http://lowlightqueenscliff.com.au/