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The deadline to apply for a grant offered by the Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program is only a week away, with submissions due by 5pm on October 22, 2020. The Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program offers grants to 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.

The program accepts applications from Victorian-based contemporary music professionals from all genres and career stages, including Victorian-based artists/bands, performers, agents, managers and promoters, contractors such as bookers, sound and lighting technicians and music industry businesses and organisations

The 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.

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