At a time when Victorian musician and now triple Grammy winner Gotye has focused the eyes of the world on Victorian music, local artists Michael Antoniou of Malvern and Julia Gurry of Glen Iris have the chance to follow in his footsteps thanks to the Victorian Government’s Contemporary and Live Music Development program.
Member for Malvern, Michael O’Brien MP, today congratulated Michael and Julia on receiving grants that will give support to developing their individual careers in the music industry.
“These grants will be a great boost for both Michael Antoniou and Julia Gurry. Michael’s grant will assist the rock musician’s development of a new demo recording ahead of his release of a debut single. Julia’s grant, on behalf of pop/rock group Belle Roscoe, will help to develop a promotional video clip to support the launch of the group’s second album”, Michael O’Brien said.
Premier and Minister for the Arts Ted Baillieu said the Contemporary and Live Music Development program, through Arts Victoria, supported all genres of contemporary music and supported musicians at a range of different career stages.
“This program aims to support the creative growth and viability of the Victorian music industry, to help musicians find a voice and to be heard by audiences across the state, the country and the globe,” Mr Baillieu said.
“Artists who have previously received support through the program include Paul Dempsey, Claire Bowditch and this week’s big winner Gotye, who received a music touring grant in 2008 to support a European tour to promote his second album.
“That tour helped him get in front of international audiences and it has been fantastic to see his career skyrocket since then,” Mr Baillieu said.
Other projects supported in the latest round include:
• new albums by country pop outfit Toot Toot Toots and roots musician Jordie Lane;
• tours by alternative folk duo The April Maze and jazz outfit The Nat Bartsch Trio, and a 30-date
US tour for heavy rock band 4Arm where they will support influential US metal acts including
Testament and Overkill; and
• industry development initiatives including Arts Centre Melbourne’s new emerging composer
mentorship program and community radio station 3MDR’s ‘live to air’ sessions for local musicians
The next round of the Contemporary and Live Music Development program closes on Tuesday 12 March 2013. To see a full list of current round recipients, visit www.arts.vic.gov.au/news.