Music Works

The Music Works program provides funding for projects – including new ideas and new approaches – that will support Victoria’s position as a world-leading state for contemporary music.

Applications are sought from Victorian based contemporary music artists and industry professionals across all genres and career stages. Applicants can apply for funding for projects with creative and commercial outcomes, commencing from 1 March 2022.

Project proposals must demonstrate impact both for the applicant and the broader Victorian contemporary music sector and may include activities such as collaboration and partnerships, the creation of new works, audience engagement and exploring opportunities.

Priority will be given to activities which can be delivered in a COVIDSafe way or can be easily adapted in the face of changing health restrictions.

The program has three streams:

First Peoples Stream
Applications by Victorian First Peoples music industry professionals or First Peoples-led music industry businesses or organisations will be assessed by a First Peoples assessment panel to ensure Aboriginal self-determination.
Deaf and Disabled Stream
Applications by Victorian Deaf and Disabled music industry professionals or music industry businesses or organisations will be assessed by an assessment panel of music industry peers with lived experience of Deafness and Disability. Applications that are not Deaf and Disabled led but involve key participants who identify as Deaf and Disabled may also elect to be assessed under this stream
General Stream
All other applications will be assessed by a panel made up of a diverse range of music industry peers.

Applications will be accepted for requests of between $4,000 to $40,000 for individuals or groups/organisations.

Deaf and Disabled applicants under Stream 2 may also apply for an additional amount of up to $5,000 on top of their general project costs to cover specific access expenses.

Applications are currently closed

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Sustaining Creative Workers

The Sustaining Creative Workers initiative provides quick-response grants to individual creative practitioners as well as creative collectives and micro-organisations to help them through the challenges of the pandemic and plan for reactivation.


The 2021 round of the Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers initiative supports Victorian-based independent creative professionals, sole traders, freelancers, collectives, micro-organisations and businesses. This includes practitioners and organisations who work in support roles for creative activities, such as producers and technicians.

It is open to applicants in all parts of the state, working in all creative disciplines and at all stages of their creative career.

The program is designed to enable Victorian creatives to continue to work on and stabilise their creative practice or business while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place. Recipients can use their grant for activities such as but not limited to:

  • Planning, adapting and relaunching work
  • Research and professional development
  • Products and/or skills development
  • Exploration of new ways to engage audiences for existing or new work and/or
  • Development/exploration of markets for your creative work.

The following funding amounts are available through Sustaining Creative Workers:

  • Up to $5,000 for individuals, sole traders and freelancers; and,
  • Up to $10,000 for collectives, groups and micro-organisations/businesses (micro organisations/businesses are those that employ less than 5 Full Time Equivalent staff).
  • Up to $2,500 in additional access funding is available for applications from Deaf and Disabled creatives, artists, arts workers, and disability-led organisations/businesses.

Applications are currently closed.

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