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:

1. 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.

2. 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

3. 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

Information here:

Creative Projects


The Creative Projects Fund seeks to support professional artists, creative practitioners, groups/collectives and creative micro to small organisations with short-term funding to develop and/or launch work that defines and represents Victoria’s cultural identity and breaks new ground.

Applications are encouraged from a wide range of creative disciplines from across the sector, including but not limited to screen, digital games, design, visual arts/craft, literature, dance/physical performance, circus, cabaret, music, sound art, theatre, multidisciplinary and cross-industries collaborations.

This program has three streams:

  • First Peoples creatives stream – Applications led by Victorian First Peoples creatives will be assessed in alignment with Aboriginal self-determination by a First Peoples assessment panel
  • Deaf and Disabled creatives stream – Applications led by Victorian Deaf and Disabled creatives can choose to be assessed by an assessment panel of creative industries peers with lived experience of deafness and disability, or by specific creative industries peers depending on the creative discipline chosen
  • General stream – All other applications will be assessed by specific creative industries peers depending on the creative discipline chosen

Funding available
Applications will be accepted for requests from $5,000 to $20,000.

Access Costs

  • All applicants are encouraged to include access costs within their project budgets that make activities accessible to a Deaf and Disabled audience (e.g. Auslan, captioning, audio description, materials in other formats).
  • Deaf and Disabled applicants applying to the Deaf and Disabled creatives stream, may apply for the general project costs, plus up to $3,000 to cover any additional specific access costs that will help remove barriers for the creatives/arts workers involved in the project. These additional funds can only be used for access initiatives costs and cannot be repurposed for general project costs.

Key dates
Round opens:
Open NOW

Round closes:
General and First Peoples streams: 3pm, Thursday 11 August 2022
Deaf and Disabled creatives stream: 3pm, Thursday 18 August 2022

For activities commencing from 1 January 2023.

Apply here:

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.

Information here:

Photo: Bliss n Eso, SXSW 2012 – Pic by Johnny Au.



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