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Grants celebrate Victoria’s music heritage to the tune of $80,000

An audio walking tour exploring Chrissy Amphlett’s past, a concert that re-imagines the legendary shows at Melbourne Town Hall, and a digital documentary and tour of key locations of St Kilda's jazz history from the 1920's until today.

These are some of five music history projects being funded in the first round of the state government’s Rockin’ The Laneways program. It committed $80,000 for projects that celebrate or uncover Victoria’s music history, as part of its $22.2 million Music Works initiative.
 
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said at the launch this morning, “We’re proud to support these diverse projects that use creativity to celebrate and immerse audiences in our music history and heritage.
 
“Our music scene is a great drawcard for our state and these projects will provide broader opportunities to discover why we have the reputation as the home and hub for Australian music.
 
“There is so much from our music past to be proud of and these projects show that Victorians and visitors to our state have many more music experiences to look forward to now and into the future.”
 
The recipients are:
 
Auspicious Arts Projects on behalf of Kaye Blum: $20,000 to develop and release St Kilda & All That Jazz, a digital documentary and music heritage tour that will include an interactive map pointing out key locations of St Kilda's jazz history from the 1920's until today.
 
Art Gallery of Ballarat: $20,000 to develop Ballarat SongWays Music Mapping, a comprehensive digital map of spaces that have links to Ballarat's rich musical heritage.
 
Swell: $14,000  to present Swell 3.0, a music and art event that will explore and celebrate the live music heritage of the Mornington Peninsula.
 
Jessica Adams: $2,214 to develop a Chrissy Amphlett Melbourne Podcast Tour, an mp3 audio walking tour that will start at Amphlett Lane in the Melbourne CBD and will take users to places of significance in Chrissy Amphlett's life around both Melbourne and in her hometown, Geelong.
 
City of Melbourne: $25,000 for the presentation of Pause, Rewind - A Melbourne Town Hall Retrospective, an evening of performances that will pay tribute to the legends that have graced the stage of Melbourne Town Hall.

Applications for the next round of Rockin’ The Laneways will close on March 20 for projects and activities taking place from July 1. More details at www.creative.vic.gov.au. For more industry news visit Christie Eliezer's Industrial Strength column.