Melbourne Music Week to deliver three months of live music with special expanded program

Melbourne Music Week to deliver three months of live music with special expanded program

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Nai Palm performing at Melbourne Music Week in 2018.
Words by Kate Streader

The special edition of the annual event, titled Melbourne Music Week Extended, will envelop the city throughout the summer months.

This year’s Melbourne Music Week has been postponed from its scheduled November dates to make room for a massive celebration of the Melbourne music community spanning three months.

Kicking off on Wednesday December 9 and wrapping up on Sunday February 28, Melbourne Music Week Extended aims to support the local music community as it recovers from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Live music pumps $1.7 billion into the Victorian economy each year, creating 42,000 jobs. After a year that has seen over 200,000 people lose income and work due to COVID-19, as estimated by Live Performance Australia, City of Melbourne is determined to boost the sector and Melburnians’ spirits with this three-month music extravagaza.

This year’s lineup, to be revealed on Wednesday November 25, will be 100 per cent local with support opportunities for venues and independent events to participate.

Melbourne Music Week Extended will take a COVID-safe approach, incorporating outdoor and intimate gigs before leading into indoor and greater capacity events in line with restrictions at that time.

“Melbourne’s live music scene is renowned internationally and employs thousands of people. We really want Melburnians to get out and support our venues this summer because it’s been an incredibly tough year,” said City of Melbourne CEO, Justin Hanney.

“I think Melburnians will relish the opportunity to again see live music again. Summer is a crucial time of the year for our live music venues and we want to maximise entertainment across the city.”

The Melbourne Music Week Extended program launches on Wednesday November 25. For more information, visit the Melbourne Music Week website

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