Music passports will help local industry break new ground
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Music passports will help local industry break new ground

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The Andrews Labor Government is helping local music industry professionals connect globally through their Music Passport Fast-Track Fellowships.

Today, the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley announced the recipients while reiterating the importance of the Music Passport program creating better international opportunities for local artists.

“Victoria is the nation’s music heartland,” says Foley. “We want to take our best and brightest industry professionals to the world. The Music Passport Fast Track Fellowships will create international opportunities for local artists like never before, and further Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s music capital.”

The first recipients include music managers Charlotte Abroms of Hear Hear Music and Guy Blackman of Chapter Music and label managers Tom Fraser of Pieater and Amy Chapman of Wantok Music.

The program has been rolled out in partnership with the Association of Artist Managers and the Australian Independent Record Labels Association. The program will take local artists and managers to iconic music locations such as London and Los Angeles to learn from teams behind globally successful bands like Mumford & Sons and the War on Drugs.

The Music Passport program is part of a $22.2 million Music Works strategy to support and promote the states music industry at every level. These fast-tracked fellowships strengthen global connections and make it easier for Victorian artists to break into international markets.

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