FROM TRADITIONAL OWNERS TO TODAY – CELEBRATING MELBOURNE’S MUSIC HISTORY

Streets and laneways all over Victoria will light up with the sights and sounds of our rich music history, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Rockin’ the Laneways program.

Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Jenny Mikakos today welcomed the $25,000 grant for Cherry Bar who will create a permanent art installation in Melbourne’s AC/DC lane that honours the memory of AC/DC lead singer, Bon Scott, and $25,000 for Melbourne photographer Michelle Grace Hunder who will utilise six billboards in high traffic areas across Melbourne to celebrate key Victorian women in our music history.

These grants are two of seven projects to be supported in the latest round of the Rockin’ the Laneways program which supports projects that celebrate Victoria’s music heritage. The round provides more than $130,000 to projects that will engage 75 musicians and artists and a further 22 music industry workers in the year ahead.

The Rockin’ the Laneways program is part of the Labor Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative which includes programs to strengthen the state’s contemporary music industry at all levels, from musicians and other industry professionals to record labels, venues and events.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Jenny Mikakos

“Rockin’ the Laneways is a wonderful way to celebrate all aspects of our Creative State’s long music history, and I look forward to seeing the projects come to life in Melbourne”

“Victoria has a proud musical history that goes back tens of thousands of years, and we’re excited to be bringing the story of our state’s creative endeavours to life.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

 “The latest Rockin’ the Laneways projects will give people the chance to explore how our music industry developed – from the incredible contribution of our Traditional Owners to the artists, events and venues of today.”