The Andrews Labor Government have teamed up with APRA AMCOS to present a program called Connect and Create – a three-year program that aims to support musicians – whether you’re a songwriter, composer, or producer in building a sustainable career, and making your music accessible.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley met up with a group of Australian musicians including Megan Washington, composer Francois Tetaz, and lead singer of Evermore Jon Hume to commission the program, announcing Connect and Create “will support songwriters creatively…will actively help Victorian artists make a living from their music” and will “strengthen Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s contemporary music heartland.”
Connect and Create will be made up of two streams: SongHubs – a series of writing camps that will partner Victorian artists with internationally recognized songwriters and performers, along with a songwriting festival that will involved workshops, masterclasses, panels and performances. SongHubs is an expansion of a program previously run by APRA AMCOS in 2013. Artists such as M-Phazes, Client Liaison, and Jon Hume from Evermore took part in this program, which allowed these artists to develop important connections with internationally renowned songwriters.
A program such as this could be extremely beneficial to anyone trying to make music their bread and butter. It will provide musicians with the knowledge on how to increase the revenue they make from royalties and music licensing, plus a range of other handy pieces of knowledge. Connect and Create is part of the Labor Government’s $22 million Music Works initiative to help grow the music industry in Victoria.
Connect and Create will take place later this year. If you’re a musician who calls Victoria home, make sure you get involved!