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Victorian grants to help keep the music playing

Melbourne performer Adalita is among 103 recipients of Victorian government grants totalling $857,000 to help musicians and businesses produce new music, upgrade equipment, livestream their gigs and enhance skills.

Adalita on stage with Magic Dirt in January, two months before musicians and the music sector were impacted by coronavirus.

Adalita on stage with Magic Dirt in January, two months before musicians and the music sector were impacted by coronavirus.Credit:Anna warr

As the widespread closure of venues due to coronavirus continues to have a catastrophic effect on musicians, festivals and support roles in the arts industry, Adalita’s $5,000 grant through the Sustaining Creative Workers program will help her complete a new solo album.

Jess Ribeiro, the Merindas and Amos Roach have also received grants to record, release and develop new music, while labels Good Manners Music, Bad Apples Music and Milk! Records are among those to secure funding for projects aimed at maintaining audiences and creating new opportunities for their artists.

“You want to be self sufficient, but this album’s been five years in the making and, while I can only speak for musicians, everyone wants a gig and they’ve just been wiped out,” said Adalita, who also fronts the band Magic Dirt.

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