Melbourne Music Week is an iconic event on the Melburnian music lover’s calendar, and this year the festival has announced, for obvious reasons, that it will be going ahead with a 100% Australian/Kiwi line-up of artists.
The City of Melbourne council have stated they’re focused on increasing support for local venues, artists and promoters. Previous attendees might recall that each year MMW sets up a special temporary venue dubbed the MMW Hub — this year that will not be happening as the festival directs all its funding into existing venues.
The local industry has been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the unfortunate reality is that the government’s support funding for the arts sector have so far been rather bungled, with vulnerable cornerstones of Melbourne’s cultural heritage falling through the cracks (you can show support by signing a petition here, organised by a group of over 100 Melbourne venues). So here’s hoping this support does actually flow into where it’s needed most. Being Melbourne-based, myself and the rest of the Noisegate team would ideally like something of our amazing scene to remain when the dust settles (if that ever happens).
The festival is scheduled to go down 18-22 November, and artist applications are now open. Applications are open to all types of activations, from one-of-a-kind performances, talks and workshops through to all-ages events that meet their selection criteria. Successful applicants may also receive support such as event funding, securing a venue or access to expertise in staging, AV, operations or production.
Get all the details via the City of Melbourne website below, applications close June 28. Good luck!