January 23, 2017


Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard today announced a $20,000 grant from the Andrews Labor Government for the City of Ballarat to develop an interactive digital tour guide of spaces that have links to Ballarat’s rich musical heritage.

“Ballarat has a strong music history. From acclaimed opera singers Elsie Morison and David Hobson, to musician and composer Warren Ellis of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and contemporary artists such as Hunting Grounds and Yacht Club DJs – they have each made their mark locally and abroad,” Mr Howard said.

“What’s often forgotten is the role that our music and performance venues have in nurturing creative talent.

“Theatres, community halls, pubs, clubs, cafes, malls and open spaces all underpin our cultural environment.

“It’s in our venues that artists hone their craft, interact with audiences and immerse themselves in the hot bed of talent around them.

“With funding from Labor’s Music Works program, council is developing the Ballarat SongWays Music Mapping project to celebrate our local music history.

“Not only will this project recognise both physically and digitally our rich music heritage, it will be a great resource for locals and visitors to find out what is happening now at Ballarat’s music venues.”

The project was one of five across the state to share in grants totalling $80,000 through the first round of the Rockin’ The Laneways program, which celebrates Victoria’s long-standing reputation as the home of contemporary music.

Applications for the next round of Rockin’ The Laneways will close on 20 March 2017 for projects and activities taking place from 1 July 2017.

For details of the supported projects visit www.creative.vic.gov.au