Another huge year ahead for The Push.
Victorian youth music organisation The Push have been awarded $250,000 in funding from the Andrews state government this week.
Minister for Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries Martin Foley announced the funding during a visit to Collingwood Arts Precinct on Monday.
"It’ll expand their Changes festival in Fitzroy, and give more opportunities for young artists in the suburbs and regions to play at all ages gigs," shared Foley via Twitter.
Terrific to visit the fantastic Collingwood Arts Precinct today, where I was excited to announce $250,000 for The Push. It’ll expand their Changes festival in Fitzroy, and give more opportunities for young artists in the suburbs and regions to play at all ages gigs. pic.twitter.com/TI7BLJw8xF— Martin Foley (@Martin__Foley) February 4, 2019
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The Push CEO Kate Duncan has shared that the funding will go towards The Push's 2019-2021 strategy, which includes the CHANGES summit (which will return for its second year) and the Live At The Steps event. Read the full plan below.
All-Ages Events Grants
Funding for venues, artists and promoters to access quick response grants to cover costs associated with staging all-ages events in delicensed premises and existing live music venues. Grants will be available from April 2019.
All-Ages Regional Tour
An all-ages regional tour, hosting four shows across rural and regional Victoria. These events will be staged by teams of local young people and provide opportunities for local artists to support some of Australia’s best headline acts. The All-Ages Regional Tour will be delivered from September 2019.
Live At The Steps
Returning as The Push’s signature event on the all-ages calendar, the free, annual event Live At The Steps will be held at a central Melbourne location in November 2019, as a part of Melbourne Music Week.
Returning for its second year, CHANGES will be delivered on 3 & 4 July 2019 at Abbotsford Convent and neighbouring live music venues across Fitzroy and Collingwood. CHANGES is a forum for provocative discourse and progressive thinking about the future of the contemporary music industry. The forum will encompass a two-day program, showcasing thought leaders across music and tech, as well as hundreds of Victoria’s most inventive and exciting artists.
To find out more about The Push and their events head here.