Constituency Question- Music Industry

Mr FREGON (Mount Waverley) (11:39): (1830) My question is for the Minister for Creative Industries, and I ask: what is the Andrews government doing to continue to grow and encourage our local musicians and artists in the Mount Waverley district? I am very pleased to inform the house that in this year’s Triple J Hottest 100, Victorian artists have shone. In the top 10 alone we can lay claim to three artists, in Tones and I, G Flip and Thelma Plum, and also a very healthy representation throughout the count. I do have a small bone to pick with Triple J—that I could not find the Teskey Brothers in the list. We will have to have a look at that next year. Now, I will concede that Thelma Plum was originally from New South Wales, but as she has since moved to Melbourne I think we can proudly call her one of our own. Last year the Victorian representation was a bit slim, so I thank the minister for all the work that Creative Victoria and others have done to get us to this fantastic point. When it comes to our Victorian artists, as Molly would say, ‘Do yourself a favour’.



Minister’s Answer: Victoria is proud of its reputation as Australia’s live music capital – it’s a reputation that’s been a long time in the making.




The Andrews Labor Government has made a significant investment in our music industry over the last five years through initiatives that help organisations and artists large and small.




Since 2015, the government’s ‘Music Works’ program has funded opportunities for artists and industry across Victoria through Creative Victoria.




I would encourage you to have your constituents contact Creative Victoria regarding relevant funding opportunities.




We’re proud to be working hand in hand with a thriving industry that gives so much to our community, culturally, socially and economically.






Martin Foley MP


Minister for Creative Industries