Victorian Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, has today announced the final stage in the State Government’s $22.2 million, four-year, Music Works package today, which includes the creation and management of the Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) at the Collingwood Arts Precinct.

At a press conference held at the Collingwood Arts Precinct earlier today, Martin Foley announced the final stage of the package, which also includes the creation of the Music Market, which Mr. Foley explains will be the home to the Victorian Music Development Office.

“Just imagine, an artist could have a showcase performance in a multi-purpose space, present a keynote delivery in the training room, before coming downstairs for that live interview with PBS that’s streamed out on the net,” Martin Foley explained.

“All the while, with their management taking meetings, whether it be with local labels, promoters, discussions in the board rooms, and growing business capacity that’s so critical to growing much of our music industry.”

The establishment of the VMDO intends to help artists receive as much support as possible in their careers, including an industry research program, a free event program featuring international speakers, and an export focused program that includes global marketing campaigns about Victorian acts.