Southern Metro’s music scene will take off like never before, thanks to a new Andrews Labor Government program to support local artists and create thriving communities.

Member for Southern Metro, Philip Dalidakis MP welcomed the latest Music Works grants, which enable Victorian musicians to tour, record or write new music, and producers, labels and promoters to expand their businesses. More than 800 music industry professionals will benefit from grants totalling over $500,000.

One recipient is South Yarra, Southern Metro artist William Cuming, also known as electronic artist LANKS, whose debut album has been made possible by a $12,000 Music Works Grant from Creative Victoria.

“A massive thankyou to Creative Victoria for supporting my LANKS project with a Music Works grant for my new record. ⭐️👌🎵 As an independent artist this is so meaningful to me and we are lucky to have this kind of support in Vic. This new record wouldn’t exist without you.”

William Cuming aka LANKS

LANKS | Photo by Brook James Photographer

Other Southern Metro artists include:

PROJECT/ARTIST Applicant Amount Project Details
LANKS Cuming, William $12,000 Support for the debut album by electronic artist LANKS.
El Perro Productions Blum, Ariel $19,792 Support for the GRID Series Artist Development Program, which has a track record of providing development opportunities for young aspiring music professionals in outer South-East Melbourne.
Sophia Brous Brous, Sophia $10,000 Support for the production and final mixing of a studio album by EXO-TECH, an improvised industrial outfit led by Sophia Brous, with a growing international following. The album will be finalised with UK producer David Wrench.
Jonathan Heilbron Heilbron, Jonathan $2,690 To tour to Israel, Norway, Russia and Germany to perform at leading festivals and venues.
Lewis Ingham Ingham, Lewis $1,500 To travel to the US to participate in a composition program held as part of the 2017 Charlotte New Music Festival.


Previous recipients have gone on be signed by international labels and win national and international awards. Close to half of all of this year’s AIR Award nominees, including four of five nominees for Best Independent Artist, are Music Works alumni – proving that Music Works really does work.

“As well as being a vital part of our culture, music is a big business for Southern Metro. These grants will help build businesses, strengthen careers and create new opportunities for those working all across the music industry. I congratulate Southern Metro’s Music Works grant recipients LANKS, El Perro Productions, Sophia Brous, Jonathan Heilbron and Lewis Ingham, and look forward to seeing their exciting projects come to life.”

Member for Southern Metro, and Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Philip Dalidakis MP

The Labor Government also announced Music Passport – a suite of initiatives that will support Victoria’s music industry to establish global links, learn from the best in the world and break into new international markets.

The program will be delivered by the Labor Government in partnership with the Australian Independent Record Labels Association, the Association of Artist Managers, Sounds Australia and the Face the Music conference as part of Melbourne Music Week.

It includes an international fellowship program for music managers and record labels, so Australian industry leaders can gain international experience and make global business connections.

It will also provide international showcases and inbound visits – bringing international music leaders to Victoria.

The program will boost export opportunities for Victorian artists through music export body Sounds Australia, and will support the development of our industry in the international market.

Music Passport is the latest program to come out of the Government’s $22 million four-year Music Works package, the biggest ever investment in the state’s music industry.

For full list of the latest funded projects, visit

“Through Music Works, we are investing in the industry at every level – from artists and venues to labels, managers and others working behind the scenes, we are taking Southern Metro’s music to the world.”

Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley MP