Local Artist Appeal

In 2021 we are pledging to raise $1 million to support local artists. And we need your help to do it.

2020 was a catastrophic year for Australia's live music industry. In an instant, everything that local musicians had worked so hard for, was gone. Financially this was devastating, but the loss of confidence, creativity and shared musical experience was just as tough.

'Our relationship with our audience is a type of lifeblood. Performance is a collaborative experience: not just with each other, but with you, our audience. COVID-19 severed that connection, and the fall-out for my colleagues and I has been not only financial, but emotional and artistic.' – Anna Goldsworthy, Artist-&-Writer-in-Residence

Victoria's most recent lockdown was a sharp and painful reminder that we still have a long way to go. We know you have been cheering our artists on, and now it's time for that support to be heard.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Our Local Artist Appeal seeks to raise $1 million throughout 2021 to ensure Melbourne's vibrant musical ecosystem is sustained.

Your donation to our Local Artist Appeal will:
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♪ Guarantee performance and commissioning fees in an ever-changing environment
♪ Engage local artists to deliver Learning and Access programs which reach people of all ages and backgrounds across Victoria
♪ Create additional employment for local artists, including recording and digital broadcast opportunities
♪ Help make the Melbourne Recital Centre’s 2021 program accessible to as many people as possible while the Centre’s revenue streams are affected by uncertainty and changing restrictions

Will you let your support for local artists be heard? Amplify your Applause and make a tax-deductible donation to our Local Artist Appeal today.

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