As Australian musicians continue the long road to recovery through the continued COVID-19 crisis, thousands of devoted music-lovers are showing their support through Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Artist Appeal.

The Centre is on track to raise a staggering $1 million for local Australian artists this year, with over $480,000 received since the Appeal launched.

The fund ensures artists are guaranteed performance and commissioning fees for their work, despite an uncertain and ever-changing environment, where arts venues have been forced to close their doors multiple times. More than 190 artists have benefitted from the Local Artist Appeal already, with over $320,000 of the total raised distributed so far.

This vital support is enabling local artists to keep performing at Melbourne Recital Centre, sharing their music with audiences who are equally passionate about it. Over 198 different activities have been supported including live concerts, digital broadcasts, outdoor DJ sets, recording sessions, open rehearsals, outdoor stage performances, projections and Learning and Access programs to help bring music into the lives of Victorians of all ages who are experiencing disadvantage.

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