Scene News: New home to amplify Victoria’s progressive music industry

Photo: Mary Boukouvalas
Photo: Mary Boukouvalas

Music Market is open – it’s the new home to support the Victorian music industry to come together to learn, collaborate and do business.

Backed by the Victorian Government, Music Market is an accessible and flexible space that will sustain, develop and grow Victoria’s contemporary music sector.
Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said Music Market will connect the industry and be the beating heart of Victoria’s music community.
“Melbourne is the live music capital of Australia, and one of the greatest live music cities in the world. We now boast a new hub – Music Market – that will nurture our home-grown talent and further strengthen the industry.”
“Musicians, event organisers, artist managers and other industry professionals will be able to us these fantastic new facilities to collaborate, create, perform and develop their careers.”
Housed within the Collingwood Yards precinct over two levels, Music Market features event and performance spaces, business and co-working areas and music business support services.
Through a range of programs offered by its operator, Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO), Music Market is primed to support a wide range of music industry residents and partners, including managers, labels, booking agents, event and project managers, advocacy bodies and other industry associations and individuals.
VMDO General Manager, Katie Stewart said Music Market is a place that the music sector can call home.
“We will continue to support our passionate and nimble music industry with their business and professional development goals through networking and shared learning events as well as foster connections with the dynamic music industry across Victoria, the country and the globe,” said Stewart.
Photo: Mary Boukouvalas
Australian music legend Paul Kelly and Australia’s soul queen Emma Donovan welcomed a range of special guests to the official Music Market opening with a live music acoustic performance of Ruby Hunter’s song, Down City Streets.
Photo: Mary Boukouvalas

Paul Kelly highlighted that “Melbourne has always been a big music town. It’s taken some knocks recently but is amazingly resilient in myriad ways. Music Market is going to be a vital reason it continues to flourish.”

Emma Donovan explained that “The Victorian music industry is a tight mob. Like many musicians across the country, I’m always looking for ways to share and learn amongst my musical peers. Music Market will be a resourceful hub on Wurundjeri Country where us musos can discover and learn together and hopefully see a magical collaboration or two come to light!”
Archie Roach AM says “It’s a great concept to have a Music Market that supports everybody that’s involved with music. I am so proud to have Emma Donovan and Paul Kelly sing Ruby Hunter’s song, Down City Streets as part of the opening. Emma’s interpretation of Ruby’s songs has always been really amazing and having Paul singing it with Emma recognises his role of a producer of my first album Charcoal Lane where Ruby’s song was one of the tracks.”
UNIFIED Music Group CEO and founder Jaddan Comerford said “It’s so great to see Melbourne living up to its name as the live music capital of Australia, by opening the Music Market. I’m so grateful that we have this amazing facility in our city that will only create more opportunities for Melbourne and Victoria to thrive as a creative hotspot.”
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Music Market and the Victorian Music Development Office are both initiatives of the Victorian Government.

For more information about Music Market visit