Port Fairy Folk Festival might be cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic but the show will go on thanks to a funding boost from Creative Victoria.
A string of south-west music projects received funding through the state government's Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program with the Folk Festival granted $34,892.
While not able to go ahead in its normal large-scale event, the funding will go towards the delivery of a series of three smaller-scale COVIDSafe concerts featuring nine artists.
The festival committee was over the moon to receive the funds and will now begin planning the concerts with an announcement to be made shortly about what the three events will look like.
Koorreen Enterprises based in Tyrendarra received a massive $38,000 to help in the development and production of Richard J Frankland's new multi-genre album with songs in English and Gunditjmara language.
As part of the Victorian Live Music Venues program, Portland's Quality Hotel Bentinck was named as one of the recipients in the second tranche.
The grants will support businesses and venues to make events COVIDSafe and kick start the creation of new music and initiatives.
Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said more than 130 Victorian music businesses, artists and venues will share grants totalling around $8 million, supporting nearly 5,000 jobs in the industry as part of the Victorian Music Industry Recovery Program.
"Our music industry creates and supports thousands of jobs - injecting millions into our economy," he said.
"The programs will revive our music culture by supporting local businesses and workers, so they can continue to do what they do best."
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