Local artists have welcomed Labor’s commitment to boost development of the local music industry and support local jobs.

Under the $22.2 million plan, an Andrews Labor Government will offer Victoria Rocks grants and assistance to artists, venues and managers, helping local acts break on to the scene, build a career and negotiate the pitfalls of the industry.

Victoria Rocks grants will assist artists embarking on interstate and international tours, support music festivals and community programming, and help provide services such as sound and light engineers, advertising and transport.

Ms Graley said that an Andrews Labor Government will support local acts every step of the way.

“We will help our local musicians to realise their dreams to become our future rock stars,”

“Unlike the Liberals who have halved support for our musicians and abolished Victoria Rocks, Labor will give our local artists a fair go,”

“We will provide mentoring and training, create new jobs and protect those already out there creating the music we all love and enjoy,”

“Casey has such a vibrant and talented music scene and Labor will step up to ensure our artists can take it to the next level.”

An Andrews Labor Government will also create the Music Market: a one-stop-music hub for recording and distribution, open to artists, venues, managers and industry development organisations.

Tara Leigh Dowler, a local musician said the announcement was especially exciting for young artists looking to break into a very demanding and competitive industry.

“Music Works will provide that helping hand and give young people far greater opportunities to realise their potential and get out there.”