Permanent Bon Scott Installation and Music Bus Planned For Melbourne

Bon Scott. Image Credit:
Jasmine Crittenden
| August 14, 2017

Melbourne will gain a permanent installation honouring the late Bon Scott, former lead singer of AC/DC; a bus dedicated to music tours; and billboards celebrating the contributions of Victorian women to Australian music history, following the announcement of the latest round of Rockin’ the Laneways grants. Altogether, 75 musicians and 21 music industry figures will participate in six projects, funded to a total of $130,000.

The Bon Scott installation is the initiative of Cherry Bar, a venue dedicated to live rock and roll acts. To cost $25,000, the art work will appear outside the bar, in AC/DC Lane.

Meanwhile, Melbourne’s inner north will become home to the Melbourne Music Bus, a recipient of $22,500 in funding. The bus, which was piloted during Leaps and Bounds Festival 2013-2016, will take locals and tourists on monthly tours of the CBD, St Kilda, Carlton, South Melbourne, Richmond, Fitzroy and Collingwood, covering Indigenous music sites, recording studios and locations featured in well-known music videos.

Also appearing in North Melbourne will be six billboards depicting Victorian women who have played major roles in Australian music history. Proposed by photographer Michelle Grace Hunder, the boards will be erected in areas of high traffic.

The Abbotsford Convent Foundation has received $50,000 to run Ngulu-nganjin (‘Our Voice’), a collaboration with the Wurundjeri Tribe and Land Council. This project will showcase local Indigenous culture – both contemporary and historical – including a series of new Wurundjeri music works. In addition to recorded stories, these will form an Indigenous sound trail around the convent, accessible by app.

Thanks to a $3,000 grant, the Lions Club of Marysville and District Inc. on behalf of Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend, will host a concert in tribute to the area’s musical heritage, in the lead-up to the Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend, which takes place annually in October.

Finally, Clifton Hill’s Patrick Furze will create a five-part radio documentary/podcast, focusing on venues important to Melbourne’s cultural history. The recordings will air on PBS and feature monthly on Beat magazine online.

Rockin’ the Laneways is one part of Victoria’s $22 million Music Works package. Grants of up to $25,000 are available for projects that “highlight Victoria’s celebrated popular music history, attract cultural tourism and encourage fans to discover more about Victoria’s rich music history”. Applications for the next round open on 12 September and close on 3 October.

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