The Very West 2013 - Apply Now

Play at the 2013 St Jerome’s Laneway Festival?! 

The Laneway line-up is in need of one more brilliant act and, if you’re from Melbourne's West, it could be you!

As part of Footscray Community Arts Centre’s ongoing partnership with St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, The Very West is a special initiative designed to support emerging musicians from Melbourne’s western suburbs. The Very West offers local, unsigned and unknown artists and bands the opportunity to be heard by industry professionals, to play a special showcase event in front of fans and ultimately, to perform on stage at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Melbourne in February 2013. Previous participants in The Very West have been picked up by labels and agents, given national support tours and of course, played at Laneway festivals, all just by being a part of The Very West.

The Very West Forum and Information Session 

When: Saturday 10 November, 12 -3pm

Facilitated by Richard Watts (Producer/presenter, SmartArts, 3RRR FM National Reviews Editor, Arts Hub)

The Very West Forum and Information Session is an opportunity for bands applying or considering applying for The Very West 2012 to gain an understanding into the application process, what the judges are looking for and to gain a greater insight into the music industry. Speakers will cover topics such as; accessing the media to promote your band, the ins and outs / highs and lows of being a musician, sourcing distribution, marketing and publicity and how to get your band onto a festival line-up.

Applications are now open and close 4pm on Sunday, 25 November.

Application forms and information will be available to download from the Footscray Community Arts Centre’s website or you can email



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