Music and culture

Young Victorians have various opportunities to enjoy and get involved in music and cultural events in their local area.

Music and culture are an important part of any thriving community. Currently the department funds the following programs:

Be heard! community radio program

To encourage young people's participation in community radio in rural and regional areas, the Victorian Government is assisting with funding to provide:

  • Workshops in community radio production
  • Linking people to their local stations
  • Funding to allow station facilities to be upgraded

Community radio lets young people develop skills and career pathways in radio broadcasting. It also promotes local events and opportunities, and showcases the talent and achievements of people in the community.

The Victorian Government has committed $200,000 over four years for rural and regional community radio stations to increase the participation of young people, particularly in production and broadcasting.

To find out more, go to Be Heard! on the Youth Central website 


In addition to the Be Heard! program, SYN Inc. will also receive funding of $200,000 over four years.

SYN Inc. is a youth-run media organisation that provides training and peer mentoring to young people who have an interest in radio and television production. The funding will also enable SYN to deliver capacity-building initiatives for the young volunteers who perform management and operational roles at the station.

To find out more, go to the SYN website


FReeZA provides opportunities for young Victorians to enjoy music and cultural events in their local area that are drug-, alcohol- and smoke-free. Over 140 000 young people attend FReeZA events throughout the state each year.

There are FReeZA committees in metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria, made up of young people aged 12 to 25. These committees plan and organise events to suit the needs of the young people in their particular location.

FReeZA events include everything from Battle of the Bands and skate/BMX competitions to hip hop and song-writing workshops and art exhibitions.

Visit the FReeZA webiste for more information about how to join a local committee or to find out about FReeZA events in your area.