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Bank of Melbourne today announced the return of Melbourne Music Bank, a community-driven music initiative offering aspiring artists a chance to break into the music industry.

The Melbourne Music Bank is calling for local musicians and bands to submit a song inspired by Melbourne. A career-making prize is up for grabs, including two days of recording at Sing Sing Studios, a video clip by film maker Wilk, live gigs, album artwork and 500 CDs, PR and marketing advice and the chance to have their song used in a Bank of Melbourne advertising campaign.

ARIA winning, Melbourne-based musician, Ella Hooper (Killing Heidi, The Verses, Spicks & Specks, Southern Cross Austereo’s ‘Aus Top 20’) is Melbourne Music Bank’s Ambassador. She said the prize could change the life of a talented local band or musician.

“It’s so important that we encourage and celebrate our local talent, and this is exactly what this project is all about,” said Ella. “I got my big break after being discovered at a local fete in Violet Town. It led to free studio time to record and now here I am today!”

The competition is open to all Victorian songwriters and musicians. Music artists have until 7 September, 2014 to submit an original piece of music inspired by Melbourne. Twelve finalists will be shortlisted and a public vote will narrow the field. Four finalists will perform live at the Melbourne Recital Centre where a panel of music experts will choose the winner.

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