Award-winning live music photographer Zo Damage, who has been capturing gigs in Melbourne for over a decade, presents the ‘Support Live Music’ initiative – a new fundraising endeavour aimed at raising much-needed funds for Melbourne’s smaller live music venues.
For a limited time, fans have the chance to purchase Zo’s original hand-signed prints at a discounted price, with 20% of the print sale donated to the venue the photo was captured in. For those prints captured outside of Melbourne’s smaller venues, fans can nominate a venue to donate the funds to.
According to Zo, the ‘Support Live Music’ initiative allows her to give back to the venues that have always supported her ambitious photography endeavours within their space.
“The foundation of my work as a photographer has been in live music culture and the underground and emerging live music scene,” Zo says.
“Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the entertainment industry finds itself shut down and in disarray. I believe there is something I can do to support a number of local live music venues, bring some joy to your walls and a little coin to my family.”
Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan welcomed Zo’s contribution, saying Zo’s work has always been an integral piece of Melbourne’s music scene.
“Music Victoria has long recognised Zo’s incredible contribution to Melbourne’s live music scene, and in 2017, Music Victoria awarded Zo with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Age Music Victoria Awards,” Donovan says.
“I encourage people to buy Zo’s beautiful works of art, to remind people of what they’re missing and to support Victoria’s iconic venues when they need it the most.”
Zo’s work can be found in The Australian Music Vault, which features her work, ‘SLAM Rally (II)’ as a signature piece in the historic collection, and in The Amplifier, Arts Centre Melbourne’s 2020 SLAM Rally installation, where Zo’s photography is a primary feature of the 360° degree experience.
Her previous projects have included ‘Eve’, a photography series celebrating women in live music, and the widely commended ‘365 Days’ project, which saw Zo attend a live gig in Melbourne every night for a year and photographing the live act for the series. The project culminated in the photography book, 365 Days Project.
For more information on the ‘Support Live Music’ initiative and to purchase a piece, visit Zo’s Support Live Music website.