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    Location: Grantville Lodge 200 Grantville-Glen Alvie Rd  3984  , Grantville - Open in Google Maps -

    CMVic Music Camp 2019

    Grantville Lodge, 10-12 May 2019

    Join CMVic and friends old and new for a weekend of song, music making, inspiration and fun. Check out the schedule of workshops here.

    Grand jam tunes here

    Whether you’re an absolute beginner, experienced player or singer or are somewhere in between, dive into a huge range of workshops, enjoy the Big Saturday Night Bash, share your skills, challenge yourself, or take the plunge and run your own workshop supported by CMVic - and don’t forget jamming round the campfire...

    The highlights are too many to mention, but will include the  wonderful Saray Iluminado taking us on journey through Balkan music, the harmonious Songrise sharing their harmony singing secrets and two facilitated ‘Grand Jams’ where we'll all play and sing together. Plus heaps of plucking, strumming, singing, tooting and learning! 

    Everyone is welcome. This event is designed for people of all musical skills and experience, and those who think they have none!  It's  family-friendly with lots of options for kids of all sizes.

    Come to Grantville Lodge  for the whole weekend, or even just for a day - BOOK HERE 

    Workshops and Sessions...

    • STRUMMERS: Bring your guitar, uke, mandolin – or anything with strings  - and explore Balkan styles, new strumming techniques, traditional song and more - with Irine Vela, Thom Jackson, Tanya Nolan, and Margaret Crichton

    • FIDDLES: with Ernie Gruner and Brian Strating

    • SINGERS and SONG: Find or share your voice in one of seven dedicated workshops including song writing, four-part harmony, traditional song with Nela Trifkovic, Bruce Watson, Tanya Nolan, and Songrise

    • ACCORDIONS AND SQUEEZE BOXES: pick up new techniques with Lyndal Chambers

    • IMPROVISATION FOR ALL with Ernie Gruner and Kelly Dowall

    • KIDS: sessions designed especially for pre-school and school-age kids, culminating in their very own grand finale procession. With Katie Hull-Brown, Emily Hayes, Sarah Mandie, Nicki Johnson and Flip Case. Kids welcome at all other workshops too!

    • BUDDIES FOR BEGINNERS: Absolute beginner or experienced player wanting to try something different? We’ll match you with your very own buddy for a one-on-one intro to your new instrument!

    • GRAND JAMS: during the Saturday night party and on Sunday morning, facilitated by Ernie Gruner and Saray Iluminado (one of Melbourne's most original world music ensembles) – play the workshop tunes and practice new techniques alongside everyone at the camp

    • COMMUNITY MUSIC LEADERS: two special sessions sharing details of the exciting new CMVic Leadership Project, plus the opportunity to propose and run your own workshops

    That's just the start - take a look at the full schedule of workshops (last updated 06-May-2019)

    Who should come?

    • Singers and instrumentalists of all interests and abilities
    • Old hands and complete beginners and everyone in between - this is your opportunity to pick up that instrument you've always had a yearning to try or take your playing to the next level
    • Singing / music group leaders and those interested in developing their own leadership skills
    • Members of bands and groups linked to CMVic's projects, such as StreetSounds, 4M, Singing from Country, etc
    • Everyone! This is event is open to everyone whether a CMVic Member or not.  If you've never been to a CMVic event before then this is the one for you! If you can't make it for the whole weekend then just come for a fun day out of music making with others.

    Accessibility & Values

    • We are keen for everyone to get the most out of this event; if you have any requirements that would help you to participate fully, please email Sarah Mandie, our Diversity Coordinator, at this address:, and she will get back to you.
    • All of the scheduled workshops and sessions will take place in wheelchair accessible rooms, and some of the accommodation is wheelchair accessible.
    • All handout materials will be available, where possible, in an accessible electronic format.
    • CMVic’s values are creativity; empowerment; generosity; inclusivity; integrity; joy; leadership and participation. Our values are that the heart of all we do and we aim to live these values at all of our events.
    • We invite everyone attending the camp - our workshops leaders, our participants - to collaborate and respect these values through the weekend. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is able.  Everyone listens, and everyone contributes in a way that works for them.

    Venue & Location

    Grantville Lodge is in a beautiful bush location around 100km south east of Melbourne, with stunning views overlooking Western Port Bay. There’s plenty of space for outdoor jamming, practicing or experimenting, walking, relaxing and reflecting, together with several indoor spaces which will host our huge program of workshops and provide space for conversation and quiet time.

    Accommodation & Catering Options

    We’ve put together a range of great value packages that combine our amazing program of workshops with accommodation and catering choices to suit everyone.

    Cabin Accommodation

    • Private cabins have either a double or 2 single beds. Several have additional beds available at a special reduced rate.
    • Cabin accommodation is clean, comfortable, heated shared dorms, primarily in bunk beds. Just let us know if you require a lower bunk.
    • Every cabin has its own shared bathroom, so no walking outside for a night-time call!
    • Beds with mattresses are provided in all cabins - please bring your own bedding, linen and pillows.
    • Children under 6 sleep free, but you may need to bring an additional bed/mattress.


    • Camping is in the oval near the main camp buildings, and includes special low rates for young people (18 and under) and for children.  
    • Sites are suitable for tents, vans, trailers and caravans, but all sites are unpowered. If you require a powered site there are nearby campgrounds you can book directly. 
    • Camping spaces are strictly limited ensure pressure on facilities is at an acceptable level, so be sure to book early if you want to grab a camping spot!

    Day Tickets

    • Day tickets are also available - and this year's Saturday program is a stunner, so if you can't stay, just come for the day!


    • Catering will be provided by our fabulous, fully-certified catering volunteers, Anne Marie and Andy Hammond. Ree and Andy have provided catering at other CMVic events to great acclaim! Food will be tasty, healthy with a great range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. You can see the menu here.
    • Please indicate all dietary requirements at the time of booking. Catered packages must be booked before one week of the event only.


    • There will be a kitchen/dining room available for those choosing to cater for themselves, together with substantial fridge space. Please be mindful of others and clear up after yourself.


    • Tea and coffee is included in all bookings for the whole all weekend
    • Ample drinking water is available in the main dining room throughout weekend
    • Licensed bar: As a micro-organisation with lots of love but extremely limited funding, we’d love you to support the CMVic volunteer-run bar at the Saturday Night Bash  - the bar is fully-licenced with a great choice of delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic tipples and provides crucial funds that help CMVic bring more music to more Victorian communities. 

    Package Options

    All Inclusive Packages include:

     * All workshops and sessions from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon

     * Accommodation of your choice for Friday & Saturday nights^

     * All meals  - Dinner (Friday & Saturday), Breakfast & Lunch (Saturday and Sunday)

     * Tea and coffee throughout the weekend

     * Fun, inspiration, friendship and new skills

    Self-Catered Packages include:

     * All workshops and sessions from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon

     * Accommodation of your choice for Friday & Saturday nights^

     * Tea and coffee throughout the weekend

     * Fun, inspiration, friendship and new skills

    Day Package includes:

     * All workshops and sessions on Saturday OR Sunday

     * Saturday - Lunch and Dinner OR Sunday – lunch only

     * Tea and coffee on Saturday or Sunday

     * Fun, inspiration, friendship and new skills

    ^ Sorry, no reductions for one night bookings due to camp regulations

    Prices and Booking

    • Community Music Victoria members receive a huge 20% discount on all bookings! Remember to login as a member before you continue booking to receive your discount - if you need to renew your membership, please pay your membership fee before purchasing tickets to ensure you get your discount
    • If you’re not already a member, join now to save – it’s worth it! Join CMVic here.
    • Concession rates of 10% are available for most categories if you hold a concession card (please send us your concession card number).
    Standard prices Members
    (20% off)
    (includes all workshops, Sat night party, all meals, tea & coffee, camping)
       Standard price $232 $290
       Concession $217 $273
       Age 6-18 $152 $190
       Age under 6 $0 $0
    (includes all workshops, Sat night party, tea & coffee, camping)
       Standard price $146 $183
       Concession $131 $164
       Age 6-18 $66 $82
       Age under 6 $0 $0
    (includes all workshops, Sat night party, all meals, tea & coffee, bed in shared en-suite cabin)
       Standard price $270 $338
       Concession $252 $315
       Age 6-18 $169 $212
    SELF-CATERED CABIN PACKAGE (per person) (Book here)
    (includes all workshops, Sat night party, tea & coffee, bed in shared en-suite cabin)
       Standard price $184 $230
       Concession $166 $207
       Age 6-18 $83 $104
    (includes all workshops, Sat night party, all meals, tea & coffee, bed in private en-suite room)
       Standard price (price for 2 people sharing) $687 $858
       Concession (price for 2 people sharing - one concession) $660 $826
       Concession (price for 2 people sharing - both concession) $635 $674
       For each extra person in the room (max of 4)    
       Standard price $194 $243
       Concession $184 $230
       Age 6-18 $140 $176
       Age under 6 $0 $0
    (includes all workshops, Sat night party, tea & coffee, bed in private en-suite room)
       Standard price (price for 2 people sharing) $514 $642
       Concession (price for 2 people sharing - one concession) $488 $610
       Concession (price for 2 people sharing - both concession) $462 $577
       For each extra person in the room (max of 4)    
       Standard price $108 $136
       Concession $98 $122
       Age 6-18 $54 $68
       Age under 6 $0 $0
    DAY RATES (per person) (Book here)    
    All Inclusive Saturday Package
    (includes all Sat workshops, Sat night party, tea & coffee, self-catered)
       Standard price $62 $78
       Concession $56 $70
       Age 6-18 $66 $82
       Age under 6 $0 $0
    All Inclusive Sunday Package
    (includes all Sun workshops, tea & coffee, self-catered)
       Standard price $43 $54
       Concession $39 $49
       Age 6-18 $22 $27
       Age under 6 $0 $0


    • CMVic is a registered charity. We work on a very small budget and rely heavily on lots of fantastic volunteers to deliver a year-round program of events and activities. 
    • We are also proud to pay all of our wonderful workshop leaders a fair fee that goes some way to reflecting the incredible energy and expertise they will share with us this weekend. 
    • If you’re able to, please consider making a tax deductable donation here. No matter how small, your generosity will help bring more music to more people across Victoria.