FReeZA | Youth Central

FReeZA is an innovative youth development program that enables young people to enjoy fully supervised drug, alcohol and smoke-free events. Each year up to 400 FReeZA events are staged, with over 150,000 young people attending from across Victoria.

The FReeZA program is modelled on a youth participation approach. Young people join a local FReeZA Committee and lead the planning, development and delivery of music and cultural events in their community. FReeZA committees also provide important performance opportunities for local musicians and young artists.

FReeZA committees across Victoria organise drug and alcohol free gigs with live bands, dance parties and cultural events for young people aged 12 to 25, though most people who attend are between the ages of 14 and 18.

All FReeZA events are organised by a committee of young people for young people. You can tell your parent or guardian that all FReeZA events are supervised and the venues are safe.

Silouette of a live band playing on stage at a FReeZA event.
Silouette of a live band playing on stage at a FReeZA event.

FReeZA 2019-21 Grants Open

On 3 May 2018, the Minister for Youth Affairs Hon Jenny Mikakos MP, announced the opening of applications for the FReeZA 2019-21 grant round.
 
Grants of up to $73,500 over three years for regional providers and $72,000 over three years for metropolitan providers will be available for the delivery of music and cultural events for young people in their local community.
 
For further information on applying for a FReeZA grant, please carefully read the FReeZA 2019-21 Grant Guidelines (169kb).
 
Applications for funding must be submitted using the FReeZA 2019-21 Application Form (119kb) by Friday 15 June 2018. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
 
Applications (including any attachments) must be submitted via email to freeza@dhhs.vic.gov.au.
 
A series of Grant Information Workshops will be held for organisations interested in applying for a FReeZA grant from Tuesday 15 May to Thursday 24 May 2018 in the following locations: 
 
Tuesday 15 May 2018 – Loddon Mallee
Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Location: Birchip Business and Learning Centre
Old Shamrock Hotel
77 Cumming Avenue, Birchip
 
Tuesday 22 May 2018 - Melbourne
Time: 11.30am to 1.30pm
Location: Siteworks Workroom 2
33 Saxon St, Brunswick
Parking Woolworths (300 Albert St)
 
Wednesday 16 May 2018 – Barwon South 
Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Western District Health Service
2 Roberts Street, Hamilton
 
Wednesday 23 May 2018 - Hume
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
Sire Edward Weary Dunlop Learning Centre
Benalla Libary (Pat Claridge Room)
2 Fawckner Drive, Benalla
 
Thursday 17 May 2018 – Grampians
Time: 11.30am to 1.30pm
Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility
Morshead Park Stadium
910 Pleasant Street, Sebastopol
 
Thursday 24 May 2018 - Gippsland
Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm
The Wellington Centre
Wellington Room, Level 2
70 Foster St, Sale
 
To register your attendance at one of the workshops please email greg.box@dhhs.vic.gov.au with your name, organisation and the session you wish to attend. 
 
For further information on the FReeZA 2019-21 grant round, please contact Greg Box, Senior Project Officer Office, on telephone (03) 9096 1352.

How can I get involved?

There are a number of ways you can get involved with FReeZA. You can:

If you want to get involved in staging FReeZA events in your community you should first contact your local FReeZA provider. FReeZA providers are usually based at your local council or other youth service providers.

Where can I find out about upcoming FReeZA events in my area?

You can find upcoming FReeZA events under the Gig Guide on the FReeZA website.

How much does it cost?

FReeZA providers are not-for-profit organisations, so they're not trying to make dollars at your expense. All the costs are kept as low as possible and the ticket sales are intended to cover the actual costs of staging the event.

You'll find that each event ranges in price from around $2 to $20, depending on the venue and the event, though most are around the $8 to $10 mark.

Links

FReeZA Section on Youth Central
The FReeZA section is chock-full of information about forthcoming gigs and how to join a committee, interviews with people in the music industry, and tips on signing your band up to play a FReeZA gig.

Youth Affairs - Grants and Programs: FReeZA
The Victorian Government's FReeZA program is administered through the Department of Health and Human Services' Community and Economic Participation Branch.