SOUNDS AUSTRALIA is not a funding body and therefore not in a position to offer any kind of financial assistance. In the interest of staying neutral and fair, we do not provide Letters of Support to funding bodies on any artist’s behalf.

It is important to note that funding is available through different State grant programs.

Make sure you cost your entire initiative out first with funding assistance and without (don’t forget to budget in the correct currency).

The Australia Council for The Arts

Information about Australia Council’s new funding model and how to apply can be found here

Strategic International Market Fund

Event dates:  2017 – 2018

Amount:  $5,000 – $30,000

Applications closing dates:

  • Round 1 – Midnight, Tuesday 28 November 2017
  • Round 2 – Midnight, Tuesday 16 January 2018
  • Round 3 – Midnight, Tuesday 13 February 2018
  • Round 4 – Midnight, Tuesday 20 March 2018
  • Round 5 – Midnight, Tuesday 17 April 2018
  • Round 6 – Midnight, Tuesday 15 May 2018
  • Round 7 – Midnight, Tuesday 12 June 2018


You will be notified of the outcome of your submission within 2 weeks of the closing date.

About the opportunity

The Strategic International Market Fund is an outcomes based fund that provides support for artists and arts organisations to respond to opportunities that directly arise from Australia Council strategic projects delivered by the Australia Council in target international markets (Western Europe, North Asia, South and South East Asia, North America and Canada).

This fund supports activities such as:

  • touring
  • showcasing and festival appearances
  • exhibitions
  • exchanges
  • international collaborations
  • literature translation costs
  • arts practice based research
  • market development activity

Strategic initiatives and resulting opportunities that can be applied for include:

  • Asia Develops Asia Meeting (ADAM)
  • Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM)
  • China/Korea Publishers Visit
  • China SPAF
  • Classical:NEXT
  • Dance Massive
  • Dhaka Arts Summit
  • IETM plenaries
  • Incoming visitors programs including VIPs
  • India Art Fair / Kochi-Muziris Biennale
  • Indian Literature Exploratory
  • In Between Time Festival
  • International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY)
  • New York in January
  • Performing Arts Festival Berlin
  • Showcase platforms at Brighton Festival and Theater der Welt
  • Singapore International Festival of Arts
  • Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting (TPAM)
  • Tri Nation Curators Exchange


To discuss your expression of interest, please contact Matthew Loftus on +61 2 9215 9071 or

Phone: 02 9215 900

Toll Free: 1800 226 912

NRS: 1800 555 677

Export Market Development Grants

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for small to medium aspiring and growing export-ready businesses. It encourages businesses to increase international marketing and promotion expenditure. Eligible exporters are reimbursed up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000, up to a maximum of $150,000, provided total eligible expenses incurred amount to at least $15,000.

The above applies to eligible export marketing expenditure incurred from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018 (the 2017–18 grant year), and applications lodged between 1 July 2018 and midnight Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) on 30 November 2018.

The lodgement period for EMDG applications opens on 1 July.

If you are submitting your own application, Austrade must receive your completed application form and all required documents no later than midnight 30 November Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (AEDT).

More information can be found here

Create NSW

Create NSW offers direct funding to organisations, artists, practitioners and arts and cultural workers through the Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP).

ACDP Funding guidelines can be found here

Arts and Cultural Projects

Arts and Cultural Projects funding supports professional arts and cultural projects at any stage of the creative process.

Applications open: 30th October 2017
Applications close: 12 December2017 (Midnight, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

• Individual artists and arts/cultural workers

• Organisations, partnerships and groups.

Funding range:

  • Up to $60,000 for projects delivered within 12 months OR
  • Up to $75,000 for projects delivered over more than 12 months.

Artist Support Quick Response

Artist Support Quick Response funding provides professional development opportunities for NSW-based professional artists and arts/cultural workers to support skills development, take up outstanding opportunities of significance for their practice and/or develop markets.


Applications are received throughout the year for activities occurring between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be assessed and processed.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers
  • Partnerships and groups

Please note: priority will be give to applicants who have not received Artist Support funding in the last 12 months.

Funding range: Up to $5000.



Applications are received throughout the year for activities occurring between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be assessed and processed.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers
  • Organisations, partnerships and groups

Funding range: Up to $5000



Quick response grants offer up to $1,000 per financial year for arts and cultural projects that need funding at short notice.

Quick Response grants are part of the NT Arts Grants Program.

They are available all year round.

This funding provides support for professional and emerging artists and arts workers for all of the following:

  • expression of identity through arts and culture
  • increased arts participation and access
  • employment of NT artists.

Arts NT – Arts Brokers on 8999 8981 Free Call 1800 678 237


Arts QLD

Queensland Arts Showcase Program

The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) provides funding to support individuals, organisations or collectives to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland.

This is a rolling fund with applications accepted at any time.

Arts Ignite – funding of up to $60 000 for new works

  • Support the creative development and public presentation of new works which respond to demand.
  • Cultivate new and emerging talent and extends artists and/or organisations’ practice, audiences and markets.

How to apply

  1. Read the Queensland Arts Showcase Program documents: guidelines, application form, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and important information for applicants.
  2. Apply online.

Other awards for individuals:

Also for organisations:

Other projects funding:

  • Backing Indigenous Arts – Bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures of Queensland to the world

Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship 

The fellowship will consist of an award of $25,000 to a Queensland based contemporary songwriter. The recipient will undertake a trip of up to two months to either London, Berlin or New York. The Fellowship has been designed to expose the recipient to the full cultural life of one of these cities as a source of inspiration and creativity.

Backing Indigenous Arts 

Bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures of Queensland to the world

Arts SA

The Contemporary Music funding program is divided into two areas of focus:

  • Artist Development Grants
  • Industry Development Grants
    • Strategic Partnerships
    • Pocket Grants
    • Organisations Funding

Touring grants are available to support scheduled performances in regional SA, interstate or internationally, that build audiences and/or professional networks.

For the purposes of this grant, a tour is defined as three or more confirmed performances in recognised music and/or house concert venues.

International Touring

You can apply for up to 50% of total eligible expenses capped at $15,000.


ROUND TWO Closing date: 11 August 2017

Commencement date: After 1 October 2017

ROUND THREE Closing date: 8 December 2017

Commencement date: After 1 March 2018


Elizabeth Reid Project Officer, Contemporary Music Phone.

7320 3307

Arts Tasmania

We recommend you seek advice from a program officer before submitting your application. Program officers are a useful source of information and can provide advice on your application at any stage of the process.

Program officer Kate Mackie is available discuss to discuss your application relating to performing arts, music or writing – (03) 6165 6663

There are no limits or caps in place for this program. Please note that the average amount awarded to individuals, partnerships and collaborations over the past eight years has been $7 400 per successful applicant. We advise you to be realistic in your request.


Opens: 1 May 2017
Closes: 3 July 2017
First stage notification: August 2017
Second stage notification: October 2017

Creative Victoria – MUSIC WORKS


There are two major funding rounds per year

  • $2,500 – $20,000 for individuals
  • $2,500 – $75,000 for groups/organisations

Round opens: 25 January 2018 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round closes: 5pm, 15 February 2018

For activity commencing from 1 June 2018.

Round opens: 21 June 2018 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round closes: 5pm, 19 July 2018

For activity commencing from 1 November 2018.

Please note: it takes approximately 12 weeks from the closing date until funding results for the major rounds are available.

 Who to talk to


Quick Response grants from $1,000 to $5,000 for individuals and $1,000 to $15,000 for groups and organisations are available.

There are five Quick Response funding rounds in 2018:

Round Opens: 18 December 2017 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round Closes: 5pm, 18 January 2018

For activity commencing from 8 February 2018.

Round Opens: 1 March 2018 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round Closes: 5pm, 22 March 2018

For activity commencing from 12 April 2018.

Round Opens: 3 May 2018 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round Closes: 5pm, 24 May 2018

For activity commencing from 14 June 2018.

Round Opens: 28 June 2018 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round Closes: 5pm, 26 July 2018

For activity commencing from 16 August 2018.

Round Opens: 23 August 2018 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round Closes: 5pm, 20 September 2018

For activity commencing from 11 October 2018.


Music Passport Grants is a competitive grants category of the Music Passport program.  The program seeks to support not for profit organisations to undertake international activities that increase economic opportunities for Victoria’s contemporary popular music sector.

Projects need to aim to:

1. Open up new international markets or increase the market share for Victorian contemporary music.

2. Create new career and business opportunities for Victorian contemporary musicians and the industry more broadly.

3. Build on existing connections and programs (within and outside of the music industry) to create opportunities for Victorian musicians, music businesses and organisations.

Music Passport Grants will not support touring, or projects where the main activity is performance.  Please refer to the Music Works Grants Major Funding Rounds or Quick Response Grants for these activities.

All applications MUST be discussed with program staff before applying.

Download the Music Passport Grants guidelines here DOC, 177.5 KB.

Funding available

  • Up to $20,000 per application

There is a total pool of up to $100,000 over two years, with $50,000 available in this financial year (2017/18) and another $50,000 available in 2018/19.  Once the annual pool is exhausted in 2017/18, there will be no further funding until next financial year.

Who can apply

  • Not for profit organisations (NFPs) – for profit organisations can partner with a NFP

All prospective applicants must speak to program staff before applying.

Key dates

Round Opens: 26 July 2017 using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal
Round Closes: 29 June 2018 OR once the 2017/18 funding allocation is exhausted.

Read more about the Music Works programs

Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) 

Creative Development Grants

DCA’s Creative Development Grants Program supports the development and growth of sustainable, professional creative practice in Western Australia.

Grants are available for a range of projects and activities intended to advance the creative, professional and skills development goals of emerging and established artists, creative industry professionals, arts workers, cultural workers, groups, businesses and organisations.

Commercial Development

DCA’s Commercial Development Grants Program provides project funding to assist WA-based creative businesses to develop their commercial potential, increase business viability and extend market reach.

Grants are available for a range of projects or activities undertaken with the objective of:

  • increasing sales or business revenue
  • building audiences or client bases
  • accessing new markets or increasing market share
  • promoting or strengthening business/brand profile; or
  • developing strategic business or commercial significance.

Refer to the program handbook for more information on this program.

Both open year round up to $15,000

At least 25 business days before the project/activity start date