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


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 aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.

Reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $10,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $20,000

Applications for the 2013-14 grant year are now closed.

2014-15 grant year – applications open 1 July 2015 to 30 November 2015

More information can be found here



Arts NSW has announced the Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) to replace the former Arts Funding Program (AFP). A summary of the ACDP including key changes can be found on the Arts NSW website here.

Arts NSW funding guidelines

Aboriginal Quick Response 

Apply at any time

Contact: Liza-Mare Syron

Telephone: 02 8218 2213 Free call: 1800 358 594 (within NSW)

Funding inquiries can be directed to: Email: 

Telephone Freecall 1800 358 594 (within NSW) Telephone 02 8218 2222 (outside NSW)

MUSIC NSW has a resource page on funding that can be found here


Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA)

Key dates for 2015 can be found here

Contact the Contemporary Music Project Officer: 

Pete Guazzelli -

(08) 6552 7460 or Freecall 1800 199 090 (Country WA Callers only)



See QLD Funding Fact Sheet

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 Queensland contemporary music contacts:

Ms Alexie Jell 07 30344016 email

Ms Donna Fahey-Macey 07 30344056 email



Applications will be accepted for requests between $5,000 and $75,000.

Solo projects will be eligible to apply for up to $20,000.

All requests of $15,000 or more must have a minimum of 20% in co-funding (eg generated fees/income and/or other funding partners such as government, corporate, private etc).

All requests of $40,000 or more:

  • Must be from legally constituted organisations, including local government; and
  • If successful, will be required to provide a Business Plan, Audited Financial Statements or similar documentation that demonstrates the organisation’s financial profile before funding is released. Note: applications from local government are exempt from this requirement.

Applications close at 5pm, Wednesday 25 February 2015 for projects commencing after 1 June 2015.



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

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

Closing date: 6 March 2015
Notification date: April 2015
Commencement date: 1 July 2015

Arts Development Officer, 08 8463 5414,



It is strongly recommended that you to contact one of Arts Tasmania’s Program Officers before submitting your grant application to obtain advice that may be relevant to your specific proposal.

Please call (03) 6237 6323 to speak to a Program Officer or to book an appointment.




Funding Limit: Up to $1500 per grant to a max of $2000 per financial year 
Notification Date: 15 working days after submission

For more information on the arts funding contact:

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