Funding

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.

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

See below for various Federal and State funding opportunities for international activity.

The Australia Council for The Arts

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

CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, this grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career. Grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000.

In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.
  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

ARTS PROJECTS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

Our arts projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences:

In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.
  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

ARTS PROJECTS – ORGANISATIONS

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Only organisations are eligible to apply. Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000.

In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.
  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

AUSTRADE

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 industries.

The EMDG scheme:

  • encourages small- and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburses up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.

See EMDG at a glance (PDF) for an overview of the scheme.

What is a grant year?

A grant year is the financial year (July to June) in which the dates of the expenses being claimed actually occurred.

Expenses incurred in a grant year must be claimed as part of the EMDG application submitted in the financial year immediately following (except your first application, which can include expenses from the two financial years immediately before the application).

Country Music Association

ROB POTTS INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

This annual program honors the memory of Rob Potts, his passion for taking Country Music to the world and his significant contribution while serving on the CMA Board. This voluntary exchange program will select two recipients, one from the United States and one from Australia/New Zealand and allow them to work under the direction and guidance of CMA and its partners in Australia to learn firsthand how different aspects of the music business function through a series of internships, networking opportunities, and industry experiences. This program is not intended for an individual pursuing a career as an artist or songwriter.

Program Outline & Opportunities

Through a series of internships, along with additional networking opportunities, the recipients will benefit from a range of experiences in many different areas of the business, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Marketing/Digital
  • Media/Public Relations
  • Booking Agency
  • Artist Management
  • Record Labels
  • Publishing/Performing Rights Organisation
  • Live Events/Stage Production
  • Radio
  • Video Production
  • Recording Studio

Each recipient will also be assigned a dedicated contact to guide them throughout the program. Recipients must be willing to capture weekly video diary entries to recap their experience during the program. Costs will be covered by the exchange program.

Eligibility Criteria

Two recipients will be selected, one from the United States and one from Australia/New Zealand. To qualify, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a legal resident of the United States, Australia, or New Zealand and meet applicable visa requirements to be able to travel to the United States/Australia for the period of the program.
  • Must be a full-time student enrolled at a college/university OR emerging industry professional between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of application.
  • Must be a current music industry professional OR have a strong interest in pursuing a career in the Country Music industry.
  • This program is not intended for an individual pursuing a career as an artist or songwriter.
  • Employees of CMA, Members of the CMA Board of Directors or their immediate family members are not eligible to apply. “Immediate Family” includes spouses, siblings, parents, and children.

Closing dates and timeframe

Applications close on Sunday June 30. The successful applicant will be advised in late 2019.

DFAT

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience. These initiatives strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally.

Cultural diplomacy outcomes

Projects supported by the ACDGP should advance the soft-power and partnerships aims of the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper by:

  • Supporting cultural collaboration and partnerships that build influence internationally.
  • Establish networks and exchanges between Australian artists and arts organisations and their international partners, to expand audiences and markets.

ACDGP objectives

The ACDGP will achieve DFAT’s cultural diplomacy outcomes by:

  • Supporting innovative collaboration and exchange.
  • Promoting our economic, artistic and cultural assets to an international audience.
  • Expand audiences and markets.
  • Build people-to-people links internationally.
  • Leveraging existing partnerships and fostering engagement with key stakeholders in line with our 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper.
  • Support other DFAT policies and programs where possible, including DFAT’s major public diplomacy initiatives such as Australia now (Japan 2018).
  • Influence perceptions of Australia at home and abroad.

Next grants round

The ACDGP is currently being evaluated in line with the Soft Power Review. The 2019 grants round will be open later this year. Please check back for updates.

Foundations, Councils & Institutes

The International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) supports the Government’s foreign policies and economic diplomacy interests and projects a positive contemporary image of Australia. IRGP grants support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners on contemporary issues of shared interest including business, education, innovation, science, technology, the arts, media and sport.

Funding options are available from the following foundations, councils and institutes:

Grant round dates

The 2019 FCIs annual grant rounds open in the first week of February 2019. Information specific to each foundation, council or institute can be found on their respective web pages. Applications are made via the Australian Government’s website: Grantconnect.

Grants eligibility

There is considerable competition for grant money with approximately 10 per cent of applications being successful. Individual grants generally do not exceed $40,000 per year. IRGP grants are managed in accordance with the Commonwealth Grant Rules and Guidelines. Grants are generally not awarded for:

  • Capital expenditure including items such as real property, equipment or computer software;
  • Activities that are properly the responsibility of other funding bodies or other government agencies (e.g. development assistance projects, trade promotion and academic research);
  • Activities that are already commercially viable in their own right or which give a commercial advantage to one organisation;
  • Subsidy of general ongoing administration of an organisation such as electricity, phone, rent, salaries (including for research assistants or administrative staff), honorariums or administrative charges levied by the applicant’s organisation; or
  • Projects already completed.

Given the competition for grants funding, requested travel costs should be reasonable (refer to the ATO website).

Lyrebird Arts Council

THE LYREBIRD GIFT

The Lyrebird Gift is a one-off gift of $20,000 to a musician or band.

 In keeping with our core beliefs, philosophy and approach to all we have done in the past 20 years, the application process to be the recipient of The Lyrebird Gift will be quite straightforward. Email us at lyrebirdgift@gmail.com and tell us why, as a musician, you should receive the gift.

That’s it!

Your entry may be some words, it may be a CV, it may be a link to your live music. Tell us who you are, what you do or plan to do musically and if possible, a sample of your music. Don’t forget to send your contact details.

We have made a conscious decision to make the gift as large an amount as we can so that it will make a difference to the recipient. We have only one gift to give.

The Small Print:
  • You must be 18 years of age or over
  • You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • The recipient of the gift will be responsible for all and any legal requirements that come with receiving this gift. For example: Income Tax / GST. The gift is a gift of $20,000 net in one payment.
  • Lyrebird Arts Council committee or their relatives and general members of the Lyrebird Arts council are exempt from receiving the gift
  • If the recipient is a band, then all responsibility is on the band to determine which bank account the prize will be deposited into and how it is used/divided.
  • The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • We impose No restrictions on how the recipient will spend the gift.

Entries close September 30 2019. The winner will be announced on our 20th anniversary, which is October 25, 2019.

artsACT

ARTS ACTIVITY FUNDING

Arts Activities Funding is available through two categories:

  • Up to $5k Funding: is open all year round.
  • $5-50k Funding: two rounds per year. The next round opens on 1 June 2019 and closes 5pm on 31 July 2019 for activities starting after 1 December 2019.

The Government has committed to $775,000 being available for Arts Activities across the two categories. At least $175,000 will be available for the Up to $5k category over the calendar year, and at least $600,000 will be available for the two $5-50k rounds .

Up to $5k for smaller projects, available all year round.

  • Requests can be from $500 to $5,000.
  • Applications can be made at any time but must be submitted at least six weeks before the activity start date.
  • Applications are assessed by artsACT staff. External peers may be consulted if required.
  • Applicants can only receive funding in this category once each calendar year, except in exceptional circumstances.
  • Applicants may also apply to the $5-50k category

$5-50k for larger projects, available twice a year.

  • Requests can be from over $5,000 to $50,000.
  • There will be two rounds each year with set opening, closing and announcement dates.
    • Round One opens annually on 1 June and closes 31 July with announcements made by 31 October for activities to commence from 1 December.
    • Round Two opens annually on 1 December and closes 28 February with announcements made by 30 May for activities to commence from 1 July.
  • Applications are peer assessed.
  • Applicants can only receive funding in this category once each calendar year.
  • Applicants may also apply to the Up to $5k category.

How to Apply

Applications to both categories must be submitted via the online artsACT grants portal.

Create NSW

Create NSW’s Arts and Cultural Funding Program 2019/20 provides funding opportunities for arts and cultural organisations, professional artists and arts/cultural workers across a wide range of artforms and disciplines.

Application processes

To make it simpler and easier to apply, we’ve consolidated 14 individual project funding rounds into two open rounds per year which includes ProjectCreative Koori Projects and Annual Organisation funding.

Funding limits for these categories have been removed, which means an increase to the amounts applicants can apply for.

We have also introduced fixed application timelines, with clear notification dates. That way, applicants will know at the time of applying when they will receive funding results.

PROJECT FUNDING

Project funding supports excellence, innovation and creativity within the NSW arts and cultural sector. It aims to deliver a dynamic and diverse range of arts and cultural experiences to communities across NSW, contribute to the development of a vibrant and accessible arts and cultural sector, and support the employment and development of professional NSW-based artists and arts and cultural workers.

Funding is available for a wide range of arts and cultural activity, including:

  • creation of new work, practice-based research or experimentation and professional development
  • production, exhibition, presenting, publishing or recording, touring and festivals
  • promotion and marketing, market and/or audience development activity
  • conservation and/or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places and the digitisation of collections)
  • purchase of capital infrastructure and equipment
  • partnerships, capacity building and sustainability.

How much funding is available?

There is no upper limit to the amount of funding you may request.

However, to be competitive, you must provide a level of detail in your written application, support material and budget appropriate to the level of your funding request (see assessment criteria below).

This expectation will vary according to the following levels of your funding request:

  • applying for less than $20,000
  • applying for at least $20,000 but less than $140,000
  • applying for $140,000 or more.

You may not request funding for the total cost of your project. You must include an independent financial contribution (cash and/or in kind) from other sources.

CREATIVE KOORI PROJECTS

Creative Koori Projects funding aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW. This will be done through embracing the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and putting Aboriginal artists, organisations and communities at the centre of funded cultural and creative activity.

Your intended projects may cover the following elements:

  • NSW Aboriginal cultural development
  • contemporary practice
  • sharing NSW Aboriginal culture the Aboriginal way
  • promoting NSW Aboriginal culture
  • strengthening the NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural sector.

How much funding is available?

There is no upper limit to the amount of funding you may request.

However, to be competitive, you must provide a level of detail in your written application, support material and budget appropriate to the level of your funding request (see assessment criteria below).

This expectation will vary according to the following levels of your funding request:

  • applying for less than $20,000
  • applying for at least $20,000 but less than $140,000
  • applying for $140,000 or more.

You may not request funding for the total cost of your project. You must include an independent financial contribution (cash and/or in kind) from other sources.

ANNUAL ORGANISATION

Annual Organisation funding is provided on an annual basis to support Arts and Cultural Organisations (including service organisations) to deliver multiple arts and cultural activities throughout a single calendar or financial year. Funding can contribute to any aspect of an organisation’s program.

Funding is available for a wide range of arts and cultural activity, including:

  • creation of new work, practice-based research or experimentation and professional development
  • production, exhibition, presenting, publishing or recording, touring and festivals
  • promotion and marketing, market and/or audience development activity
  • conservation and/or development of collections and archives (including Aboriginal Keeping Places and the digitisation of collections)
  • purchase of capital infrastructure and equipment
  • partnerships, capacity building and sustainability.

How much funding is available?

There is no upper limit to the amount of funding you may request.

However, to be competitive, you must provide a level of detail in your written application, support material and budget appropriate to the level of your funding request (see assessment criteria below).

This expectation will vary according to the following levels of your funding request:

  • applying for less than $20,000
  • applying for at least $20,000 but less than $140,000
  • applying for $140,000 or more.

You may not request funding for the total cost of your project. You must include an independent financial contribution (cash and/or in kind) from other sources.

 

MUSICNSW

ARTIST SUPPORT GRANT

The MusicNSW Artist Support Grant is a new pilot grant in place of the Opportunity Development Grant. It’s designed to give support to and develop emerging NSW artists and industry through a wider range of opportunities.

You can apply for funding of up to $5,000 to access opportunities for projects such as (but not limited to):

  • Festival performances
  • Showcase opportunities (e.g. BIGSOUND or EMC)
  • NSW, National & International tours
  • Album or EP recording in NSW
  • Album or EP release PR & marketing
  • Composition development

The objectives of this grant are to:

  • Support emerging musicians in NSW
  • Support the creation of new contemporary music by NSW artists
  • Support the presentation of contemporary music in NSW
  • Support the presentation of NSW artists outside of NSW (including internationally)
  • Increase sustainability in the NSW music industry

Closing dates and timeframe:

Applications close June 17th. Recipients announced mid-August.

ArtsNT

PRESENTATION OR PROMOTION GRANT

Presentation and promotion grants offer support for projects which present, exhibit, distribute or promote and profile Northern Territory (NT) arts practice locally, nationally or internationally.

The grants are part of the Northern Territory Arts Grants Program and support all of the following:

  • profile NT arts and culture
  • increase showcasing and promotion opportunities for NT artists
  • employ NT artists and arts workers.

What you can apply for

You can apply for up to $20,000 per applicant.

Examples of activities that may be funded are:

  • exhibition, performance and/or production including re-mount or re-development
  • touring, festival showcasing
  • publication, recording and/or printing
  • marketing and audience development initiatives.

Who can apply

You can apply for this grant if you, your group or organisation meet the general NT Arts Grants Program requirements.

When you can apply

There are two funding rounds each year.

Round 2 opens 1 February 2019 and closes 11 March 2019 for projects commencing 1 July 2019.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT

The Professional Development Fund grants offer support for professional artists and arts workers in the Northern Territory (NT) to access development opportunities.

The grants are part of the NT Arts Grants Program and support all of the following:

  • profile NT arts and culture
  • increase skills, knowledge and capacity of NT artists and arts workers
  • contribute to NT arts sector development

What you can apply for

You can apply for up to $2,000 per financial year per applicant.

Examples of activities that may be funded are:

  • participation in specialist workshops and training
  • participation in arts industry forums, national markets and showcasing events

Support for attending awards, ceremonies, exhibitions and competitions is not a priority.

Who can apply

You can apply for this grant if you, your group or your organisation meet the general NT Arts Grants Program requirements.

At least 50 per cent of the total budget for the activity must come from sources other than Arts NT. This may include in-kind support.

If your application involves international travel or employees of arts organisations which receive $100,000 or more in funding per year, you should discuss your application with the Senior Arts Broker before applying.

When to apply

You can apply for a Professional Development Fund grant all year round.

QUICK RESPONSE SCHEME

Quick Response Scheme grants offer support for artists and arts workers to access arts and cultural opportunities on short notice.

The Quick Response Scheme grants are part of the NT Arts Grants Program and support all of the following:

  • profile NT arts and culture
  • increase community access and participation in arts and culture
  • employ NT artists and arts workers

What you can apply for

You can apply for up to $1,000 per financial year per applicant.

Examples of activities that may be funded are:

  • travel support for showcasing opportunities in the NT and interstate on short notice
  • activities or projects from first time applicants

Who can apply

You can apply for this grant if you, your group or your organisation meet the general requirements of the NT Arts Grants program.

At least 50 per cent of the total budget for the activity must come from sources other than Arts NT. This may include in-kind support.

If your application involves international travel or employees of arts organisations which receive $100,000 or more in funding per year, you should discuss your application with the Senior Arts Broker before applying.

When to apply

You can apply for a Quick Response Scheme grant all year round.

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.

Also for organisations:

  • Billy Thorpe Scholarship – $10,000 prize for Queensland based contemporary bands or solo artists. Applications are currently closed.
  • Backing Indigenous Arts – Bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures of Queensland to the world.

Individuals Fund

The Individuals Fund is for individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities.

Objectives

  • Propel careers to the next level of professionalism
  • Reward and recognise outstanding individual artists and cultural workers
  • Fast track development of talent and leadership
  • Develop new markets and new audiences for new work
  • Offer significant and inspirational opportunities for professional development and to expand industry networks.

Funding available

Up to $10,000 per application.2019 opening and closing dates

Opens 10 June 2019 and closes at 4pm on 16 August 2019, for activities starting after 8 November 2019.

Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship

The prestigious $25,000 Grant McLennan Fellowship offers the recipient/s an opportunity to travel to New YorkLondon or Berlin for up to six months and use the experience of being immersed in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to further develop their own artistic skills.

The Fellowship is for a contemporary music songwriter or songwriting duo with both experience and exceptional talent. The artist/artists will have more than five years of professional experience and will have developed a national profile through album releases, touring and media recognition.

The Grant McLennan Fellowship is delivered through a partnership with Arts Queensland, APRA AMCOS (The Australasian Performing Right Association – Australasian Mechanical Copyright-Owners Society) and QMusic.

Key Dates:
Applications Open: 18 July 2019
Applications Close: 23 September 2019
Winner Announced: December 2019

 

Music Development Office

Funding for Contemporary Music in South Australia is facilitated by the Music Development Office, and delivered through the Dept for Industry & Skills.

Full details in the HANDBOOK.

Funding is made available to:

  • Strengthen the South Australian contemporary music sector through long-term strategies that build on its national and international reputation and that are acknowledged with pride at home.
  • Support emerging professional and professional South Australia-based artists to create quality original music and live performance opportunities locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Assist in the development and sustainability of South Australia-based, nationally focused music businesses that support local artist career development.

The Contemporary Music Grant program is divided into two areas of focus: Artist Development and Industry Development:

  • Artist Development Grants provide funding for artist and audience development and the creation of original South Australian music.
  • Industry Development Grants aim to support local music businesses to establish and strengthen sustainable partnerships and collaborative projects that support and develop the careers of professional musicians and contribute to a buoyant SA music sector.

If you are interested in applying for a new grant through the Contemporary Music Grant Program, in the first instance please read the FAQs for the program, then download the essential HANDBOOK for the round.

NEXT ROUND 2019:

Categories: Recording, Touring, Marketing, Skills & Development, Festivals & Events, Strategic Partnerships

Round opens: Monday 8 July 2019
Application deadline: Monday 12 August 2019
Projects can start from: 01 October 2019

Contact:
Elizabeth Reid, Program Officer, Music Development Office: 08 7320 3307, elizabeth.reid@sa.gov.au. 

Arts Tasmania

Arts Tasmania offers a range of grant programs for professional artists, arts businesses and arts organisations. We also offer programs to support small museums and collections to manage movable cultural heritage.

For more information on how to apply, visit information for applicants.

You can discuss your project with a member of Arts Tasmania’s grants team before you submit an application. Contact the grants team on 03 6165 6666 or grants@arts.tas.gov.au

ARTSBRIDGE

This program supports:

  • individuals and groups to undertake interstate or overseas opportunities
    and
  • individuals, groups and organisations to bring national and international arts professionals to Tasmania to conduct creative and/or professional development opportunities.

If you are seeking funding towards a national or international opportunity, you can apply for:

  • up to $3 000 per person
  • up to $10 000 for a group of four people or more.

If you are seeking funding towards bringing one or more practitioners to Tasmania, you can apply for:

  • up to $1 000 towards bringing practitioners from interstate
  • up to $3 000 towards bringing practitioners from overseas.

July round

Opens: 20 May 2019
Closes: 1 July 2019

SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

This program supports individuals and groups to undertake projects that enable them to further their careers, enrich their artistic practice and contribute to Tasmania’s arts sector.

There are no limits or caps in place for this program.

Opens: 20 May 2019
Closes: 1 July 2019

THE ARTS TASMANIA CLAUDIO ALCORSO INTERNATIONAL RESIDENCY

This program supports individual artists working in any artform to undertake self-directed residencies and professional development opportunities overseas.

It is offered in partnership with the Alcorso Foundation.

Applications relating to projects that that focus on quality international creative and cultural exchange which will add value to the social and cultural fabric of Tasmania’s community are encouraged.

This program provides funding for a variety of international opportunities which may include masterclasses, workshops, internships, mentorships and other significant opportunities for professional development.

You may submit up to two applications per round.

  • $3 500 for projects of less than four weeks
  • $7 000 for projects of four weeks or more

Applications are currently closed

Creative Victoria

MUSIC WORKS MAJOR FUNDING

The Music Works Grants program invests in the development and support of Victoria’s contemporary music artists and music industries. It provides support for projects and programs that will develop and bring dynamism to Victoria’s contemporary music sector, increase employment and build cultural capital. The program is open to new ideas, new modes of practice and new approaches to the delivery of contemporary music that will build on Victoria’s position as a world famous live music capital and Australia’s contemporary music hub.

Download the Music Works – Major Round program guidelines

Funding available

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

Key Dates:

Submissions are currently closed

QUICK RESPONSE GRANTS

Music Works Quick Response Grants provide support to individuals, groups and organisations to cover immediate opportunities in Regional Activity, Building Capacity (Professional Development) and Connecting to Markets areas of funding.

Download the Music Works – Quick Response program guidelines (DOC, 207.5 KB).

Funding available

  • $1,000 – $5,000 for individuals
  • $1,000 – $15,000 for groups/organisations

Key dates:

Applications for funding are made using the Creative Victoria Grants Portal

For activity commencing from 3 October 2019:
Round Opens: 8 August 2019
Round Closes: 5pm, 5 September 2019

For activity commencing from 9 January 2020:
Round Opens: 14 November 2019
Round Closes: 5pm, 12 December 2019

Please note:  It takes approximately 3 weeks from the closing date until funding results are available.

MUSIC PASSPORT

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: 27 June 2019 OR once the 2018/19 funding allocation is exhausted.

Victorian Music Development Office

FAST TRACK FELLOWSHIP

Open to Victorian music artist managers and independent labels, the Fast Track Fellowship facilitates international professional development, relocates selected participants overseas and immerses them within music companies over a two month period.

The Fast Track Fellowship program includes return flights, visas and insurance as well as financial support for accommodation, on ground logistics, per diems and registration fees for professional industry events.

Applications are currently closed.

Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) 

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FUND GRANT PROGRAM

The Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program will assist homegrown contemporary music artists with projects that enable them to produce and promote their work, building links nationally and internationally.

The program provides funding support to the WA contemporary music sector across a range of activities.

The program offers grants in two categories:

  • U-15k for applications up to $15,000
  • 15k-plus for applications $15,000 to $60,000

Objectives

  • Capitalise on available opportunities for the contemporary music sector
  • Contribute to the development of markets for WA music locally, nationally and internationally
  • Ensure a strong representation of musicians and music professionals from Aboriginal, regional, and cultural and gender diverse backgrounds.

Apply for a grant

Check the Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program Guide (PDF, 388Kb) for information on categories, who can apply, how to apply, when to apply and eligible activities.

The Key Dates Calendar (PDF, 148Kb) has application open, draft review, closing and activity start dates.

If you are applying for the U-15k category, use the U-15k Business Day Calculator (.xlsx) to work out the final eligible day you can submit your application.

Register or Login to Online Grants to apply online.

Refer to the Application Manual (PDF, 424Kb) for further instructions on completing your application.

Contact a Grants Officer if you need assistance.

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