GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA

GRANT AMOUNT

The grant awarded to each Grant Recipient will be an amount no greater than 40% of the total costs of the Export Activity, as described in their application, up to a maximum of AUD$15,000 for each application.

SAES TIMELINE:

ROUND 1

    • Applications open Monday 9th August 2021.
    • Applications close Friday 3rd September 2021, 5:00pm AEST
    • Applicants notified on Monday 27th September 2021

ROUND 2 – 2022

    • Applications open Monday 10th January 2022
    • Applications close Friday 4th February 2022, 5:00pm AEDT
    • Applicants notified on Monday 28th February 2022

ROUND 3

    • Applications open Monday 13th June 2022
    • Applications close Friday 8th July 2022, 5:00pm AEST
    • Applicants notified on Monday 1st August 2022

ELIGIBILITY:

You can apply for ROUND 1 SAES funding if:

  1. You are an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident; and
  2. You are a practicing music professional; and
  3. Your application is for confirmed international activity that has not yet occurred, and which relates to your practice as a music professional (Export Activity).

International activity includes travelling outside Australia or your home base to undertake confirmed export outside Australia, for example: Australia to USA or UK, USA to UK, or USA to UK or Europe

You are ineligible to receive SAES funding if your activity contravenes advice from the Federal Government in relation to public health orders.

Applications are open to individuals and groups. Musical acts composed of multiple members will be assessed and (where successful) awarded as a single entity.

Individuals and groups could be made up of the following: a solo artist, a band, DJ, producer, song writer, technical crew, management company, label or publisher that are working to export Australian talent.

 WHAT THE GRANT FUNDING CAN BE USED FOR

    • Visas (petition application and associated legal fees)
    • International Flights, Freight and Carnets
    • Pre-Tour Rehearsals (venue, wages, backline)
    • Artist Managers to travel with their acts overseas
    • Hotel Quarantine
    • Insurance and other COVID increased premiums

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:

All applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

    • The judges view of the relative strength of the Applicant’s existing international profile.
    • The judges view as to the significance of the artistic and commercial impact of the Export Activity.
    • The importance in the global trajectory of the Applicant to be physically in market to undertake the Export Activity.
    • The judges view as to the effectiveness of the Applicant’s online presence and engagement
    • The demonstration of a realistic and achievable planning and export strategy, including a complete budget that exhibits sound financial management, accurately outlining expected revenue and expenses associated with the Export Activity.
    • The confirmed involvement of existing, reputable international partners in the Export Activity.

ASSESSMENT OF GRANT APPLICATIONS

Stage 1: All eligible applications will be initially assessed by Sounds Australia against the assessment criteria, to determine the applicants that progress to stage 2 for consideration by the independent judging panel.

Stage 2: Each application before the judging panel is assessed on its merits against the assessment criteria, to determine the applicants to be offered a grant.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply for a Round 1 grant you must:

    • Lodge the online application on Award Force by 5:00pm, 3rd September 2021
    • Provide all the information requested
    • Address all eligibility criteria and assessment criteria
    • Include all necessary attachments

By applying, you will be agreeing to the Program Terms and Conditions which you can read  here.

To see a sample application form, click HERE. If you have any questions during the application period please contact Esti Zilber – [email protected].

SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATIONS

Where possible, SAES Grant Recipients must acknowledge support from the Australian Government and the Australia Council for the Arts for receipt of the grant.

Funding will be paid within 7 days to Grant Recipients following receipt by Sounds Australia of a signed letter of offer.

SAES recipients must submit acquittal reports in-line with the grant agreement. Sounds Australia will provide templates for these reports that will include:

    • Progress against agreed milestones and outcomes
    • Expenditure of the grant

To receive a grant, Grant Recipients will need to agree to the Grant Requirements, which are listed at clause 12 of the Program Terms and Conditions here.

UNSUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS

Requests for feedback can be made directly to Esti Zilber [email protected] within 30 days of being notified.

 

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