It can be challenging for musicians to make money doing what they love. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to diversify your revenue streams as a musician.
One way to fund your music projects is through grants. Music grants in Australia are helping creators of every age and experience level get their projects funded.
What are music grants?
Grants are financial gifts often given away by governments, educational institutions, and foundations. Grant funding for musicians based in Australia is widely available, but applicants usually have to follow a strict set of criteria to qualify for the grants.
Tips for applying for music grants in Australia
Before you start applying to every music grant on the continent, there are a few things you should think about. First off, applying to every grant you can find using the same pitch won’t work. Every grant is unique, and designed to serve a different purpose.
Once you’re ready to apply for funding, you’ll need to think long and hard about your music. What makes it special? What purpose do you think your work serves? What challenges do you face making music? Thoughtful answers to questions like these are essential in getting a grant.
Music grants available in Australia
The following is a list of some of the music grants available throughout Australia. This is by no means a complete list. Australian-based entities who give away music grants are always expanding, but this is a good place to start if you’re looking for new ways to fund your music.
Be sure to also check out Arts Hub, which has a comprehensive list of music grant opportunities across Australia.
Australia Council For The Arts
Funding aimed at developing the careers of individual artists as well as groups.
This grant is designed to help fund individuals and groups to conduct activities that benefit the public domestically and internationally.
A fellowship program aimed at supporting an established artist’s creative efforts for up to two years.
Grant funding aimed at helping Australian musicians perform in front of regional and remote communities across Australia.
Australia’s Council For the Arts also has a helpful list of government-backed initiatives for things like artist residencies, mentorship, and development opportunities.
$1 million in grants aimed at supporting great Australian musicians. Grants from $10,000 to $100,000 can be used to cover costs of recording, travel, equipment, living expenses, research, and more.
This grant provides funding aimed at helping artists deliver engaging cultural experiences in Queensland.
A grant program that helps artists create and present work.
This programs supports artist development by funding the attendance of conferences, workshops, and residencies.
Country Arts SA
Grants to assist artists who aren’t able to apply for support from other sources.
Grants to support regional, remote, and very remote artists to create high quality arts projects.
Grants to support regional, remote, and very remote artists for small cultural projects.
Grants to help artists develop skills through workshops, or undertake projects that will enhance their arts practice.
If you have an idea for a project, you can pitch Country Arts SA to obtain funding for it.
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Up to $5,000 in funding available to musicians of all genres for immediate career opportunities.
This grant program offers up to $20,000 to invest in the development and support of Victoria musicians who create contemporary music.
MusicNSW offers several funding programs that are currently in development and will be opening soon.
This foundation supports artists by covering their travel, tuition, accommodation, and other costs.
Funding aimed at assisting artists from regional and remote Western Australia to cover costs for fees, travel, and more.
Offers between $15,000 and $60,000 in funding for artists to present a project in Western Australia.
Up to $1,500 in funding offered to artists for skills development and launching small-scale projects.
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