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Performers' Trust Foundation

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia

Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and are determined by the four trustees of the trust.

  • Two (including the Chairman) are appointed by the PPCA;

  • One is appointed by the Musicians’ Union of Australia;
  • One is appointed by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (formerly Actors’ Equity)

All applications for grants are reviewed by the trustees and must be for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Performances at concerts at or for charitable institutions such as hospitals or homes for the aged;

  • Scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education;
  • The promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public;
  • The aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income

A grant under the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation can be used for costs associated with the above, including:

  • Tuition fees;

  • Travel costs (hire, airfares, petrol);
  • Accommodation;
  • Venue hire/ PA hire
  • A grant cannot be used to cover wages, salaries, commissions etc.

Although the trust is discretionary, the trustees are guided by the ‘purposes’ articulated in the trust deed. As a result, it is not their usual practice to approve funding for any project of a commercial nature. This would include:

  • Investments in recordings (e.g., studio time, producers fees, session musician fees, manufacturing or distribution costs);

  • Concert or festival promotion or staging costs;
  • Tour support;
  • Artist management expenses; or
  • Equipment purchases

You should also note that the trustees are unlikely to approve applications seeking funding for the majority of costs related to a project, and look to applicants to contribute and/or explore additional funding sources.
For more information visit the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

I-Park Foundation Artist in Residence

I-Park Foundation

I-Park is now accepting applications for its 2019 artists-in-residence program. Forty-four fully funded residencies are available between May and December, and range in duration from two to four weeks.
The residencies are open to artists and designers working in visual arts, creative writing, music composition/sound art, moving image and architecture/landscape design.
Located within a 450-acre nature preserve in rural East Haddam, Connecticut (U.S.), I-Park provides residents with a quiet, retreat-type setting, private living quarters in a renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio, meals program, fully equipped workshop and modest library—as well as creative access to I-Park’s expansive grounds. Residencies are self-directed, undisturbed and non-judgmental. You decide what you’re working on and when.
For further information, contact Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Literature, Music, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Kennedy Centre

Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., which is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more!
All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World. All instruments, including voice, are accepted.
For more information visit the Kennedy Centre website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Disability, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Arts and Cultural Funding

Gunnedah Shire Council

Gunnedah Shire Council is one of the few Councils in NSW that provide funding to Arts and Cultural programs, projects and events. The aim of this funding is to assist in the continuation of existing local projects or to assist in funding new projects or initiatives that help to meet the needs of our growing community, while strengthening cultural identity and connection to place.
Gunnedah Shire Council aims to enhance local cultural opportunities and experiences and focuses on building the capacity of arts and cultural community organisations and groups to remain sustainable in the long term.
The arts and cultural project, program or event must align with the following general arts categories:

  • Acting;

  • Announcing;
  • Fine art and craft;
  • Directing;
  • Animation;
  • Dancing and choreography;
  • Entertainment and performance;
  • Music and singing;
  • Photography;
  • Production, and;
  • Writing.

This is a competitive annual funding opportunity. Projects can span up to 12 months. Successful applicants can apply for sub-sequential annual funding rounds. All applications are to be submitted using the funding template attached and submitted to Gunnedah Shire Council.
The applications will be assessed against criteria set by a panel aligning with the Eligibility and Key Project Deliverables stated in the below Arts and Cultural Funding Guidelines. Successful applicants will enter into a funding agreement with Gunnedah Shire Council. Organisations will be required to provide annual reporting specific to the terms of the Agreement.
For more information visit Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Scholarships for Regional Rockers

Girls Rock! Canberra

Live regionally but wanna ROCK?
Thanks to the collective generosity of the people behind Capital Giving, Girls Rock! Canberra is excited to offer three full scholarships for rural/regional participants to attend this year’s Girls Rock! Canberra camp. These scholarships cover the cost of fees to attend camp, seven nights accommodation in Canberra for the participant and an adult guardian, as well as a stipend to assist with travel costs.
The Girls Rock! Canberra rural and regional scholarship is available to girls, trans or non-binary young people living outside of the Canberra/Queanbeyan border. Indigenous, and culturally and linguistically diverse applicants are strongly encouraged.
More details about the program can be found here. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

The National Folk Fellowship

National Library of Australia

For folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, collector-performers.
The annual National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival. The National Library holds the most significant folklore and related collections in Australia. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for the recipient to discover and explore original collected material at the Library for use in their own artistic work. The outcome of this residency at the National Library will result in a performance at the 2018 National Folk Festival. Any recordings arising from the project will be acquired for the National Library’s Oral History and Folklore collection.
Fellows receive:

  • Special access to research facilities and collections

  • Access to the Library’s professional sound recording studios
  • $4000 for travel support, accommodation and project expenses for a residency at the Library of four weeks, or equivalent
  • $4000 to present performances of, and a presentation on the collected material at the 2016 National Folk Festival and a subsequent presentation on the Fellowship at the National Library.

For more information visit the National Library of Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Fellowships

National Library of Australia

The National Library offers three Fellowships to support practising writers and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections.
Applications for the 2018 Creative Fellowships closed on 28 July 2017 and will re-open in April 2018 for the 2019 Fellowships.
The Library provides creative artists with a unique and supportive environment in which to immerse themselves in the collections. The Fellowship enables artists to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to published sources, such as music, maps, rare books or ephemera, or original sources, such as pictures, manuscripts, oral histories and folklore recordings, in any way.

  • The Friends of the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship is open to creative practitioners and artists, working professionally in any art form, to create new artistic work that is inspired by or using particular collections. Artists may be working in such fields as music, dance, theatre, visual arts, emerging, hybrid and experimental art forms.
  • The National Folk Fellowship, offered in partnership with the National Folk Festival, supports folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, or collector-performers to develop a project based on the Library’s original folklore and related collections, with a performance at the following National Folk Festival.

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  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Opportunity Development Grants

Music NSW

Performing at an industry showcase this year such as Electronic Music Conference? Been asked to be a support band on a big Australian tour? MusicNSW is here to help! Apply for the Opportunity Development Grant and MusicNSW could be covering costs for your flights, accommodation and more!
Artists and artist managers are invited to apply for one off funding of up to $850 per member of the touring party, with a total limit of $5,500 per group.
The MusicNSW Opportunity Development Grants Program is funded by the NSW Government through CREATE NSW.
For more information visit the MusicNSW website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Sing Your Age

NSW Family and Community Services

The Australian National Choral Association has been engaged by the NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS) to deliver Sing Your Age, a project part of the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016 – 2020.
The Sing Your Age is a project, offering grants to support the creation of new singing groups for older people, or the inclusion of older people in existing singing groups throughout NSW.
The creative arts is a key contributor to healthy and active ageing. Participation in singing programs and choirs provide older people the opportunity to stay active and connect with their communities.
ANCA is inviting singing groups and community organisations to apply for funding, in one of the following categories:

  • Category 1 – $100 to $1,000 for expanding existing singing groups to include older people

  • Category 2 – $1001 to $7,000 for creating a new singing group or choir in one location
  • Category 3 – $7,000 to $15,000 for creating and/or expanding singing groups in multiple locations.

Please read the Sing Your Age Grant Guidelines for detailed information on eligibility, assessment criteria and terms and conditions.
Successful applicants will be required to submit a project plan, addressing key deliverables and performance milestones. ANCA will be available to offer support for grant recipients to fulfil their requirements throughout the duration of the project.
For more information visit the Australian National Choral Association website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Organisations

Indent Event Development Grants

Music NSW

MusicNSW is pleased to present our Indent Event Development Grants Program for events for 2018. With two levels of funding, the grants support teams of young people who are interested in staging their own all-ages, drug and alcohol-free music events. Indent event development grants are open to a group of at least five young people (aged 12-25) in partnership with a support organisation such as a local council or local youth service.
Level 1 Event Development Grants for grants up to $2500
If this is the first time you’re applying for an Indent grant, then this is the grant for you.
Level 2 Event Development Grants for grants up to $5000
If your Indent team has previously received an Indent Grant (Grassroots or Event Development) then this is the grant for you.
For more information visit the Music NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Generations Fellowship- NSW Music (Early Career)

Create NSW

Generations is a fellowship program in partnership with Create NSW, Powerhouse Museum and Astral People to support artist development across the music industry in NSW. Read more

  • Closing: 16 December 2019
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet & Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships

Australia Council for the Arts

Applications are now closed

Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 30 January 2020 AEDT for proposals starting after 1 July 2020.

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships were established by a Deed of Lady Mollie Askin to further culture and advance education in Australia by providing travelling scholarships for Australian citizens with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 January 2020
  • Categories: Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

The Marten Bequest

Australia Council for the Arts

Applications are now closed

Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 30 January 2020 AEDT (or earlier if application limit is met)

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2020
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Contemporary Music Touring Program

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas. Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for remote and very remote touring.

Closing Dates
The Australia Council offers two grant rounds each year for the Contemporary Music Touring Program.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals

2020 Art Music Fund


In recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed, APRA AMCOS has initiated the Art Music Fund.

A total pool of A$100,000 per annum is on offer to provide funding for  Australian and New Zealand composers to create commissioned work that is complemented by an exploitation program.

The Art Music Fund exists to commission new work that is innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field. These works must have committed partners to ensure the work is presented multiple times with the intention to create a long artistic life for the work and by extension, its composer.

This fund supports a wide range of music styles including: notated compositionelectroacoustic musicimprovised music (including innovative, original jazz); sound artinstallation soundmultimediaweb and film sound and music; and theatricaloperatic and choreographed music.

All applicants will be asked to explain how their arts practice aligns with the qualities identified in the Art Music Fund (innovationcompositional craft, and excellence), regardless of style.

It is expected that composers will collaborate with ensembles, orchestras, producers, recording companies, broadcasters, festivals and other parties to propose the writing of a work that will be guaranteed multiple exposures by way of performances, recordings, broadcasts or digital dissemination.

Full details are available at

Please note: The Art Music Fund is not intended to support popular and rock music, especially of commercial importance, nor folk and traditional music.

Key dates:
Applications are due at the close of 5:00PM 24 February 2020 (AEDT)
Successful applicants notified: End of April 2020 Read more

  • Closing: 24 February 2020
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

PPCA - Australia Council Partnership

Australia Council for the Arts

You may apply for any costs primarily associated with the creation of a sound recording, which may also involve costs associated with the promotion of that recording.

PPCA represents thousands of Australian recording artists when their music is used in public. In 2018 PPCA distributed $43.15 million to its registered artists and record labels. It is free for Australian artists to register with the PPCA.

Applications close: Monday 2 March 2020 at 11.59pm AEDT for projects starting after 1 June 2020.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2020
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

With One Voice Community Choir Seed Funding

Creativity Australia

Seed Funding Overview

To make it easier for communities to start their own choir, Creativity Australia is offering a limited number of seed funding grants of $10,000. Successful applicants will receive the $10,000 seed grant and join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to guide them through the process of building their own With One Voice choir.

Success is determined by our unique “Health of Choirs” indicators that measure member engagement and participation through our personalised program App. During the first six months one of our program staff will mentor the organizing committee to interpret the indicators and use them to focus their efforts to lay a strong foundation for the choir to succeed, be socially inclusive and build community wellbeing and inspirational outcomes for participants.

In addition (and separate to the initial $10k seed grant) individual communities may also apply for an allowance of up to $2,500 to support their conductor travelling to Melbourne to participate in the conductor training workshops to be held in early 2018.

Funding is not prioritized for any particular group or type of organisation, however, there is a set of criteria that applicants must meet. Please see the information pack that can be downloaded from the Creativity Australia website for more information

The organising committees of With One Voice Choirs must represent the community and applications will be assessed based on their diversity and/or plan to achieve diversity.

Guidelines: Click here Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2020
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

JP Partnership

APRA AMCOS, JP Partnership

The JP Partnership grant allows an unsigned Australian artist under 35 years of age to receive $7500, mentoring and business planning advice.

Entries for 2020 will open 12 February 2020 and close 31 Mar 2020

For more information visit Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artists Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims to support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence. Individual artists are the essential ‘building blocks’ of the sector, so the Trust’s grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential.

The Trust offers grants of up to $7,000 to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. International professional development opportunities allow emerging or early-career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from the world’s best. We believe these experiences are invaluable for the individual artists and for the ongoing development sector as a whole.

The Cultural Trust funds nationally, and across the Arts sector spanning traditional art forms right through to experimental mediums. We seek to support artists in a wide range of practice areas including:

  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • dance
  • music
  • literature
  • design
  • multimedia/moving image and,
  • conservation/moveable cultural heritage.

The Cultural Trust has three funding rounds a year. Applications can be submitted in any round.

  1. Nov-Jan
  2. March – May
  3. July – Sept

Please check The Ian Potter Cultural Trust website for specific dates as these vary from year to year. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous, Literature, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals