Performers' Trust Foundation
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);
- 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.