Each month Music SA collates a round-up of the opportunities and grants available for local artists. From scholarships to business grants and tour funding, have a browse below and find the right opportunity for you!
COA ARTS & CULTURAL GRANTS
Adelaide is a city designed for life. As a UNESCO City of Music, Adelaide has an international reputation for its dynamic city culture with year-round cultural festivals, street performances, public art, live music, and cultural programs. Artists, musicians, and artisans are an essential part of city life enabling healthy, diverse and prosperous communities through their work.
Arts & Cultural Grants and Cultural Strategic Partnerships support eligible individuals and organisations to deliver creative arts and cultural projects that enable Adelaide’s vision for a Creative City and contribute to the delivery of City of Adelaide’s Strategic Plan.
The Arts & Cultural Grants and Cultural Strategic Partnerships are funded across five priority areas in line with the City of Adelaide Cultural Strategy:
- Cultural Identity
- Cultural Economy
- Connected Cultural Community
- Cultural Incubation
- Cultural Experiences
CITY OF PROSPECT COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND
City of Prospect, through its Community Grants Program, provides the opportunity for locally based community groups to receive funding to support their activities/programs that benefit the Prospect community in the following areas:
- Small Equipment Purchase – $1,000
Contributing to the purchase of equipment to support an organisation’s activities.
- Community Development Program – $2,000
Supporting new projects and activities involving and developing the local community.
- Facilities Improvement – $2000
Contributing to the maintenance and improvement of local community facilities. Prior approval must be sought from Council for any improvement to Council owned property.
- Small Community Event – $2,000
Supporting events, held in City of Prospect, with broad appeal to both the local and wider community.
- Environmental Grants – $2,000
Supporting community projects that focus on addressing our City’s impact on the environment in the areas of waste management, water usage, energy efficiency, transport and biodiversity. Innovative ideas and positive environmental projects that respond to the impacts of climate change, and benefit the local environment and our community will be highly regarded.
Significant projects that are being undertaken in partnership with other community organisations may be eligible to apply for up to $5,000 of funding in any of the above categories.
ADELAIDE FRINGE ARTIST FUND
Looking for a grant to help present at Adelaide Fringe 2023? Read on!
The Adelaide Fringe Artist Fund raises funds and redistributes donations received into the Fringe Foundation to artists, venues and producers participating in the festival. Adelaide Fringe encourage bold ideas to take shape, to elevate diverse voices, and support all forms of expression which enrich our festival offerings.
This funding round is to support artists, South Australian producers and South Australian venue operators to present work in Adelaide Fringe 2023.
Emerging South Australian artists and producers (first five years of practice) and world premiere work will be prioritised.
Applications close 17 August 2022.
GREEN MUSIC GREEN ARTIST GUIDE
Green Music have created a wonderful resource, Sound Country – a green guide for artists making change.
Musicians have a platform and a voice, so we’ve got a role to play in both doing what’s right and in speaking up about it. With power comes responsibility, as they say. Green Music want to help you use your cultural power well.
That’s what Sound Country is about: for thousands of generations, the music of this continent was connected to Country, in spirit and action. We’re here to support musicians to reconnect, realign and reinspire that ancient and still-breathing purpose.
THE MUSIC WRITER’S LAB
The Music Writer’s Lab is an initiative to amplify the development of a new generation of music critics. It seeks to facilitate critical discussion of music culture, and explore new distribution partnerships. It also exists to celebrate established critics and create a deep appreciation for Australian writing and music.
The program is designed to support and develop the critical perspectives of people of marginalised voices, including women, non-binary people, and all gender identities from across Australia.
In its pilot year, The Music Writer’s Lab will debut at BIGSOUND 2022.
A selected group of emerging writers participate in a mentor program, where they will connect and work with three established Australian music journalists and industry figures.
Across these mentoring sessions, the mentees will learn key skills and develop unique content while engaging in discussions surrounding relevant and poignant topics through an accompanying presentation series.
MDO PROJECT SUPPORT GRANTS
The MDO Project Support Grants (PSGs) supports local musicians and music businesses with creative and business development projects. The PSGs offer two streams of funding to support musicians to continue their creative development and to help sustain music businesses in the South Australian contemporary music sector.
You may apply for ONE of these funding streams per round, with eligible activity for this round being from 1 October 2022 until 30 September 2023.
Stream A: Creative Development. Grants of up to $15,000 to support recording and performing artists, songwriters, producers and artist managers (on behalf of their artists) in the creation and/or release of new original music composition or content.
Stream B: Business Development. Grants of up to $15,000 to support recording studios, promoters, record labels, booking agents, live music venues, artist managers, self-managed artists and other music entrepreneurs, businesses or organisations with their efforts to facilitate the creation, presentation, production or delivery of original music.
Applications close Monday 22 August 2022.
CONTEMPORARY MUSIC TOURING PROGRAM
The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.
The tour must comprise of performances in at least three venues or locations outside of the performer’s hometown. Tours that include regional and remote destinations, or which assist performers residing in regional and remote areas to tour, are a priority for funding.
Grants are available from $5,000 to $50,000, depending on the number of tour venues or locations in regional or remote areas.
WOMEN IN MUSIC MENTOR PROGAM
The AIR Women in Music Mentor program is a four-year nation-wide mentoring and training program aimed at empowering women in the Australian music industry. The program will run once a year from 2020 to 2023 and is designed to enable women to navigate their career and leadership pathways, develop professional decision making, governance, commercial and corporate engagement skills.
With a focus on developing skills in contract negotiation, financial literacy, marketing and leadership, the program will pair mentees with mentors based on the goals the mentee wishes to achieve. Mentors commit to conducting meetings with their mentees and providing mentees with guidance and practical advice over the duration of the program to help them take their careers to the next level.
In addition to the mentorship, the Women in Music Mentor program will deliver professional development training opportunities, for mentors and mentees. This will include workshops with industry professionals and leaders.
Applications close Wednesday 10 August 2022.
COA FREE MUSIC REHEARSAL SPACE
The beautiful Meeting Hall at the iconic Adelaide Town Hall is available for emerging bands to hold free rehearsals between 9am – 8:30pm on weekdays (Monday-Thursday), subject to availability.
Read the program guidelines to find out more: Adelaide Town Hall music rehearsal space guidelines.
COA CHRISTMAS INCENTIVE SCHEME GRANTS
Calling all event producers, musicians and street performers!
The City of Adelaide is bringing music and vibrancy to the streets of the City and North Adelaide from 14 November to 25 December 2022, during the 2022 Christmas Festival.
Grants are available for Events, Attractions and Markets or Live Music and Street Performances.
Live Music and Street Performances
The City of Adelaide is looking to fund opportunities for high quality musicians and artists to enliven the City streets during the Christmas Festival 2022 with festive and uplifting performances.
Individual applications up to $1,000 will be accepted for a single musician/band (can be more than one performance and more than one location). Applications up to $3,000 will be accepted to deliver a series of performances.
HIGH SCORE CONFERENCE
High Score: Composition and Sound Art for Games is back in 2022! The hybrid in-person and livestreamed conference will be filled with keynotes, panels, feedback sessions and more across 1-2 October as part of Melbourne International Games Week.
High Score explores the important role that music and audio play in game design and experience. Anyone who would like to learn more about game audio and composition is welcome. All skill levels welcome.
You’ll learn from and connect with influential music and audio creators, developers and music and games industry pros, including:
- Three-time BAFTA award winning composer, sound designer and audio director Jeff van Dyck (EA’s FIFA and NHL, the Total War franchise, Paint the Town Red, Hand of Fate II and Unpacking). In a keynote conversation, he’ll speak about crafting a signature aesthetic.
- Top audio and sound designers Neha Patel (Mini Makers), Rich Vreeland aka Disasterpeace (Fez, Mini Metro, Hyperlight Drifter) and Anne-Marie Weber (Thirsty Suitors).