Each month MusicSA 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!
SEE IT LIVE
The See it LIVE Events Grants and Venue Improvement Grants are now fully subscribed. However, the Government of South Australia have announced that a second opportunity to register for a $400 e-voucher is now available for eligible business to host live music performances in their venues.
Get in quick! See it LIVE e-voucher registrations are now open and close on Sunday 16 April, for activity between 1 December 2022 and 16 April 2023.
A wide range of businesses looking to host live music acts—including pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes—may be eligible for this support.
APRA AMCOS ART MUSIC FUND
Australian and New Zealand art music composers are invited to apply for a $7,500 (AUD) Art Music Fund grant to help them bring exciting new works to life. Eleven grants will be allocated to nine Australian and two New Zealand composers, respectively.
The Art Music Fund, now in its eighth funding round, is an initiative of APRA AMCOS, in partnership with the Australian Music Centre and SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music.
The funding, which increases this year from $5,000 per recipient to $7,500, is available for the creation of commissioned work that is innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field. The intention is to support composers to create works with a long artistic and performance life – whether it is presented in a concert hall, via live stream, filmed, as a recording, installation or other formats.
Applications close 16 February 2023 at 5:00pm (AEDT).
HELPMANN ACADEMY HEADSHOT DAY
Back by popular demand, Helpmann Academy is offering a second Studio Headshot day session for 2022! If you’re an emerging artist requiring a professional headshot, then book now. Places are limited!
It is essential to have current, high-quality headshots for all artists, especially when you’re starting out. It is a vital part of establishing your arts practice, but when you’re focused on creating, it can be overlooked.
Studio Headshot Day will provide you with a selection of professional headshots which are yours to use on your website, resume, biography, auditions, programs, social media and more.
Takes place on Wednesday 7 December 2022 at Michael Haines Photography studio, Norwood.
CITY OF CHARLES STURT BUSINESS GRANTS
Two funding streams are available under the #shoplocal program to encourage growth and innovation opportunities for local businesses.
Customer Experience Initiatives support local businesses to host creative and innovative customer experiences, such as events and workshops, that attract customers into their business. Individual businesses are eligible for up to a maximum of $2,000 (plus GST) to cover materials, guest speakers and performer fees, event coordinator fees and marketing and promotion of the funded activity.
Façade to Street Activations supports local businesses by providing match funding to make changes or improvements to their building façade or implementing temporary or permanent footpath activations that serve to attract new and existing customers into their business.
This grant supports local businesses by providing match funding to make changes or improvements to their building façade or implementing temporary or permanent footpath activations that serve to attract new and existing customers into their business and add to the character of an area.
FRINGE FOR KIDS
Fringe for Kids is the newest cabaret coming to Adelaide Fringe 2023 and showcasing the best acts FOR or BY kids. Wildhouse Circus is casting for the best performers across multiple artforms, including circus, dance, music, magic and comedy.
Wildhouse Circus have taken on this project with artists in mind, hoping to curate a show that is both worthwhile for artists to perform in, financially as a paid spot as well for potential networking, filming or other benefits, while also being an enjoyable backstage and onstage experience.
Expressions of interest are now open for the 18 Feb – 19 Mar 2023 season.
VANDA & YOUNG SONGWRITING COMPETITION
Calling ALL songwriters! Songwriters worldwide are invited to enter the 2022 Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition to go into the running for a career-changing $50,000 first place cash prize, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and Sony Music Publishing. The competition welcomes entries of all genres from songwriters at any stage in their career.
Runner-up prizes on offer: second place $10k, thanks to Banki Haddock Fiora, $5k third place courtesy of Aon, the $5k AMPAL Emerging Songwriter Prize courtesy of AMPAL, and the brand new American Songwriter Spotlight Award of $1.5k going to a songwriter based outside of Australia and New Zealand. Your full $50 entry fee supports the music therapy programs at Noro.
Entries close 31 January 2023.
ARTS AND CULTURE GRANTS
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Grants – Projects. This grant supports the creative development, production and presentation of new work. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individual artists and arts and cultural workers, groups and arts and cultural organisations can apply for projects across all art forms.
Read the Arts and Culture Grants Program General Guidelines before you apply to help you with your application.
Applications open 21 December 2022 and close 6 February 2023.
VMDO WEB3 FUNDAMENTALS COURSE
MUS3 Web3 Fundamentals is an introductory course to learn the basics of blockchain and Web3 in the context of the music industry. Although the course was specifically designed in response to the needs of the Victorian music community, the VMDO are delighted to be providing access to the short MUS3 online course to anyone who is interested.
Blockchain is unlocking new possibilities that may redefine the future of music. It involves shifting power to creators, improving efficiency, and increasing engagement with fans and stakeholders.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
In 2023, The Unconformity will provide opportunities for four Australian-based artists to conduct residencies in Queenstown, Western lutruwita/Tasmania. This paid opportunity is open to artists from any level of professional practice and practising in any art form.
The Unconformity Artist in Residence Program is designed to support artists to spend dedicated time away from their usual environment to research, develop relationships and focus on their artwork or practice, with no expectation on a resolved outcome. Each residency will take place for up to 2.5 weeks in 2023.
Artists will be provided with:
- $2500 artist fee
- $500 contribution towards materials
- Self-contained accommodation
- Per diems
- Contribution towards travel expenses (e.g. fuel, fares, vehicle hire, etc.)
Applications close Friday 23 December 2022, 12pm AEDT.
LIVE AND LOCAL GRANTS
The City of Charles Sturt Live and Local grants support local musicians, live music venues and small businesses to host live music experiences across the City.
Funding of up to $2,000 (plus GST) is available per applicant for solo, duo or trio performers, and up to $4,000 (plus GST) per applicant for bands comprising of 4 musicians or more.
Expressions of Interest for this program will be open on an ongoing basis until 1 June 2023 or until funding is exhausted.
FEE FREE TAFE SA COURSES
Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill.
Get the practical skills and technical expertise you need to build a successful career working behind the scenes in live performance, theatre, major events, and the entertainment industries. For every performance or event there is a skilled technical team making it happen behind the scenes. Choose to study stage management, audio production, lighting design, staging and vision, set design, technical drafting, set props, or scenic art.
You’ll collaborate with performing artists on acting, dance, and live music performances. Build your hands-on experience in work placements to extend your skills and develop those valuable industry networks.
Find out how you can study technical production under the Fee Free TAFE scheme below.