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!
SUPPORT ACT SA PROGRAM
A range of mental health support services and wellbeing programs for those working in the SA music industry are now available, thanks to a $250,000 grant provided by the South Australian Government as part of the See it LIVE music package.
The industry-specific prevention, education and training programs include On My Mind panel discussions, Mental Health First Aid training, First Nations mental health and wellbeing workshops, Workplace Wellbeing Check-Ins, financial wellbeing workshops, sexual health and safety training, and much more.
AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FELLOWSHIPS
Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ and arts workers’ activity and professional development for a period of up to two years.
From 2022-2024 the Australia Council is offering a Fellowship in the field of Arts and Disability to support established, outstanding d/Deaf artists and arts workers, and artists or arts workers with disability.
There are nine Fellowships offered in the areas of: Arts and Disability; Community Arts and Cultural Development; Dance; Emerging and Experimental Arts; First Nations; Literature; Music; Theatre; Visual Arts.
Applications close 6 September 2022.
APRA AMCOS GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD
The American Australian Association, in partnership with APRA AMCOS, offers the Global Professional Development Award of US$10,000 to one emerging or mid-career Australian artist, songwriter, or producer to undertake career development in the United States. Career development includes, but is not limited to, recording/producing an album, writing and collaboration sessions, and travel costs associated with career development. This award is only open to APRA AMCOS members.
Applications close 30 September 2022.
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.
SEE IT LIVE VOUCHERS
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 at 12 noon on Wednesday 31 August, for activity until 31 October 2022.
A wide range of businesses looking to host live music acts—including pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes—may be eligible for this support.
HELPMANN ACADEMY FELLOWSHIPS
Applications are now open for the Helpmann Academy Creative Investment Fellowships.
With many emerging artists still feeling the impact of the pandemic, the fellowships are designed to assist artists with larger projects and significant professional development programs.
Valued at up to $10,000, a Creative Investment Fellowship will fund opportunities of significance, unique to the applicant, that will develop their artistic practice in meaningful and vital ways, empowering them to take the next step in their career development.
Applications close Sunday 18 September 2022.
NEEDLE IN THE HAY
Needle in the Hay is an annual competition and event run by Happy Mag which champions and empowers emerging Australian and New Zealand bands and musicians at a time they need it most in their careers.
With a prize pool of over $30,000 including vinyl pressing, high quality recording gear, and plug-in packages, the competition has been carefully curated to give artists the shot in the arm their projects need.
Entries close Friday 28 October 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.
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.
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).