What we fund through Music Grants

We don’t use our music grants to fund individual songwriters or composers. Instead, we take a holistic approach to ensure we can support the greatest number of members and our community in general.

Music Grants are generally awarded within the following categories:

Industry and Community Partnerships  To sustain and support our music industry
  • Key organisations
  • Small festivals
  • Major music organisation special projects
 Skills Development To provide professional development opportunities to songwriters and composers of all genres and skill levels
  • Mentoring projects
  • Songwriting workshops and panels
 Education To grow the next generation of music makers
  • Projects in schools and recognised tertiary institutions
 Recognition To build confidence and creativity
  • Awards
  • Special events
 Special Projects To encourage the creation of new songs, compositions and events
  • Requests to support new work creation
  • Other unique and one-off projects
 Market Development To support the music community so it can develop skills, opportunities and business capacity for music creators
  • Showcases
  • Key events
 Core Funding To invest in key music organisations that support our members and their industry
  • Peak music organisations (excluding special projects)
  • Peak songwriting associations
  • By agreement with APRA AMCOS only

Note that although the funding is intended to apply to projects or organisations seeking grants, consideration will be given to those projects for which underwriting finance is sought.

What we don't fund

  • Recording projects
    As an organisation focused on the creation of music, we prefer to invest in projects that emphasise the songwriting or composition process of a song, rather than the recording aspect.
  • Commissioning of new works
    Funding for the composition of commissioned works available through the Art Music Fund.
  • Projects focused on opera, musical theatre or ballet
    As we do not assign rights for these performance types, we do not fund them through the Music Grants program.
  • Competitions or music sharing/download sites without legal terms and conditions
    To ensure that our members’ rights and interests are protected and not infringed, we insist that terms and conditions are provided for projects featuring competitions. These will undergo a review by our legal team to ensure they do not contradict our assignment of rights.

    We also need to ensure that any music sharing/ download websites comply with licensing obligations, and do not detract from the rights of music creators or users.

If you have questions about whether your project is eligible for funding, please contact us: grants@apra.com.au

Cover photo of Bush Bands Business by Amy Hetherington for MusicNT

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