What kind of projects do we fund?

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.

Check out Tips of the Trade: Grant Applications for more insight into how to submit grant requests. 

During this financial year, we've supported our creators and members in the following categories: 

Industry and Community Partnerships - to sustain and support our music industry 

Recipients include:

  • Barunga Festival
  • Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
  • Electronic Music Conference
  • Melbourne Jazz Co-operative
  • Port Fairy Spring Music Festival
  • Queensland Music Festival
  • Wingham Akoostik Music Festival
Skills Development - to provide professional development opportunities to songwriters and composers of all genres and skill levels 

Recipients include:

  • 107 Projects 'Hack Sounds' workshops for emerging electronic musicians
  • Artology - funding the annual Fanfare competition for young composers
  • The Association of Artist Managers national mentor program - to help our self-managed members learn new skills
  • Funding the Australian Jazz Convention's Original Tunes competition
  • BackBone Youth Arts - funding the 'First Songwriters Club' for young people ages 10-18 years
  • Bankstown Youth Development Service hiphop workshops for youth and emerging artists
  • Beyond Empathy Limited funding for workshops, recording and a video clip for at risk youth
  • Black Arm Band Aboriginal Corporation - funding a new musical production with five female singer songwriters
  • Brisbane Powerhouse Livespar: Mix Tape
  • Burra Country Music Events songwriting workshops
  • Cairns Regional Council 'Close Contact' music development program
  • Country Music Association of Australia
  • Cygnet Folk Festival songwriting masterclasses
  • Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival workshop for secondard school aged songwriters
  • Ensemble Offspring 'Hatched Academy' mentorship for young female composers
  • Festival of Voices mentorship program
  • Funding FReeZA Push Start - competition for young musicians in Victoria
  • Girls Rock! Melbourne music program for female, trans or GNC youth
  • GRID artist development program
  • Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society 'Youth in Blues' project
  • Melbourne International Jazz Festival skills development workshops
  • Melbourne Recital Centre - funding two events
  • Moogahlin Performing Arts - developing a repertoire of new Indigenous music
  • MusicNSW - Women in Electronic Music Program
  • MusicSA - Professional Development sessions - funding the Best Song Award winner
  • Northern Rivers Screenworks mentoring program for screen composers
  • Port Fairy Folk Festival songwriting workshops
  • Push Songs songwriting program
  • Semaphore Music Festival songwriters
  • St Kilda Film Festival
  • Sugarrush Music 'Big Sky Girls' program
  • Talent Development Project
  • The Push - Face the Music funding
  • WA Youth Jazz Orchestra funding for new works
  • WAM - WAM festival and WA Music Conference funding
Education - to grow the next generation of music makers

Recipients include:

  • Australian Film TV and Radio School
  • Country Music Association of Australia
  • DAG Songwriters Retreat
  • Macquarie University
  • Mission Songs Project 
  • Musicians Making A Difference
  • Sirens Big Band
  • Southern Cross University
  • The Song Room
  • Turn Up Music Conference
Recognition - to build confidence and creativity

Our grants program supports recognition in the form of prizes and awards for Australian and New Zealand writers. Recipients include: 

  • AMIN - funding the development of a nation-wide survey of musicians
  • Funding to support the Australian Music Prize
  • Australian Society for Music Education
  • Funding the Bluesfest Busking Comp
  • Funding the Carol Lloyd Award for emerging female singer songwriters
  • Country Music Association of Australia's Golden Guitars
  • Funding Darebin Music Feast's Songwriters Award
  • Emily Burrows Award for the best songwriters in South Australia
  • Best Song award at FBi Radio’s SMAC Awards
  • Fine Music 102.5 Young Composer of the Year Award
  • Grant McLennan Scholarship
  • Illawarra Folk Festival funding
  • Josh Pyke Partnership mentorship program
  • Lighthouse Award
  • Song of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards
  • One of One - funding a mentoring breakfast held on International Women's Day
  • Qmusic - Queensland Music Awards
  • Songsalive! Australia
  • Splendour Forum - funding the Super 8 music and composition awards
  • Tamworth Songwriters Association 'Songwriter of the Year' award
  • The Australian Teachers of Media
  • WAM Song of the Year Awards


Special Projects - to encourage the creation of new songs, compositions and events

Recipients include:

  • Australian Blues Music Festival
  • Bedroom Suck Records
  • Byron Bay Film Festival
  • Gondwana Choirs
  • Heaps Decent
  • Hear Them Holler
  • Hush Foundation
  • Jackie Orszaczky Music Lecture
  • Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival
  • Music Industry Community Services Limited
  • MusicVIC - The Age Music Victoria Awards
  • Sydney Improvised Music Association
  • The Australian Children's Music Foundation
  • Tony Subam Fellowship
  • Tura New Music
Market Development - to support the music community so it can develop skills, opportunities and business capacity for music creators 

Recipients include:  

  • Barkly Regional Arts - Winanjjikari Music Centre
  • Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre
  • Goolarri Media Enterprises
  • MusicTAS workshops
  • Qmusic - Bigsound
  • The Garden of Unearthly Delights
  • Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival
Our grants also invest in key music organisations that support our members and their industry, through core funding. 

Recipients include:  

  • AMIN
  • Association of Artist Managers
  • Australian Guild of Screen Composers
  • Australian Songwriters Association
  • Music Council of Australia
  • MusicACT
  • MusicNSW
  • MusicNT
  • MusicSA
  • MusicTAS
  • MusicVIC
  • Qmusic
  • Songsalive! Australia
  • WAM

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