$10,000 to grow your music career
Are you a musician? Just getting started? ArtStart from the Australia Council for the Arts could be just what you need to help get your music career thriving.
ArtStart is different from other arts grants. Instead of funding individual works or one-off projects, it has been purpose-built to help budding artists with the challenging transition from study to having a professional career in their chosen field.
If you’ve completed an accredited Certificate IV music course or higher in the past three years – or are about to complete one – ArtStart could provide you with up to $10,000 to spend on pretty much anything that will help you go from studying music to earning an income from it. That’s $10,000 to spend on marketing yourself; to rent rehearsal or studio space; to develop your professional network; for extra training to make you more employable; for joining associations; getting business or financial advice; and much more.
The list of musicians who may apply for ArtStart is extensive. It includes: composers, songwriters, instrumentalists, singers and sound designers as well music-based community arts workers, Indigenous musicians and more.
There are two rounds of applications for ArtStart each year. Applicants must complete the application provided on the ArtStart page of the Australia Council for the Arts website. Applicants are required to submit a proposal for how they will use the funding and to provide written references from three professional sources.