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OPPORTUNITIES: New funding, competitons and more from January 2018

25 Jan

More music related jobs, funding deadlines and competitions for acts and music industry people to get ahead, including from the likes of, well, too many to mention!

moreinfo Songwriters worldwide are invited to enter the 2018 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition to go into the running for a first place cash prize of A$50,000, courtesy of APRA AMCOS, Alberts and BMG. Entries close 15 February 2018.

moreinfoCountry Arts WA’s Project Fund offers up to $15,000 for you, or $30,000 for your organisation to turn your community arts idea into a reality. The Project Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote artists, arts workers, audiences and communities by supporting and promoting participation in, and access to, art and culture. Applications close midnight 16 March 2018.

moreinfoHappy Presents: Needle in the Hay Vinyl Comp the 7″ singles edition. Presented by Happy Mag this bi-annual competition champions and empowers emerging Australian musicians. 1st prize worth $5000 includes 250 copies of your single pressed on vinyl with full colour packaging + a high production live video recording of your single! Entries close 31 March 2018.

moreinfoAlbany Community Radio has been a great supporter of local music – including WAM’s own Sounds Of The Great Southern – and they’re currently on the lookout for new WA music to promote. If you have some tunes that haven’t reached the station, please send digital copies to John Maddison at  or physicals to Albany Community Radio, Lotteries House, North Road, ALBANY 6330.

moreinfoRamping up its unflinching commitment to WA music, Otherside has announced a huge increase to its Australian Tour Grant – now valued, in total, at $15,000. Entries are now open to all original WA bands and solo artists for the prize pool, which in 2018 is composed of three individual Australian Tour Grants valued at $5000 apiece – helping underwrite a pivotal national tour, and assisting WA musicians take the next vital step in their careers.


moreinfoVezt lets fans purchase a share of future revenues in songs from artists such as Drake. Engaging in the realms of cryptocurrency Vetz gives you the opportunity as an artist to fund your projects by allowing fans to purchase shares in your future recordings.

moreinfoAre you a musician working in performance or teaching, working with community groups, or working in the health sector or retail? Do you self-manage, self-produce or even self-promote? Do you work a regular day job while pursuing your music?  Making music work: Sustainable Portfolio Careers for Australian Musicians, seeks to understand the conditions and strategies needed for Australian musicians to sustain dynamic careers in an ever-changing musical landscape. Musicians from all around the country are now invited to share their experiences in an online survey, plus you’ll go into the draw to win an iPad

moreinfoThe fourth KISMIF International Conference ‘Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! Gender, differences, identities and DIY cultures’ will take place in Porto, Portugal between 3 July and 7 July 2018. The conference will be preceded by a summer school entitled ‘What difference do DIY cultures make?’ on 3 July 2018 in Faculty of Arts and Humanities of University of Porto. The KISMIF Conference 2018 welcomes the submission of proposals for papers’ presentations, panels’ discussion, creative workshops and creative performances, with early registration closing on 31 March 2018 for speakers, students and general attendees.

moreinfoWAM’s annual Kiss My WAMi compiles A-grade tracks by WA artists, and each WAM Member gets a FREE copy. If haven’t already collected via WAMCon, please swing by the WAM Office as we’d love to give you some local goodness!

moreinfo‘Tis the season for APRA AMCOS members to listen back to the year’s earworms, choons, bangers and ballads and cast a vote for the APRA Song of the Year, an honour that truly rewards the ‘songwriter’s songwriter’…

moreinfoAustralian and New Zealand art music composers again have the chance to share in $100,000 worth of funding to create new commissioned work, as applications open for the third round of funding from the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund. Applications close on 20 February 2018. Funding is available for the creation of commissioned work that is innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field.

moreinfoThe WA Youth Jazz Orchestra are looking for female musicians aged 14- 25. Learn about jazz and improvised music, perform at the Ellington Jazz Club and work with some of Australia’s leading female jazz professionals. Workshops: Saturdays, 2.00pm to 4.30pm – WAAPA at ECU, Mt Lawley, March 17 & 24 – April 7 & 14 – May 5 2018. Registrations for the 2018 Young Women In Jazz Program close midnight Friday 9 March, 2018.

moreinfoAPRA AMCOS are inviting composer members who identify as female to apply for the two mentorship opportunities – one dedicated to film composition and one dedicated to TV. This is a priceless opportunity to work in tandem on real life projects and receive practical advice to help you establish a career as a screen composer while extending and honing your craft. Both mentorships are offered for a three month period and mentees will receive some financial support over that time. Applications close on Friday 2 February 2018.

moreinfoLooking for buskers to perform at the Scarborough Sunset Markets which will be open from 5pm – 10pm every Thursday for 5 months, kicking off Thursday 7 December. It will be vibrant with an estimated attendance of over 100,000 people – don’t miss out on the chance to get your music heard! Contact for more info

moreinfoThe Pack Australia is a web-based streaming platform that will enable any business playing recorded music to stream curated, all original, all local music tailored to their individual spaces and business types. Follow the steps in the link to support a new player in the web streaming industry and possibly have your sound heard. There is also an opportunity to become an official ‘Pack’ Ambassador, with cross promo as part of the deal.

moreinfoRock Scholars are holding School holiday jam sessions open to all young musicians up to age 18. These popular sessions a fantastic way for kids and teenagers to meet other musicians and get to jam out in fully equipped rehearsal rooms under the direction of awesome mentors.

moreinfoMobile event discovery platform Hipflask gets your gig in front of the right audience by connecting the people of Perth to the best of local creatives. Download the App for what’s happening this week! Plus WAM members receive 50% discounts on event listings, to ensure your gigs get more through the door.

moreinfoTo celebrate 15 years of all-ages live music, YMCA HQ wants to hear from bands that have played at HQ or visitors with awesome memories of attending gigs. If you have a story about the role this iconic venue has played in your life, YMCA HQ want to hear from! Message them on Facebook or email

moreinfoEvent organisers of all sorts are invited to apply to book an event space at City of Perth’s Elizabeth Quay, Perth Cultural Centre and the new Yagan Square (opening early 2018). With over 17 spaces to choose from and capacities up to 15,000, this is your opportunity to be part of the city’s liveliness, excitement and accessibility for all Western Australians and visitors.

moreinfoLive music platform Six8 aims to bring live music into spaces where there previously was none, all the while allowing artists to be paid appropriately for their work. The service allows venues, and other live music hosts to browse the platform for artists based on genre, size, location and hourly rate. Already with an incredible 250+ artists involved, the platform is free to sign up for, with no subscription fees


moreinfoMundaring Arts Centre has recently expanded its services and taken up management of the Midland Junction Arts Centre. Located in beautiful surrounds in front of Juniper Gardens in the heart of Midland, the newly refurbished space features two generous gallery spaces, an intimate 135 seat auditorium, a leafy courtyard, rehearsal and printing spaces as well opportunities for artists to work in residence. If you are an arts based organisation wanting a space to hold an exhibition, workshop or performance, consider the Midland Junction Arts Centre.


In light of the changes to the membership constitution, and the desire to grow our membership, the Board of Country Arts WA has made membership free. Any member that paid prior to this date will retain the member benefits that were offered at that time for one year.

BRYTE EMCEE’s Hip Hop Workshops for Schools and Communities

Bryte MC‘s services have been built to give young people the opportunity to design and create the popular music they have come to know and love, and he’s now available for Hip Hop Workshops for schools and communities. Bryte’s activities open doors to greater opportunities in the music industry, supplying participants with the first level knowledge needed to embark on a career in music production, song writing and live performance.


Audiofly officially re-launch their Mates On Stage program with a range of support packages to help those in the music industry. Their packages include complimentary cutting-edge in-ear monitors, bonus discounts and additional marketing support, which have helped the likes of Katy Steele, Slumberjack, Sydnee Cartee and many more. Could you be the next?


The Hen House Live is currently looking for bands of all genres to play or launch their next release at the venue. If you haven’t been down yet The Hen House Live is a 100 capacity room attached to Badlands Bar located at 1/3 Aberdeen Street, East Perth perfect for putting on a memorable show! If you would like more information please email Sarah at



Tura’s iMprov program aims to assist in the development of new and emerging improvisational artists. Once a month on a Monday, the iMprov series presents experimental and exploratory improvisation at bar Four5Nine at the Rosemount HotelThe program also provides a monthly workshop for improvisers to work alongside local, national and international mentors who specialize in the field of improvised music performance.

Contact if you are are interested in participating



Music Industry Inside Out is an online educational resource devoted to helping musicians across the country learn more about the industry. WAM Members receive a 20% discount on all individual monthly or annual memberships. To redeem this benefit email Kate at WAM: to receive the discount voucher code, then head to the individual memberships page and add the discount voucher for the 20% discount.

moreinfoThe Western Australian New Music Archive
 is an interactive web portal presenting a collection of content related to the history of new music in Western Australia. You will find a range of material here including audio and video recordings, images, and a range of documents. The original collection has been drawn from the Tura and ABC Classic FM archives, but it is hoped that the collection will be added to through the participation of those involved in the new music scene in Western Australia. They’re also looking for WA releases to be added.

moreinfoBuilding Better Regions Fund 
supports the Australian Government’s commitment to create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities into the futureThe program will run over four years from 2016-17 to 2019-20.

There are two streams of funding available under the program:
INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS STREAM– The minimum grant amount is $20,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million. You must complete your project by 31 December 2019.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS STREAM – The minimum grant amount is $5,000 and the maximum grant amount is $10 million, however given the nature of eligible projects we expect most grants will be under $100,000.
You must complete your project within 12 months of executing the grant agreement with the Commonwealth and by 31 December 2019.

moreinfoMusic company The Sync Report has hit the DIY market with a series of colourful videos that highlight the importance of sync licensing in the music industry. ‘The Slapman Series’ the animated short films introduce Slapper and his mohawked dog Mr Rex who promptly slap people who tell them that they are too lazy to build a fan base, get media attention and earn an income with their music. Designed for music managers and savvy artists, check it out.

If you have an opportunity for WA musicians or the music industry, email  for free promo!

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The ArtsGovernment of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.