Don’t fret, with a number of extremely supportive organisations and funding pools out there, you don’t need to do it all on your own.

WAM Members can access a FAQs document and recording of the WAM Member Grant Writing Workshop held with Georgia Kennedy (WAM), a fundraising and development professional with ten years’ experience in the non-for-profit sector and; Mike Wafer (FY Media), a music journalist and editor since 1996, with years of experience freelance grant writing, who has also worked for various promoters, managers, media companies and artists over the years. Claire Hodgson (Industry Development Officer, WAM) facilitated the session.

To redeem this benefit contact your Membership Officer with the subject ‘Funding and Grant Resources‘ and your WAM membership number to get access to the WAM Member Grant Writing Workshop recording and FAQs document.


Please note
WAM is happy to offer general advice, however, the organisations offering the funding are the best places for specific information or assistance with grant applications.

TYPES OF GRANTS (Note: this is not a comprehensive list, grants and funds are constantly being updated, please let us know if we are missing a great grant or funding opportunity you know of!)

APRA AMCOS music grants program is an investment in the future of music. They support projects, events and organisations that benefit APRA AMCOS members. Each year they allocate 1.75% of APRA’s distributable revenue to fund hundreds of initiatives across the music industry in Australia and New Zealand.

APRA AMCOS Music Grants
APRA AMCOS are offering music grants for projects, events and organisations that benefit their members.

Applications closed for 2020.

Art Music Fund
In recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed, APRA AMCOS has initiated the Art Music Fund. A total pool of A$100,000 per annum is on offer to provide funding for composers to create commissioned work that is complemented by an exploitation program.

Applications are now closed.

Creative Recovery Fund
190 $1000 grants to support your songwriting or composing in the post-Covid landscape.

Applications Open: 19 October 2020
Applications Close: 2 November, 5pm AEDT


The Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, made possible by the Australian Antarctic Division in association with the Australian Network for Art & Technology, enables people from the creative community to experience Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic, and Australia’s activities in these locations, so that they may communicate this unique experience and understanding to others.

The Australia Council grants model supports a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity.

PPCA – Australia Council Partnership
The PPCA-Australia Council partnership to support Australian artists to create new sound recordings.
You may apply for any costs primarily associated with the creation of a sound recording, which may also involve costs associated with the promotion of that recording.

Applications are now closed.

Contemporary Music Touring Program
The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.

Applications for projects starting after 1 June 2021 close 2 March 2021

Cherish II
The Cherish II Fund is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption experienced by the First Nations arts and cultural sector and community. The Cherish II Fund has been informed by the First Nations Roundtables and the sector discussions and consultations in which the themes have focused on the sector priorities and needs through the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Nations Contemporary Music Program
Australia Council for the Arts has received funding from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication through the Office of the Arts to provide grants to the First Nations Music Industry aimed at increasing development opportunities for musicians and bands.  The First Nations Contemporary Music program is one of five programs under the Australian Music Industry Package announced in the 2019-2020 Budget.

ARIA-PPCA-Australia Council First Nations Sound Recording Partnership
The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) in partnership with the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts will deliver a grant partnership, the ARIA-PPCA-Australia Council First Nations Sound Recording Partnership. This partnership will support five First Nations Australian artists or groups to create new sound recordings. The initiative is designed to provide an opportunity for First Nations artists to create sound recordings, and access advice and managerial support to grow their audience.

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund
The Regional Performing Arts Touring program (Playing Australia) supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring and other designated costs associated with tours. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.


Culture and the Arts’ funding programs aim to stimulate and support the development, growth and viability of the arts, culture and creative industry sectors in WA. The programs assist emerging and established artists, creative practitioners, arts workers, groups and organisations to undertake and deliver a broad range of projects and activities across multiple art forms and disciplines.

Arts 15k-plus
The Arts 15k-plus grant program offers between $15,000 and $60,000 funding for artists, creative industry professionals and organisations to deliver a one-off project or a program of activity.
The program supports the development and growth of a vibrant sector that promotes the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in high quality arts and cultural experiences.

Arts Organisations Investment Program
The Arts Organisations Investment Program is an open and competitive multiyear funding program to support Western Australia’s arts, cultural and creative sector organisations. The objective of the Arts Organisations Investment Program is to invest in a portfolio of small to medium organisations that collectively present high quality and diverse acts, suport sector development and creative economy.

Arts U-15k
The Arts U-15k grant program offers up to $15,000 for artists and creative industry professionals to deliver a one-off project or a program of activity.
The program supports the development and growth of a vibrant sector that promotes the participation and active engagement of Western Australian communities in high quality arts and cultural experiences. Available for Organisations & Individuals

Contemporary Music Fund
The Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program will assist homegrown contemporary music artists with projects that enable them to produce and promote their work, building links nationally and internationally.
The program provides funding support to the WA contemporary music sector across a range of activities.

Harmony Week Grants
Funding of $2000 is available for diversity and inclusion activities to celebrate Harmony Week 2021. Activities with a focus on culture and arts and sport and active recreation are encourage

Create X
The Create X grant program offers up to $20,000 to artists, creative industry professionals and arts organisations to undertake collaborations and cultural exchange opportunities with Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia.
Applicants to Create X must also organise a reciprocal residency in Western Australia for an artist, creative industry professional or arts organisation from Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia.

Playing WA
Supporting touring performing arts shows to regional and remote Western Australia.
Playing WA supports the costs of touring WA-produced performing arts shows to regional and remote towns and communities in Western Australia.

Regional and Remote Festivals Fund
The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund supports arts and cultural activity at regional and remote festivals in Western Australia.
Funding delivered through the Regional and Remote Festivals Fund is intended to:
– increase arts and cultural activity in regional and remote WA
– provide employment opportunities for regional and remote communities
– contribute to tourism growth in regional and remote WA
– provide opportunities for regional and remote communities to participate in arts and cultural activity in their towns and communities
– enable local communities to make decisions about their arts and cultural needs.


Are you aged 12 – 26 and looking to develop skills and experience in your creative field? You can make new contacts, work with people in the industry and learn more about arts management by challenging yourself to build your own project from the ground up. Apply for a Drug Aware YCulture Metro Grant, secure up to $3000 and make your project idea a reality.


The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industries. On 3 October 2019, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, announced Ms Anna Fisher will undertake a review of the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme and Australian Government financial assistance to SME exporters.

– encourages small- and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
– reimburses up to 50 percent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
– provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.
– More info here and here.

Healthway offers a number of different grants for health promotion projects in Western Australia. Health Promotion Project Grants support a range of activities and campaigns designed to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles. These grants are available to support clearly defined health promotion activities and programs, particularly those focusing on Healthway priority health issues of tobacco control, reducing harm from alcohol, preventing overweight and obesity, and promoting good community and individual mental health. Healthway has identified priority areas for health promotion projects as well as target groups which include children, young people and disadvantaged groups. Applications for innovative, sustainable projects that reach these target groups are particularly encouraged.

Organisations may apply for grants to fund new approaches to promoting healthy lifestyles through changing community attitudes and behaviour, and creating environments that support people to make healthier choices.

Health Promotion Under $5,000 Grants
Grants offered to support community-based incorporated organisations to pilot or deliver small health promotion programs and activities, typically over a three to twelve month period. Applications must be received at least three calendar months prior to the commencement of the project.

Health Promotion Over $5,000 Grants
Grants are offered to incorporated organisations to pilot or expand an evidence-based and innovative health promotion program. Projects may vary in size and can address health issues at a population or state level. Projects can be up to three years and applications must be received at least four calendar months prior to the commencement of the project.

Aboriginal Health Project Grants
These grants are offered to incorporated organisations and community groups to run innovative health promotion programs with Aboriginal people. Groups can apply for up to $10,000 to run the program. Applications must be received by Healthway a minimum of four calendar months prior to the commencement of the project.

The Cultural Trust is committed to encouraging excellence and supporting a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia. The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist talented emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas.

Supports a wide variety of not-for-profit, community-based proposals that enhance the lives of Western Australians across the State, including music events, festivals and more.

The PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and are determined by the four trustees of the trust. A grant under the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation can be used for costs associated with: Tuition fees; Travel costs (hire, airfares, petrol); Accommodation; Venue hire/ PA hire.

Country Arts WA is the leading peak arts body entrusted with the governance and delivery of arts and cultural funding throughout regional and remote Western Australia, and has managed devolved funding on behalf of the State and Federal Governments since 1996. There are a range of funds and grants available throughout the year for projects of varying size and scope.

Drug Aware YCulture Regional
Are you aged 12-26, living in regional WA and looking to run your own arts project in your community to develop skills and experience in a creative field?
Through Drug Aware YCulture Regional you can apply for up to $4,000 if living in regional WA or up to $6,000 if you live in remote WA, or above the 26th parallel, to support you in delivering your arts project.

Regional Arts Sector Investment
The Regional Arts Sector Investment supported by Lotterywest provides financial support to regional arts organisations in the development and coordination of diverse, annual arts, and cultural activities. It is the intent of the fund that these organisations successfully engage a broad cross-section of their local community.
The next round of funding beyond 1 July 2020 has been deferred to a date yet to be determined. We encourage you to check the website regularly for updates.

RAF Project Fund
The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Fund is designed to support and promote participation in, and access to, arts and culture. The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia.
Round 1 2020 is open for projects that will commence after 1 July 2020 and be completed by 30 June 2021.

Suspended Moment: The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship comprises three grants of $100,000 awarded to three female artists or collectives for the purpose of realising an ambitious new work. The three artists will be chosen by a selection panel, comprised of the presenting institutions’ leadership and curatorial teams. In 2020 Suspended Moment will be a cross-institutional presentation with each partnering institution presenting one of the three commissions.

The Women Nation Fund is a global, early-stage fund investing in female-founded live music businesses.  Its purpose is to provide access to capital for underrepresented female entrepreneurs in the Concert Promotions, Events and Festival space. Businesses will be evaluated by a team of International Live Nation female executives with domain expertise across promotion, booking, technology, ticketing and PR/marketing.