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 MEMBER BENEFIT

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.

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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!)

AMERICAN EXPRESS MUSIC BACKERS PROGRAM
The American Express Music Backers Program will provide a boost to the Australian music industry and the fans that support it so we can play our part to help it thrive for many more years to come. Committed to support the Australian music industry by giving music venues, business, artists and fans the opportunity to share in a grant program valued at $1million, over the next twelve months. More info here.

APRA AMCOS
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. More info here.
  • 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. More info here.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE (AiR) GRANTS PROGRAM
Launched in WA in 2009, providing project funding to support artist-in-residence activity in public schools and universities to improve students’ access to high quality arts. More info here.

AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC ARTS FELLOWSHIP
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. More info here.

AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS
The Australia Council grants model supports a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity. It is easier and simpler to apply for grants. More info here.

  • PPCA and Australia Council Recording Grants
    • PPCA is delighted to again partner with Australia Council to offer the sixth round of its highly successful program which offers five $15,000 grants to assist Australian artists create new recordings. Applicants should take the opportunity to register with PPCA under its Artist Direct Distribution Scheme, and registration for an Australian artist is free. More info here.
  • Contemporary Music Touring Program
    • The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas. Applications close Tuesday 1 October 2019. More info here.

COUNTRY ARTS WA
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. More info.

  • Project Fund
    • 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. More info here.

DEPARTMENT  OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT, SPORT AND CULTURAL INDUSTRIES
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. More info here.

  • $1 Million Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program
    • The $1 million Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program is now accepting applications for grants up to $15,000. Grants are available to assist WA artists and music industry professionals with the costs of producing and promoting their work. Download the program guide for more information on how to apply, eligibility, key dates and more. More info here.
  • The Regional and Remote Touring Fund (RRTF) supports the costs of touring performing arts shows to regional and remote towns and communities in Western Australia. Applications close 28 February 2019. More info here.

EXPORT MUSIC DEVELOPMENT GRANT
The 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. The EMDG scheme:

  • encourages small- and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburses up to 50 per cent 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
Healthway funds sport, arts, community activities, health promotion projects and research to inspire West Australians, especially young people, to live healthier lives. We work with organisations we fund to create healthy activities and events and promote messages about good health you see at community events throughout Western Australia. More info here.

THE IAN POTTER CULTURAL TRUST
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. More info here.

THE KATTHY CAVALIERE FELLOWSHIP
The Katthy Cavaliere Fellowship will provide three grants of $100,000 awarded to three artists or collectives for the purpose of realising an ambitious new work. More info here.

LOTTERYWEST
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. More info here.

PPCA PERFORMERS’ TRUST FOUNDATION
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. More info here.

PROPEL ARTS
Cater for projects involving young people aged 12-26 years, including the YCulture arts grants being popular with schools, youth groups and services wanting to coordinate creative projects. More info here.

WHITE SKY & ONE OF ONE SCHOLARSHIP FOR WOMEN IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
Australian music business management and accounting services business White Sky and not-for-profit charity One Of One have joined forces to launch a brand new governance scholarship for women in the music industry. The recipient of the scholarship will be funded to attend a board governance training program tailored specifically for women. More info here.

WOMEN NATION FUND
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. More info here.