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The Seed Fund – 2015 funding round

16 Jun

In 2015 The Seed Fund enters its 11th year and continues to support emerging musicians, artists and arts workers via two direct grant categories, one workshop and three community-based initiatives.

There are some exciting events coming up this year including an inaugural fundraising gig and music industry soiree due to be held in October 2015. A Pozible campaign is also set to run for the month of September.

The much anticipated annual Management Workshop will be relocating to Melbourne in November 2015, with applications closing Friday 31 July 2015.


// Grants of up to $5000 // Up to three opportunities available
Who for: Managers who have previously attended the The Seed Management Workshop.
Why: The Seed Fund are committed to the ongoing support of the managers that have become part of The Seed Management Community through attending The Seed Management Workshop. After their attendance at the workshop they believe managers are better equipped to roll out campaigns and strategies to deliver real results for their artists and for their own careers in the music industry.
How: To supplement emerging managers income during a period of heavy workload and limited commission (eg setting up for the release of an album or tour campaign).

// Grants of up to $3500 // Up to three opportunities available
Who for: Australian Performing / Recording artists.
Why: The Seed Fund believe that recording a high quality single in the current market is vital to the development of an artist’s career.
How: Work with a producer to produce and deliver a finished song. The grant covers the producer’s fee, one day’s studio time plus overdubs, mixing and mastering. Successful grantees pay own travel, accommodation and other associated expenses if required. To apply, musicians submit an original song that they want produced and recorded. Producers who are committed to the project include Steven Schram, John Castle and Tony Buchen. In consultation with the producers, they will ensure the most compatible practitioner is selected for you.

// Up to 25 opportunities available // Value of project $55,000
Who for: Australian emerging managers including self-managed artists.
Why: The Management Workshop is a one-stop shop for practical strategies to manage artists in the establishment phase of their careers. In a creative industry where there is no set path, The Seed Fund believe the most effective way to learn is by sharing knowledge and seeking out those who have gone before. Providing access to an unrivalled list of industry experts from managers to publishers, lawyers, publicists, promoters and media representatives, the Management Workshop provides an opportunity for managers to come face to face with leaders in their field.
How: Applications will be accepted from managers, including self-managed artists. The Seed will provide and arrange transport, accommodation and meals for all successful applicants. Should you be successful all you need to do is get yourself to your closest major airport.


// Up to $5000 funding for mentors
The Seed Fund will continue to partner with Music NT to support mentors to travel to Bush Bands Business. Bush Bands BUSINESS is a three-day intensive for Central Desert bush bands where mentors guide stagecraft, musicianship, contracting, licensing, publicity and touring tips workshops. Over 50 workshops take place as well as a full dress rehearsal for the Bush Bands BASH concert in Alice Springs which takes place at the end of the intensive. The Seed Fund will deliver music industry professional mentors to Alice Springs to take part in Bush Bands BUSINESS because they believe in supporting remote musicians who face a different set of challenges in their professional development than their urban counterparts.

Song Cycles INBOUND
Now in it’s fifth year, this program takes urban music industry professionals into remote Australian Indigenous community festivals, to discover the rich and diverse remote Indigenous musicianship and songwriting craft that exists.
The Song Cycles Inbound project is a partnership between APRA AMCOS and The Seed Fund that aims to address the following issues within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) music and performance communities and aims to provide tangible opportunities for musicians and performers within the following areas; + Professional development & exposure of new talent + Economic benefit + Industry co-operation and awareness

// Up to $8000 for masterclasses and equipment
The Seed Fund is proud to announce a new partnership with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). Delivering support to the ASRC Music Group in four ways, they will fund the purchase of new instruments, maintain existing instruments and purchase road cases to ensure instruments are kept in working order. They will also fund mentors to deliver knowledge and skills to the existing group as well as facilitating masterclasses with established musicians.
The Seed Fund believes that genuine musical expression is vital to the health of any culture and they are excited by the breadth of new talent this country inherits via the introduction of these new artists. This project facilitates music as social connection, assisting asylum seekers to find their voices as they engage in the process of establishing themselves in their new community.

More info here.

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

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.