SOUNDS AUSTRALIA is not a funding body and therefore not in a position to offer any kind of financial assistance. In the interest of staying neutral and fair, we do not provide Letters of Support to funding bodies on any artist’s behalf.

It is important to note that funding is available through different State grant programs.

Make sure you cost your entire initiative out first with funding assistance and without (don’t forget to budget in the correct currency).

The Australia Council for The Arts

Information about Australia Council’s new funding model and how to apply can be found here


Phone: 02 9215 900

Toll Free: 1800 226 912

NRS: 1800 555 677

Export Market Development Grants

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 industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.

Reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $10,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $20,000

Applications for the 2015-16 grant year open on 1 July 2016 and close midnight Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) 30 November 2016 or midnight (AEDT) 28 February 2017 if your application is lodged through an EMDG Consultant approved for extended lodgement under the EMDG Consultant Quality Incentive Program.

More information can be found here



Arts NSW has announced the Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) to replace the former Arts Funding Program (AFP). A summary of the ACDP including key changes can be found on the Arts NSW website here.

Arts NSW funding guidelines

Aboriginal Quick Response 

Apply at any time

Contact: Liza-Mare Syron

Telephone: 02 8218 2213 Free call: 1800 358 594 (within NSW)

Funding inquiries can be directed to: Email: 

Telephone Freecall 1800 358 594 (within NSW) Telephone 02 8218 2222 (outside NSW)

MUSIC NSW has a resource page on funding that can be found here


Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) 

The Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) is launching a new Grants Program on March 1, 2016. This new program will enable DCA to offer a more timely and responsive approach to project funding.

More information on their 2016 program can be found here.



Queensland Arts Showcase Program

The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) provides funding to support individuals, organisations or collectives to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland.

This is a rolling fund with applications accepted at any time.

Arts and Cultural Investment Framework

From 2017 the Organisations Fund is a quadrennium fund providing four-year (2017 – 2020) funding for small to medium Queensland-based arts organisations.

Applications to the Fund are now closed.

Applications will open in 2020 for the 2021 – 2024 funding period.

Other awards for individuals:

Also for organisations:

  • Billy Thorpe Scholarship – $10,000 prize for Queensland based contemporary bands or solo artists.
  • Backing Indigenous Arts – Bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures of Queensland to the world.
  • Queensland Government Exhibitions Indemnification Scheme – The Queensland Government indemnifies significant exhibitions of art work and cultural property to offset the cost of commercial insurance cover which would otherwise be required for the transport and display of works of cultural and historical importance.

Other projects funding:

  • Backing Indigenous Arts – Bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures of Queensland to the world

Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship 

The fellowship will consist of an award of $25,000 to a Queensland based
contemporary songwriter. The recipient will undertake a trip of up to two
months to either London, Berlin or New York. The Fellowship has been
designed to expose the recipient to the full cultural life of one of these
cities as a source of inspiration and creativity.

Backing Indigenous Arts 

Bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures of Queensland to the world

Arts Queensland contemporary music contacts:

Ms Alexie Jell 07 30344016 email

Ms Donna Fahey-Macey 07 30344056 email


Creative Victoria

$2,500 – $75,000

All requests must include an appropriate level of cash and/or in-kind contributions to the project.

All requests of $10,000 and over must have a minimum of 20% of the request in cash co-funding (eg. generated fees/income and/or applicant cash contribution and/or other funding partners such as government, corporate, private etc).

Applicants requesting $35,000 or more must contact program staff before submitting an application.

All requests of $40,000 or more:

  • Must be from legally constituted organisations, including local government; and
  • If successful, will be required to provide a Business Plan, Audited Financial Statements or similar documentation that demonstrates the organisation’s financial profile before funding is released. Note: applications from local government are exempt from this requirement.

The Music Works Major Funding Round is now closed. The next round will be accepting applications early 2017.

Quick Response Grants from $1,000 to $5,000 for individuals and $1,000 to $15,000 for groups and organisations are available to cover immediate opportunities in theBuilding Capacity and Connecting to Markets Areas of Funding.

Alignment with Music Works Grants aims

  • Support strategic professional development and career opportunities for Victorian contemporary music artists, musicians, performers and associated industry professionals where the funding or access to resources are a barrier.
  • Showcase Victorian content locally, nationally and internationally



The Contemporary Music funding program is divided into two areas of focus:

  • Artist Development Grants
  • Industry Development Grants
    • Strategic Partnerships
    • Pocket Grants
    • Organisations Funding


There will be three grant rounds in the Contemporary Music Grant Program.  Essentially, what used to be the March and May rounds have been combined and will be offered once, through a new round in April.  The August and December closing dates will become available over the next few months.

There will only be one opportunity to apply for funding towards activity that starts after 1 July this year.

The first round will close on 15 April, and is to support activity that commences after 1 July, 2016.

Arts Development Officer, 08 8463 5414,



It is strongly recommended that you to contact one of Arts Tasmania’s Program Officers before submitting your grant application to obtain advice that may be relevant to your specific proposal.

Please call (03) 6237 6323 to speak to a Program Officer or to book an appointment.




Funding Limit: Up to $1500 per grant to a max of $2000 per financial year 
Notification Date: 15 working days after submission

For more information on the arts funding contact:

Arts NT – Arts Brokers on 8999 8981 Free Call 1800 678 237