Performing Arts Market Development Fund

The Performing Arts Market Development Fund (the Fund) is a key program of the Queensland Government’s Grow 2022-2026, the second action plan for Creative Together 2020-2030

The Fund will support interstate and overseas opportunities that grow Queensland’s cultural economy, increase exposure, facilitate business and career growth, and expand markets and export revenue potential for Queensland-based musicians, performing artists and organisations.


Performing Arts Market Development Fund:

  • Supports attendance and participation in national and international events and showcases that fast-track profile building, grow new networks and connections, and drive career sustainability and economic outcomes through new export markets.
  • Generates national and international sales and touring revenue opportunities for Queensland-based artists and artsworkers by attending major industry markets and events.
  • Enhances skills, professional practice, national and international connections to increase exposure and strengthen the reputation of Queensland’s talented music and performing arts sector.

Market exposure and development through showcasing and market attendance

The Fund supports market exposure and development opportunities for individuals or groups including:

  • enabling Queensland-based artists’ and artsworkers’ participation in interstate and overseas buyer’s marketplaces
  • extension of scope/scale of market activity showcasing
  • attending key interstate and overseas market events to grow commissioning and presentation opportunities for Queensland artists

Applications for showcasing activities will need to demonstrate that applicants have been invited by their national or international partners directly or have been selected through a competitive process.

Applicants must demonstrate how the supported activity/project forms part of their long-term plan for national or international engagement, growth of profile and market, and potential capacity to expand or replicate projects in other markets.

Bringing national and international presenters/promoters/reviewers to see Queensland performances

The fund will also support economy-class interstate travel and accommodation for national presenters/promoters/reviewers and visiting international presenters/promoters to experience performances being presented in Queensland.


There are two streams of funding available:

  • Applicants can apply for up to $80,000 towards eligible costs for showcasing or market attendance activities (applicants can apply for up to 50% of the total project costs directly associated with the interstate or overseas activity.)
  • Applicants can apply for up to $2,000 towards eligible costs for bringing national and international presenters/promoters/reviewers to see Queensland performances.

Eligible and ineligible costs

Arts Queensland funding can only be used for the following costs related to the funded activity:

  • economy-class travel, accommodation, travel allowances, visas, registration fees, professional fees and relevant meeting costs.
  • freight, equipment hire, technical support, and management fees associated with the delivery of the activity (applications for showcasing activities only).

The fund will not support presenters’ or promoters’ international flights, only their travel within Australia.

The Fund does not support costs associated with attending national or international conferences that do not include, or function as, an industry market.


This is a rolling fund. 

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Showcasing and Market Attendance activities: Successful applicants will be notified no more than 6 weeks from the date of submission. Arts Queensland may be able to process applications in a shorter period when a decision on funding is time sensitive.

Interstate and overseas presenters/promoters/reviewers for Queensland performances: Successful applicants will be notified no more than 2 weeks from the date of submission


Please refer to the Arts Queensland General Funding Guidelines for general eligibility criteria and definitions.  

In addition to the General Funding Guidelines, applicants must:

  • be based in Australia
  • have written confirmed invitation or endorsement from the interstate or overseas market/partner
  • not receive Arts Queensland funding of more than $700,000 per annum of multi-year funding
  • if based outside of Queensland:
    • be able to clearly demonstrate how their application will grow outcomes and benefit Queensland-based artists and the performing arts sector
    • not receive core funding through either Creative Australia or equivalent State agencies to Arts Queensland.

Successful applicants for overseas activities will be expected to meet with a Trade and Investment Queensland business development representative before their departure to discuss how to leverage outcomes for themselves and Queensland.

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Grant McLennan Fellowship

The Grant McLennan Fellowship honours the musical legacy of the late singer songwriter and The Go-Betweens co-frontman, Grant McLennan. Funded by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and presented by QMusic, the $15,000 Fellowship offers the recipient an opportunity to travel to New York, London or Berlin to be immersed in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to further develop their artistic skills.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be an individual songwriter or songwriting duo 
  • Reside in Queensland and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident  
  • Be 21 years of age or older 
  • Have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland grants 
  • Have an ABN 
  • Only submit one application in each round (e.g. songwriting duos may not also submit individual applications). 

Applications are currently closed.

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Lord Mayor’s Creative Fellowships

The Lord Mayor’s Creative Fellowships support Brisbane artists, arts workers, cultural workers or creative producers wishing to develop and expand their careers in the arts and cultural sector by participating in professional development opportunities that may include:

  • skills development
  • masterclasses/workshops
  • art residencies
  • attendance at conferences
  • short course training
  • defined mentorships
  • structured learning experiences.

The purpose of the program is to attract, develop and retain our creative workforce to build creative sector sustainability, increase global cultural exchange and promote Brisbane’s creative profile.

Council strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, artists who identify as having a disability, identify as being culturally and linguistically diverse, or who are LGBTIQA+, and/or who are under 25 to apply.


Applicants may apply for up to $10,000 per application are available to support individual Brisbane based creatives undertake professional development opportunities.


Applications for this program are closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by late-April 2024.

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Regional Arts Development Fund

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a competitively-assessed grants program supporting arts and cultural projects of all kinds, and artists and arts and cultural workers at all career stages.

RADF is delivered by City of Gold Coast in partnership with Arts Queensland.

There are 2 RADF funding categories relevant to artists and music industry professionals:


Activate Music
Activate Music supports the Gold Coast contemporary music sector to create new music and develop audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Apply for up to $10,000. Applications are currently closed for this funding category.

Applications close: 12 February 2024
Interview: 21 & 22 March 2024
Notification: April 2024
Projects starting after: 30 April 2024

Activate Small Grants

Activate Small Grants supports individuals, organisations and collectives seeking smaller levels of funding for arts and culture-based activity. Apply for up to $5000. Activate Small Grants can be applied for anytime. This program is open until 30 June 2024 or until funds are expended. Note: your application must be received at least 8 weeks before your activity start date.

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Regional Arts Fund – Quick Response Grants

Quick Response Grants aim to support small arts or cultural projects that cannot be funded by other means because of their nature or timing. For example, you may wish to attend a workshop or complete a project within a certain time frame and cannot access appropriate funding through any other means.

Please note that Quick Response grants are competitive, and as part of your application you will need to detail why your project cannot be funded through other means.

This type of grant would also suit individual professional development.

Quick Response Grants are open 10 times each year during February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November. 

For projects commencing from: 14 May 2024 (2 to 12 weeks after the round’s closing date)
 Up to $3,000 for Individuals and $5,000 for Organisations
Opens: 9:00am 1 April
Closes: 11:59pm 30 April 2024

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Photo: Peking Duk, India 2012 – Pic by Johnny Au.


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