The third and final round of Sounds Australia’s Export Stimulus (SAES) package has been awarded to more of Australia’s local music industry made up of artists, producers, songwriters, composers, managers, publishers and crew. The funds will support wide-ranging international activity including touring, songwriting, producing, industry meetings and tour/technical support.

Over $369,000 was awarded to 27 successful applicants, made up of 104 individuals.

“With the help of the SAES grant, Psycroptic has been able to restart International touring activities within the North & South American markets. After 2 years of complete shutdown of the music industry, the SAES grant has helped reopen a door to international markets that was firmly shut – allowing us to resume our career within the industry.” – Dave Haley, Psycroptic

The SAES program was created in 2021, during a time of national lockdowns and international border closures. With the support of the Australian Government, APRA AMCOS, ARIA, PPCA and the Australia Council for the Arts, the SAES grant has assisted established artists and industry professionals in re-entering the international music market, playing a significant role in presenting Australia as a nation of sought-after talent, reigniting foreign trade networks and triggering much-needed income for these important Australian music businesses.

Across three rounds, $1,213,609.32 has been awarded to 90 successful applicants, made up of 328 individuals. The targeted funding aimed to specifically counter the increased costs associated with exporting in a time of COVID-19, including increased insurance premiums, COVID-19 compliance consumables and expediting US visas.

“Sounds Australia’s Export Stimulus grants were born out of a need to provide urgent and much needed financial support to exporting artists and professionals during COVID-19. This was critical during a time of enforced borders and significantly increased pandemic costs.

“What is now clear, however, is that the international appetite for Australian acts is huge and growing. The time is now ripe for the establishment of a dedicated and ongoing Commonwealth Music Export Development Fund that supports artists and industry professionals at all levels of their exporting careers.” – Millie Millgate, Executive Producer, Sounds Australia

The extremely high quality and increased quantity of submissions was again judged by an external panel of experienced assessors made up of Cameron Adams, Leanne de Souza, Paul Mason, Sam Cook and Sosefina Fuamoli.