What kind of projects do we fund?

We don’t use our music grants to fund individual songwriters or composers. Instead, we take a holistic approach to ensure we can support the greatest number of members and our community in general.

In the last financial year, APRA AMCOS was able to support our creators and members in the following categories: 

Industry and Community Partnerships - to sustain and support our music industry 

Some examples include:

  •        Community Broadcasting Association of Australias audio distribution service Community Radio Network. 
  •        Dress Up Attack! - a NSW based Children's music festival 
  •        Melbourne Womens International Jazz Festival
  •        Two stages at the Metal Heart Festival in Queensland
  •        NSW Reconciliation Council
  •        Songwriting Society of Australia 
Skills Development - to provide professional development opportunities to songwriters and composers of all genres and skill levels 

Some examples include:

  • ‘Indigenous Songs of Applewood,’ an intensive songwriting bootcamp in Queensland run by Applewood Lane Studios 
  • The Association of Artist Managers national mentor program - to help our self-managed members learn new skills 
  • The Blues Boot Camp at Echuca Winter Blues Festival
  • I Manage My Music - a national program to assist self-managed artists
  • Screen composition workshops at Northern Rivers Screenworks 
  • Songwriting workshops at the Port Fairy Folk Festival 
  • Semaphone Music Festivals Crossing Paths Project
  • Smugglers of Light Foundation Song Nation skills workshops
  • 50 Songs songwriting camp - an intensive songwriting session for established artists
  • Artist mentoring at the Caloundra Music Festival 
  • The Country Music Association of Australia 
  • The St Kilda Film Festival 'Best Original Score' Award
Education - to grow the next generation of music makers

Some examples include:

  • The Australian Film Television and Radio School
  • The Australian Children's Music Foundation
  • Musica Viva Australia
  • The songwriting division of NMIT's Bachelor of Music Industry
  • Macquarie University
  • Song Room - a digital classroom that teaches songwriting to support music teachers in schools  
Recognition - to build confidence and creativity

Our grants program supports recognition in the form of prizes and awards for Australian and New Zealand writers. Some examples include: 

  • The cash prize for Album of the Year at the Australian Jazz Bell Awards
  • Funding to support the Australian Music Prize
  • The CMAA's Golden Guitars
  • Country Music SA’s South Australian Country Song of the Year Award
  • Darebin Music Feast Songwriters Award
  • Best Song award at FBi Radio’s SMAC Awards
  • Fine Music 102.5 Young Composer of the Year Award
  • Song of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards 
  • Song of the Year at Music Victoria's The Age Music Awards
  • Emily Burrows Award for the best songwriters in South Australia
  • Hilltop Hoods Initiative for an emerging hip hop artist in Australia

 

Special Projects - to encourage the creation of new songs, compositions and events

Some examples include:

  • Australian Art Orchestra
  • Chronology Arts
  • Festival of Slow Music
  • Gondwana Choirs
  • Nexus Multicultural Arts in South Australia
  • Sydney Improvised Music Association Inc (SIMA)
  • Tura New Music
  • The Black Arm Band 
Market Development - to support the music community so it can develop skills, opportunities and business capacity for music creators 

Some examples include:  

  •        Perth Jazz Society
  •        Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
  •        Australasian World Music Expo
  •        BigSound
  •        Tropfest
Our grants also invest in key music organisations that support our members and their industry, through core funding. 

Some examples include:  

  •        The Australian Music Centre 
  •        The Association of Artist Managers
  •        The Australian Guild of Screen Composers
  •        Australian Songwriters Association Inc
  •        The Australian Music Industry Network group including Music ACT, Music NSW, Music Victoria, Music NT, WAM 
  •        Songsalive 

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