What kind of projects do we fund?

We fund all types of amazing projects. And, because we take a holistic approach to ensure we can support the greatest number of members and our community in general, music grants are not put towards funding individual songwriters or composers.

Check out Tips of the Trade: Grant Applications for more insight into how to submit grant requests. 

During the 2017-18 financial year, we've supported our creators and members in the following categories: 

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

Recipients include:

  • Barunga Festival
  • Community Broadcasting Association of Australia
  • Electronic Music Conference
  • Melbourne Jazz Co-operative
  • Port Fairy Spring Music Festival
  • Queensland Music Festival
  • Wingham Akoostik Music Festival
Skills Development - to provide professional development opportunities to songwriters and composers of all genres and skill levels 

Recipients include:

  • 107 Projects 'Hack Sounds' workshops for emerging electronic musicians
  • Artology - funding the annual Fanfare competition for young composers
  • The Association of Artist Managers national mentor program - to help our self-managed members learn new skills
  • Funding the Australian Jazz Convention's Original Tunes competition
  • BackBone Youth Arts - funding the 'First Songwriters Club' for young people ages 10-18 years
  • Bankstown Youth Development Service hiphop workshops for youth and emerging artists
  • Beyond Empathy Limited funding for workshops, recording and a video clip for at risk youth
  • Black Arm Band Aboriginal Corporation - funding a new musical production with five female singer songwriters
  • Brisbane Powerhouse Livespar: Mix Tape
  • Burra Country Music Events songwriting workshops
  • Cairns Regional Council 'Close Contact' music development program
  • Country Music Association of Australia
  • Cygnet Folk Festival songwriting masterclasses
  • Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival workshop for secondard school aged songwriters
  • Ensemble Offspring 'Hatched Academy' mentorship for young female composers
  • Festival of Voices mentorship program
  • Funding FReeZA Push Start - competition for young musicians in Victoria
  • Girls Rock! Melbourne music program for female, trans or GNC youth
  • GRID artist development program
  • Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society 'Youth in Blues' project
  • Melbourne International Jazz Festival skills development workshops
  • Melbourne Recital Centre - funding two events
  • Moogahlin Performing Arts - developing a repertoire of new Indigenous music
  • MusicNSW - Women in Electronic Music Program
  • MusicSA - Professional Development sessions - funding the Best Song Award winner
  • Northern Rivers Screenworks mentoring program for screen composers
  • Port Fairy Folk Festival songwriting workshops
  • Push Songs songwriting program
  • Semaphore Music Festival songwriters
  • St Kilda Film Festival
  • Sugarrush Music 'Big Sky Girls' program
  • Talent Development Project
  • The Push - Face the Music funding
  • WA Youth Jazz Orchestra funding for new works
  • WAM - WAM festival and WA Music Conference funding
Education - to grow the next generation of music makers

Recipients include:

  • Australian Film TV and Radio School
  • Country Music Association of Australia
  • DAG Songwriters Retreat
  • Macquarie University
  • Mission Songs Project 
  • Musicians Making A Difference
  • Sirens Big Band
  • Southern Cross University
  • The Song Room
  • Turn Up Music Conference
Recognition - to build confidence and creativity

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

  • AMIN - funding the development of a nation-wide survey of musicians
  • Funding to support the Australian Music Prize
  • Australian Society for Music Education
  • Funding the Bluesfest Busking Comp
  • Funding the Carol Lloyd Award for emerging female singer songwriters
  • Country Music Association of Australia's Golden Guitars
  • Funding Darebin Music Feast's Songwriters Award
  • Emily Burrows Award for the best songwriters in South Australia
  • Best Song award at FBi Radio’s SMAC Awards
  • Fine Music 102.5 Young Composer of the Year Award
  • Grant McLennan Scholarship
  • Illawarra Folk Festival funding
  • Josh Pyke Partnership mentorship program
  • Lighthouse Award
  • Song of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards
  • One of One - funding a mentoring breakfast held on International Women's Day
  • Qmusic - Queensland Music Awards
  • Songsalive! Australia
  • Splendour Forum - funding the Super 8 music and composition awards
  • Tamworth Songwriters Association 'Songwriter of the Year' award
  • The Australian Teachers of Media
  • WAM Song of the Year Awards


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

Recipients include:

  • Australian Blues Music Festival
  • Bedroom Suck Records
  • Byron Bay Film Festival
  • Gondwana Choirs
  • Heaps Decent
  • Hear Them Holler
  • Hush Foundation
  • Jackie Orszaczky Music Lecture
  • Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival
  • Music Industry Community Services Limited
  • MusicVIC - The Age Music Victoria Awards
  • Sydney Improvised Music Association
  • The Australian Children's Music Foundation
  • Tony Subam Fellowship
  • Tura New Music
Market Development - to support the music community so it can develop skills, opportunities and business capacity for music creators 

Recipients include:  

  • Barkly Regional Arts - Winanjjikari Music Centre
  • Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre
  • Goolarri Media Enterprises
  • MusicTAS workshops
  • Qmusic - Bigsound
  • The Garden of Unearthly Delights
  • Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival
Our grants also invest in key music organisations that support our members and their industry, through core funding. 

Recipients include:  

  • AMIN
  • Association of Artist Managers
  • Australian Guild of Screen Composers
  • Australian Songwriters Association
  • Music Council of Australia
  • MusicACT
  • MusicNSW
  • MusicNT
  • MusicSA
  • MusicTAS
  • MusicVIC
  • Qmusic
  • Songsalive! Australia
  • WAM

PLEASE NOTE: For 2018-19 Music Grants our funding categories have been updated. If you have questions about what funding category to apply for, please contact grants@apra.com.au to further discuss.

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