What we fund through Music Grants

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.

Applicants, you can seek funding from ONE of the following Grant Categories:

Awards and Initiatives  To build confidence and creativity
  • Special events
  • Awards
 Projects To sustain and support the music industry so it can develop unique creative opportunities and business capacity for music creators.
  • Key organisations
  • Peak music organisations' special projects
  • Small festivals
  • Including APRA AMCOS branded events such as Songwriter Speaks, In Conversation
  • Mentoring projects
  • Craft development workshops
  • Showcases
Core Funding (APRA AMCOS Pre approval only – contact us to discuss) To invest in key music organisations that support our members and their industry
  • Peak music organisations (not special projects)
  • Peak songwriting associations

Note that although the funding is intended to apply to projects or organisations seeking grants, consideration will be given to those projects for which underwriting finance is sought.

Guidelines on what we don't fund

  • Recording projects
    As an organisation focused on the creation of music, we prefer to invest in projects that emphasise the songwriting or composition process of a song, rather than the recording aspect.
  • Commissioning of new works
    Funding for the composition of commissioned works available through the Art Music Fund.
  • Projects focused on opera, musical theatre or ballet
    As we do not assign rights for these performance types, we do not fund them through the Music Grants program.
  • Competitions or music sharing/download sites without legal terms and conditions
    To ensure that our members’ rights and interests are protected and not infringed, we insist that terms and conditions are provided for projects featuring competitions. These will undergo a review by our legal team to ensure they do not contradict our assignment of rights.

    We also need to ensure that any music sharing/ download websites comply with licensing obligations, and do not detract from the rights of music creators or users.

If you have questions about whether your project is eligible for funding, please contact us: grants@apra.com.au 

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