Projects we invest in

Following an extensive review of our Cultural Fund due to the impact of COVID-19, we launched a revised music grants application process for 2020-21 and we are pleased to announce the successful applicants. 

While it's important to note that the funding pool was reduced from previous rounds, our commitment to the organisations that create, curate, present, organise, guide and produce the initiatives and projects that support our members is stronger than ever. 

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.

For 2020-21, funding was by the following categories:

  • Initiatives ($5,000)
  • Projects ($10,000)
  • Core (varied by organisation's needs)

Initiatives and Projects:


2SER - In Conversation (presented by Groovescooter) 
4Elements Sydney Advanced Music Program (Vyva Entertainment)
A Song Like Alice songwriting workshops (8CCC Community Radio Inc)
Academy and APRA Song of the Year (Country Music Association of Australia Inc)
Annual Song and Tune and Youth Awards (Cygnet Folk Festival)
Australian Music Prize
Australian Songwriting Conference 
Barkly Regional Arts 
BEMAC (Brisbane Multicultural Centre) 
Big Sky Girls (SugarRush Music)
Bluesfest Busking Competition 
Boyup Brook Country Music Festival (Country Music Club of Boyup Brook WA Inc)
Common Good 
Community Radio Network (Community Broadcasting Association of Australia)
Forward Future Award (Creative Original Music Adelaide)
Emily Burrows Award
FBi Radio 2020 SMAC Awards - Reimagined: Celebrating Creativity in Covid
Free Broadcast Incorporated
International Achievement Award (Fiji Performing Right Association) 
Hatched Academy & Hatched Home Academy (Ensemble Offspring)
Hilltop Hoods Initiative
I Heart Songwriting Club
Indie-Con (AIR) 
Intergenerational Program (Melbourne Jazz Co-operative)
Josh Pyke Partnership
The Lighthouse Award
Liquid Architecture 
LISTEN Conference 
Macquarie University Artist in Residence - Contemporary Music
Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio 
Melbourne International Jazz Festival 
Music in Exile Workshops & Masterclasses
Levels electronic music workshops (MusicNSW)
National Indigenous Music Awards (MusicNT)
Ngarra Burria: First Peoples Composers (Moogahlin Performing Arts Inc)
The Push Inc Song Writing Sessions
Redlands Trail (Queensland Music Festival)
The Secret Garden Songwriter Series (Happy Yess Community Arts Inc.)
St Kilda Film Festival
Stage of Change (Musicians Making A Difference)
Sydney Blues Society 
Take Note - Gender Equity & Artist Development Initiative (Melbourne International Jazz Festival)
Talent Development Project
Tura New Music 
Unpacked Women and Non-binary Song-writing and Production Showcase
WAMFest 2020
Wild Mountains Songs 
Workshop in the Mountains (Songsalive! Australia)
Workshop Program (MusicSA)
Young Women's Jazz Intensive Pilot Program (Free Play Improvisation Workshops) (Sydney Improvised Music Association)
YoWo Music Band Program

Our grants also invest in key music organisations that support our members and their industry, through core funding. 


Arts Law Centre of Australia
Association of Artist Managers
Australian Children's Music Foundation
Australian Guild of Screen Composers
Australian Songwriters Association Inc
Green Music Australia
Music ACT
Music Tasmania
Music Victoria

PLEASE NOTE: If you have questions about music grants please contact us at to further discuss.

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