It’s All About The Song, says The Seed

Monday, 06 Jul 2015

Before 31 July, Australian performing and recording artists have an opportunity to apply for one of three grants valued at $3,500 from The Seed Fund, a privately owned organisation, operating for a decade as a cultural philanthropist.

The brainchild of musician John Butler and his wife Danielle Caruana, The Seed is an organisation that aims to support emerging artists and music-makers through two direct grants, a major workshop, and three community-based initiatives. In fact The Seed has helped at least 40 artists and managers get a leg up in the last ten years.

The Seed team believes “that recording a high quality single in the current market is vital to the development of an artist’s career.”

As expected from this masterful ARIA- and APRA-Award winning songwriter, each grant has a catchy name. It's All About The Song grant covers the producer’s fee, one day’s studio time plus overdubs, mixing and mastering. Esteemed producers already signed on include Steven Schram (San Cisco, The Cat Empire), John Castle (Vance Joy, Washington), and Tony Buchen (The Preatures, Andy Bull).

Last year’s It's All About The Song graduates, Fox & Fowl, said the work with producer Stephen Schram pushed the band in a brand new direction.

The first cut from these sessions is new single 'Eliza,' a beautifully-crafted indie pop dance-floor filler that they say “throws the shackles off their previous work.”

To apply, musicians must submit an original song that they want produced and recorded. All successful applicants need to cover is their own travel, accommodation and other associated expenses.

The Seed assists Australian artists from any background, creating art and music across any genre and any region in the country, to establish themselves as self-sustaining professionals.  Several hundred apply for the It's All About The Song grant each year.

APRA AMCOS has been a partner to The Seed Fund for several years, including most recently the Barunga Festival.

The Seed has also launched their 2015 Management Workshop for emerging managers and self-managed artists and 2015 Professional Management Support for those who have attended a previous Management Workshop. For more info on all the 2015 categories and programs, head to The Seed Fund website

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