Sustainability Fund for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators announced with $100,000 from Australian Government

Friday, 03 Jul 2020

Applications open now: 50 x $2,000 grants available 

We're pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office's round of the Sustainability Fund, a project assisted by the Australian Government. With a funding pool of $100,000, songwriter and composer members can apply for 50 one-time grants of $2,000 to enable them to continue to create and sustain career development.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said, “The Australian Government is providing $100,000 of funding under the Indigenous Contemporary Music program to the APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office. The funding will support talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators across the country, from our cities to regional and remote communities, with cash grants to help them manage the challenges of COVID-19. I encourage interested musicians to contact APRA AMCOS to find out more about how they can receive this vital support.”

Applications for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office's Sustainability Fund open today with submissions due 20 July

"These cash grants provide impactful financial assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songwriters and composers with the intention to support the creation of new music during a very challenging time.

"Financial stress impedes music creators from doing what they do best. The $2,000 might be used for purchasing studio equipment or finishing an album or EP; it might also help to pay household bills or recoup lost touring income," said Leah Flanagan, National Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office.

In addition to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office's fund, a 'top up' the general Sustainability Fund of $200,000, made possible by the APRA Board, will be allocated to members from the current applicant pool.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members who have already applied to the Sustainability Fund, and were successful, are not eligible to apply again through this funding round.

If you previously applied to the Sustainability Fund, but were not successful, you are eligible, and do not need to reapply. You will be considered for this round of funding.

However, we will contact you to provide some additional information to add to the application we’ve already received. 

To find out more about applying for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office Sustainability Fund: 
Contact: Leah Flanagan and Donna Woods, APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office - atsi@apra.com.au
Facebook: APRA AMCOS Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music Office

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