Support and Advocate: Sustainability Fund for writer members

Friday, 15 May 2020

Songwriter and composer members can apply now for $2,000 grants

Today we launch the Sustainability Fund to provide direct financial support to songwriter and composer members in the creation of new music. Members worldwide, at any career stage and working in any musical genre are eligible to apply for a $2,000 grant.

Applications are open now until Friday 29 May and successful applicants will receive funds at the end of June.

The grant can fund anything that enables members to continue to create and sustain their career development, from purchasing of equipment, to training or simply supporting cash flow. 

The Sustainability Fund is an initiative led by APRA Board Chair Jenny Morris and her board colleagues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its profound impact on the music industry and the livelihoods of music creators. The initial funding pool of $300,000, comes from the APRA Board’s decision to reduce their Director’s fees and combine these with a contribution from APRA AMCOS’ cultural fund.

To ensure the fund will be able to provide ongoing support to as many members as possible, it is now open to external contributions by third parties wanting to support the long term careers of music creators. Those interested can contact apra@apra.com.au to find out how to get involved.

We have taken additional measures to support members and ensure royalties continue to flow without interruption during COVID-19. This week saw the live performance royalty paid six months ahead of schedule to help the many grassroots, independent and self-managed members who receive the annual payment.

And due to popular demand, another round of The At Home Sessions is now open, featuring ‘3-2-1’ collaborative songwriting sessions (3 hours – 2 songwriters – 1 song) and Meet the Locals one-on-one advice sessions with top industry pros.

Plans are also underway for additional SongHubs virtual intensive songwriting sessions following The Virtual Tower last month.

Find out more about what we are doing to support and advocate so that our members can continue to create.


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