FAQ: Grants & Funding
Music Victoria does not distribute grants, but there are numerous funding opportunities available to musicians in Victoria. Here is a list of Victorian and National funding bodies and organisations who can offer funding assistance. Good luck!
Tips and advice:
- If you are applying for a grant, prepare well in advance and consult the relevant organisations for advice. Well thought-out grants can take a lot of work. You don’t have to complete it in one go – you can usually work on them online and save them for a later date.
- The judging panels are not looking for a press release; they want a well thought-out project plan and a practical budget that balances. It’s a good idea to bounce your ideas off someone else for an objective opinion.
- Most funding panels are comprised of musicians, so bear in mind your peers will be judging it. Don’t be intimidated and don’t lose faith if you get rejected. You can ask for constructive feedback from the organisation and submit an improved application somewhere else.
- If you are using a grant writer, make sure you give them all of the necessary relevant information, and ask them for testimonials from successful applicants they have previously worked for. Need the services of an experienced grant writer? Find one here.
City of Melbourne
Creative Victoria is a government body dedicated to supporting, championing and growing the state’s creative industries, spanning arts, culture, screen, design and more.
Creative Victoria invests in Victorian ideas, creativity and talent, as well as a wide range of creative and cultural organisations, events and projects. We work to raise the profile, reach and impact of Victoria’s creative industries, support the career development of local artists and creative professionals, and ensure that all Victorians benefit from our creative sector – from school kids to businesses.
Creative Victoria administers grants from the Music Works program.
- 2 major funding grant rounds per year
- There are two major funding rounds per year, offering funding from $2,500 up to $75,000, for projects in any of the three Areas of Funding.
- The August 2016 round of Music Works Major Funding Rounds will be accepting applications using the online Creative Victoria Grants Portal from Wednesday 6 July until 5pm, Wednesday 3 August for projects beginning from 1 November 2016.
- Quick response grants
- Quick Response grants from $1,000 to $5,000 for individuals and $1,000 to $15,000 forgroups and organisations are available to cover immediate opportunities in theBuilding Capacity and Connecting to Markets Areas of Funding.
Regional Arts Victoria
Regional Arts Victoria offers a number of funding opportunities for artists, arts organisations and presenters of arts projects throughout the state.
Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. We support Australia’s arts through funding, strengthening and developing the arts sector. Australia Council has developed a new grants model which will support a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity.
APRA AMCOS Music Grants
Each year APRA AMCOS allocates 1.75% of APRA’s distributable revenue to fund hundreds of initiatives across the music industry in Australia and New Zealand, to invest in projects, events and organisations that support, develop and invest in our members’ music.
AsiaLink - Arts Residency Program
Asialink’s Arts Residency Program has provided professional development opportunities for arts professionals working in and across artforms, in exchange for the sharing of skills, knowledge and networks with local host communities.
Australian Government Arts Funding
Each year the Australian Government provides numerous grants and funding opportunities to artists. These primarily cover touring and festivals.
The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. Through our programmes, we give opportunities to people worldwide to learn about British culture and creativity.
Ian Potter Cultural Trust
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust was established in 1993 by The Ian Potter Foundation to encourage and support the diversity and excellence of emerging and early career Australian artists.
PPCA Performer's Trust Foundation
The PPCA Performer’s Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the performing arts. Grants are awarded and can be used for tuition fees, travel costs, accommodation, venue/PA hire, investments in recordings, concerts or festival promotions or staging costs, tour support, artist management expenses, equipment purchases.
The Seed Fund
The Seed Fund is an Australian organisation, philanthropic in nature, we are not for profit and are privately owned. Established by musician John Butler through a donation to the Australian business arts Foundation’s Australia Cultural Fund in 2005, we offer grants annually to bona-fide practicing artists and arts practitioners who are Australian citizens.
Community Heritage Grants
Support for community organisations to preserve their cultural material, including archives and oral history recordings.
Australia-Japan Foundation Grant Program
Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) grants are intended to provide seed funding for innovative proposals relevant to the objectives and objectives and themes of the AJF. These include proposals which demonstrate the potential for the development of long-term links between individuals and institutions in Australia and their counterparts in Japan.
ComPeung Grants (March)
ComPeung AiR offers funding for music and visual artists to take up a residency in Thailand.
The Unified Grant
The UNIFIED Grant, a new initiative to help kickstart the dreams of five creative young Australians each year. Through this scheme we will empower the next generation of the music industry by providing support for those who want to work behind the scenes.
The UNIFIED Grant is open to all those people who want to be a part of the creative industry that supports and builds musicians careers. Whether your specialty is photography, A&R, moving image, web or app development, graphic design, journalism, data analysis or one of the other disciplines that haven’t yet come into focus, it can help you pursue your unique vision.