Current Grants & Funding

Music Victoria does not distribute grants, but there are numerous funding opportunities available to musicians in Victoria. Below is a list of grants that are currently open and are able to be applied for. We have also provided a list of Victorian and National funding bodies and organisations who can offer funding assistance. Good luck!

 CURRENT GRANTS

City of Melbourne / Quick Response Arts Grants / Close Oct 13
Creative Victoria and Arts Access Victoria / Accelerating Cultural Change / Close Oct 25
NBN / 2021 Innovate with nbn™ Grants Program / Close Nov 30
Australian Government / RISE Funding / Close 31 December
Support Act / COVID-19 Crisis Relief Grants / Apply anytime
Support Act / Non-COVID Crisis Relief Grants / Apply anytime
Theatre Network Australia / Crisis Cash for Artists / Close not specified
Sounds Australia / Export Stimulus Program / Opens Jan 2022

CURRENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Victorian Government / The Touring Victoria program / Close 7 Oct
Business Victoria / Business Continuity Fund / Ongoing
Port Phillip Council / Please Don’t Stop The Music Lockdown Assistance Scheme / Close 31 Dec
Victorian Government / Small Business Digital Adaptation Program / Close 5 Dec
Victorian Small Business Commission / Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme – reintroduced / Close 22 Feb
Victorian Government / Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme / Close not specified
Services Australia / COVID-19 Disaster Payment / Close not specified
Services Australia / Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment / Close not specified
Victorian Government / Coronavirus Test Isolation Payment / Close not specified
Victorian Energy Compare / Energy Bill Assistance / Close not specified

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
APRA AMCOS / Vanda & Young Global Songwriting Competition / Close 8 Oct
Australia Council for the Arts / First Nations Art Awards / Close 12 Oct
City of Yarra / Room to Create Studio Program / Close 19 Oct
Australia Council for the Arts / Australia Council Arts Awards 2022 / Close 26 Oct
Australia Council for the Arts / Arts Leaders Program / Close 30 Nov
Australia Council for the Arts / Digital Strategist-in-Residence / Close 7 Dec
Victoria Together / Submit Your Content / Close not specified
Radio Eastern 98.1 FM / Talent Search Competition / Ongoing
Hope Assistance Local Tradies / Lived experience talks and training / Ongoing
Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) /Growing Gender Equity Through Governance Training / 21 Oct
Slowclap / Creative Connector Portal / Ongoing
City of Melbourne / What’s On? (Promote your gig/event) / Ongoing
LISTEN Lists / Audio and Sound Engineers / For Women, GNC people
LISTEN Lists / Artists, musicians, DJs & beat makers / For Women, GNC people
City of Melbourne / Community Use of Town Halls / Apply anytime

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.
  • The Australian Festival Association has also created their own Grant Writing Guide which is available here. This guide is suitable for both those who are completely new to grant writing or for those who are looking for tips on how to refine their already completed application.