Current Grants & Funding

Current Grants and Opportunities in Victoria

Music Victoria does not distribute grants, but there are numerous funding opportunities available to musicians and businesses 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 Port Phillip / Quick Response Grant Program / Close 30 May
City of Yarra / Small Project Grants / Close 30 May
Hume City Council / Event Sponsorship Program – Round 2 / Close 31 May
Creative Victoria / Creative Neighbourhood Infrastructure Support Program / Close 2 June
Creative Ballarat / Creative Inspiration Grant / Close 3 June
Cardinia Shire / Cardinia Arts Grants / Close 5 June
Sidney Meyer Fund / Sidney Meyer Creative Fellowships / Close June 5
Australia Council for the Arts / Playing Australia Project Investment / Close 7 June
City of Melbourne / 2023 Annual arts grants / Close June 15
Business Victoria / Small Business Ventilation Program – Ventilation Rebate / Close 24 June
Business Victoria / Small Business Ventilation Program – Ventilation Grant / Close 24 Jun
City of Ballarat / Creative Inspiration Grant / Close not specified
Australian Government / Live Music Australia Program / Opening later in 2022
Regional Arts Victoria / Regional Arts Fund / Various closing dates
PPCA / Performers’ Trust Foundation / Ongoing
Support Act / Non-COVID Crisis Relief Grants / Apply anytime

Current Financial Support

Victorian Energy Compare / Energy Bill Assistance / Close 30 June
Services Australia / Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment / Close not specified
Jobs Victoria Fund / Wage Subsidies / Close not specified

First Nations

Lifeline / 13 Yarn Crisis Hotline / Ongoing

Other Opportunities

Professional Development
City of Yarra / Opportunity to improve access to your Art / Close 30 May
Victorian Government / Ready for Growth / Close 1 June
Accessible Arts / Disability Confidence Training / Close 8 June
Accessible Arts / Accessible Exhibition Design / Close 15 June
Accessible Arts / Accessible Festivals and Events / Close 13 July
Yarra City Council / Community Training / Ongoing
Accessible Arts / Training Services / Ongoing

Victoria Together / Submit Your Content / Close not specified
Radio Eastern 98.1 FM / Talent Search Competition / Ongoing
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

Commissions, Residencies & Fellowships
Bundanon / 2023 Artist in Residence / Close 6 June
National Library of Australia / National Folk Fellowship / Close 21 June
Jacky Winter Places / Residency Program / Close 24 June
Melbourne Fringe / Registrations / Close 1 July
Melbourne Fringe / Fringe Fund / Close not specified

2022 Paul Lowin Prize / Nominations / Close July 7
Melbourne Prize for Music / Melbourne Prize for Music 2022 / Close July 11
Melbourne Prize for Music / Beleura Emerging Composers Award 2022 / Close July 11
Melbourne Prize for Music / Professional Development Award 2022 / Close July 11
ALWAYS LIVE / The Dig EOI / Close July 29
Happy Mag / Needle in the Hay Vinyl Competition / Close Oct 28
Geelong Arts Centre / Community Fuel / Ongoing
BIGSOUND / Artist Applications / Close not specified
Green Music / There’s No Music on a Dead Planet Fundraiser / Close not specified
ACMI Conflux Summit / Expression of Interest / Close not specified
Victorian Managed Insurance Authority / COVID-19 Event Insurance / Close not specified
Victorian Government / Victorian Dining and Entertainment Program / Close not specified
Music Victoria / Free Wellbeing Support Session / Ongoing

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.
  • ArtsHub‘s Artists Essentials Toolkit contains a video resource that explores the ins and outs of grant writing. This video acknowledges that language and literacy issues can impact on some people’s ability to write a grant application and offers some advice to help navigate those issues.