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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 that you can apply for. We have also provided a list of Victorian and National funding bodies and organisations who can offer funding assistance. Good luck!
Last updated 22 May 2024

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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.