First Nations Contemporary Music Program: Music Industry Partnerships

Australia Council for the Arts has received funding from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communication through the Office of the Arts to provide grants to the First Nations Music Industry aimed at increasing development opportunities for musicians and bands. The First Nations Contemporary Music program is one of five programs under the Australian Music Industry Package announced in the 2019-2020 Budget.

A competitive grant program for Indigenous contemporary music projects to support the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and bands by providing professional industry-based opportunities such as training, touring, mentoring, performing, recording and promotion, audience and market development. Funding of up to $25,000 of match funding is available.

Your activity should last no longer than 12 months from the proposed start date. Activities can commence from 1 December 2020 and must be completed within 12 months of the start date.

The applicants need to be a First Nations owned and lead arts and or music organisations that can supply music and industry development programs.

The applicant will need to be able to demonstrate that the applied for program is (existing or in the planning stage) is viable and within budget. The applicant will need to show where the remaining budget for the program (not including the applied for amount from the Australia Council) is coming from.

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