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MusicNSW funding rounds are closed for 2018.


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Create NSW: Creative Koori – Arts and Cultural Projects
This program supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities and make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of NSW more visible and accessible. Applications open Wednesday 12 September 2018 and close Wednesday 24 October 2018 for projects starting after 1 January 2019 and completed by 31 July 2020.

Create NSW: Artist Support
This program supports professional development opportunities for NSW-based professional artists and arts/cultural workers in skills or market development. You can apply for up to $5,000 for professional, skills or market development activities. Applications for Round 2 will close Monday 21 January 2019, for activities after 1 April 2019.

Australia Council for the Arts: Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups
If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, a Career Development Grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. Career Development grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. The current grant round will close on Tuesday 5 February 2019.

Australia Council for the Arts: Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
The Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than three years from the proposed start date. The current grant round will close on Tuesday 5 February 2019.

Australia Council for the Arts: Arts Projects – Organisations
The Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply. Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than 2 years from the proposed start date. The current grant round will close on Tuesday 5 February 2019.

American Express: American Express Music Backers Program
Over the next 12 months American Express are committing to support the Australian music industry by giving music venues, business, artists and fans the opportunity to share in a grant program valued at $1million. You can submit an application through one of three categories: You have a Music Venue or Business (for venue upgrades, marketing support, business mentoring, etc), You are an Artist or Band (for recording studio time, education sessions, performance opportunities, etc), or You’re a Music Fan (for tickets to gigs, travel expenses to gigs, etc). Applications for grant rounds close on the last day of every month until 31 May 2019.


Regional Arts NSW: Quick Response Grants (QUICKS)
Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding of up to $1,500 for regional artists, arts organisations and communities to respond to unique arts opportunities that present themselves at very short notice.

Create NSW: Artist Support (Quick Response)
This program supports time-sensitive professional development opportunities for NSW-based professional artists and arts/cultural workers. You can apply for up $5,000 for professional, skills or market development activities.

Create NSW: Aboriginal Artist Support (Quick Response)
Aboriginal Quick Response supports professional and market development opportunities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts workers. You can apply for up to $5,000.

PPCA: Performers’ Trust Foundation
Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants of up to $3,000 for an individual or $5,000 for a group or organisation to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and are determined by the four trustees of the trust.

City of Sydney: Quick Response Grants
City of Sydney’s quick response program supports individuals and projects that contribute to increased engagement of individuals and teams in sporting, academic, cultural and environmental fields, improved relative equality, resilience and adaptive capacity of the city’s diverse communities, and enhanced positive social, cultural and sustainability outcomes for local communities related to the support for City strategic priorities. This program accepts applications all year and applicants are required to submit their application 8 weeks prior to the event taking place. Activities should take place within 12 months of the submission date.

City of Sydney: Venue support grants and sponsorships
A number of venues are owned by the City which are available for hire. The venue support grants and sponsorship program provides assistance to community groups and organisations accessing the City’s landmark and community venues for events, concerts, fundraisers, conferences, meetings and community gatherings. The grant is intended for cultural, environmental and community groups and organisations that demonstrate financial hardship.

Live Nation: Women Nation Fund
The Women Nation Fund is a global, early-stage fund investing in female-founded live music businesses.  Its purpose is to provide access to capital for underrepresented female entrepreneurs in the Concert Promotions, Events and Festival space. The fund will accept proposals for businesses in any country or region around the world. Businesses must be female-founded and provide a product or service in the live event space, as specified above.


GYROstream: Big Boost
The inaugural Big Boost competition featured a prize pack (worth $10,000) including flights to Brisbane to record at Airlock studios, professional mentoring, photography and more. The competition is open to both Australian and New Zealand independent artists, and entries close December 2, 2018.

Happy Mag: Needle in the Hay
Needle in the Hay is an annual competition and event run by Happy Mag which champions and empowers emerging Australian bands and musicians at a time they need it most in their careers. Win your album or EP pressed to 12″ vinyl with full colour packaging and over $20,000 in prizes.

Levi’s Music Prize
Artists that have played on the BIGSOUND Festival line-up in the last 5 years (including 2017) can apply for 1 of another 3 x $25,000 prizes, to be judged at the end of the December, March and June quarters each year. At the conclusion of BIGSOUND 2017, an application form will appear on this website that can be completed to be in the running for the other 3 prizes. Each entrant will need to provide a sound business plan to support their intentions and goals, and the winner will be determined by a judging panel including industry experts. The prize will fund up to 80% of the proposed project to a maximum of $25,000.


Indent Event Development Grant 2018

MusicNSW is pleased to announce the Indent Event Development Grants Program for events in 2019. With two levels of funding, the grants support teams of young people who are interested in staging their own all-ages, drug, and alcohol-free music events.

August 9, 2018
5pm, Thursday
September 20, 2018
Early December 2018 January 1, 2019 –
December 31, 2019
Who can apply?

Indent event development grants are open to a group of at least five young people (aged 12-25) in partnership with a support organisation such as a local council or local youth service.

What can you apply for?

Indent Event Development Grants can be used for the costs of running events that are

  • All-ages (music played by and accessible to any age)
  • Drug and alcohol free
  • Created by young people, with young people as the main target demographic
  • Live music events
  • Taking place in NSW

See the Indent Event Development Grant 2018 guidelines for a full list of requirements.

There are two grant levels that can be applied for:

Level 1 Event Development Grants up to $2,500
For first-time Indent teams, with smaller events targeted at a local level.

Suggested events:

  • Band nights
  • Band comps
  • Open mic nights
  • Workshops incorporated with performances

Level 2 Event Development Grants up to $5,000
For Indent Teams that have previously run an event with a Level 1 grant, and can include multiple/larger scale events.

Suggested events:

  • Youth stages at community festivals
  • All-ages regional tours
  • Events mentorship programs
  • Other music events

DOWNLOADIndent Event Development Guidelines
APPLY: Indent Event Development Application

The MusicNSW Indent Event Development Grants Program is funding by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

MusicNSW Opportunity Development Grants Program 2018

Opportunity Development Grant 2018

Performing at an industry showcase this year such as BIGSOUND or Electronic Music Conference? Been asked to be a support band on a big Australian tour? We’re here to help! Apply for our Opportunity Development Grant and we could be covering costs for your flights, accommodation and more!

MusicNSW is pleased to announce our Opportunity Development Grant is open. This program is aimed at supporting musicians and artist managers in developing opportunities whilst attending Australian industry conferences, domestic tours, trade fairs and other career defining opportunities between 9 August 2018 – 1 March 2019, such as BIGSOUND, Electronic Music Conference and more. 

Artists and artist managers are invited to apply for one off funding of $850 per member of the touring party, with a total limit of $5,950 per application (7 people maximum).

The MusicNSW Opportunity Development Grants Program is funded by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

June 18, 2018
(only 1 round in 2018)
BIGSOUND showcasing, tour support slots, EMC conference showcasing, etc 5pm,
August 1, 2018Midnight,
Sunday, August 5, 2018(Extended deadline)
Early October 2018 Projects must occur between 9 August 2018 and 1 March 2019


Before applying, you must read through the 2018 Opportunity Development Grant Guidelines below to ensure you are eligible. Please note the guidelines have changed from previous years.

DOWNLOAD: Opportunity Development Grant 2018 Guidelines
APPLYOpportunity Development Grant 2018 Application Form



Want to put on an all ages music event in Inner Sydney? Need some help? Then apply for a MusicNSW AAA Grant!

MusicNSW and the City of Sydney are thrilled to announce the second-round of the AAA Grants program for all ages events in inner Sydney.

All ages shows are incredibly important to MusicNSW and City of Sydney as they allow young people the chance to explore their passion for live music in safe spaces, as well as being a valuable investment in future live music audiences. Designed to encourage venues, booking agents, musicians and artist managers to present more all ages shows, the All Ages Access Grants (AAA Grants) will provide funding of up to $15,000 per application to cover artist fees, production and promotion costs for events in inner Sydney between 23 October 2017 and 30 April 2018.

Applications are closed for 2017.

AAA Grant Information

Download: AAA Grant Guidelines
Download: AAA Grant Application Form
Submit Applications:

Applications open Monday 3 July 2017
Applications close 5pm Friday 29 September 2017
Announcement of Successful Applicants 9 October 2017
For events between 23 October 2017 –  30 April 2018


MusicNSW & Create NSW present (3)

MusicNSW and Create NSW are pleased to announce a new pilot initiative for touring in regional NSW. Supporting live music in venues across regional NSW, the grant provides funds towards performances fees for touring artists and musicians.

Designed to encourage artists, managers, promoters and agents to support live music in regional NSW, the Regional Touring Grant will provide funding of up to $15,000 per application to cover artist fees, travel costs, marketing and publicity, and production costs to extend a tour to two or more regional locations, or for a new tour of three or more regional locations in NSW between 27 October 2017 and 2 March 2018.

Regional Touring Grant 2017 Information

DOWNLOAD: Regional Touring Grant Guidelines
APPLY: Regional Touring Grant Application

Applications open 9am Monday 10 July 2017
Applications close 5pm Friday 1 September 2017
Announcement of Successful Applicants Late October 2017
For events between 27 October 2017 – 2 March 2018

For further information contact or give us a call on (02) 9953 5279.

MusicNSW offers several funding programs which are currently in development and will be opening soon.

Become a MusicNSW Member to be kept up to date with new grants and get access to our special member offers.