+MusicNSW’s Opportunity Development Grants

+Funding opportunities

+Competitions, awards and prizes

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+MusicNSW’s All Ages Access (AAA) Grants

+MusicNSW’s Regional Touring Grants


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, 2018
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


Open Now

City of SydneyNight Time Diversification Grant
City of Sydney’s night-time diversification grant supports new events and activities to help your business attract customers in the evenings. This grant supports your business to trial new evening events and activities that add to your regular daytime services. You can apply for up to $30,000 matched cash funding for projects. Applications close 5pm 23 July 2018.

City of SydneyLive Music and Performance Grant
City of Sydney’s new live music and performance grant provides support for capital investments to introduce or improve related programming. The program is open to not-for-profit and for-profit organisations as well as businesses in Sydney. You can apply for up to $30,000 matched cash funding for projects. Applications close 5pm 23 July 2018.

Create NSW: Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund
This program supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW and make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of regional NSW more visible and accessible. Individual professional Aboriginal artists can apply for up $5,000. Partnerships, groups and organisations can apply for up to $20,000. Applications will close Monday 24 September 2018. Projects must start after 1 January 2019 and be completed by 31 December 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 1 will close Monday 13 August 2018, for activities after 15 October 2018. Applications for Round 2 will close Monday 21 January 2019, for activities after 1 April 2019.

Create NSW: NSW Music Fellowship
This program supports NSW artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers to undertake self-directed professional development programs or significant opportunities to support their personal, creative and career advancement. You can apply for $30,000 for an Artform Fellowship. Applications will close Friday 17 August 2018 for activities starting after 1 January 2019.

Create NSW: Arts and Cultural Projects
This program supports professional arts and cultural projects at any stage of the creative process. You can apply for up to $60,000 for projects delivered within 12 months or up to $75,000 for projects delivered within 24 months. Applications will close Wednesday 12 September 2018 for projects starting after 15 January 2019.

Create NSW: Regional Arts Touring
This program supports projects that provide access to arts and culture for audiences living in regional NSW. Funding is available for tours of all artforms, including performing arts, music and multi-arts. You can apply for up $200,000. Applications will close Friday 3 August 2018 for tours starting after 1 November 2018.

Create NSW: Regional Partnerships
This program supports significant and long-term partnerships in regional NSW that will stimulate and leave a legacy of strong and diverse regional arts and cultural activity. This funding supports strategic partnerships across and beyond the arts and cultural sectors, including those with local government authorities or other public, private or community organisations.You can apply for up $150,000 over two years. Stage 1 Expressions of Interest (EOI) will close Monday
27 August 2018. Stage 2 Final Applications will close Monday 1 October 2018. Projects must commence after 1 January 2019 and be completed by 31 December 2020.

Create NSW: Arts and Cultural Organisations Program
This program supports an annual program of multiple arts and cultural activities delivered throughout the calendar year. Funding can contribute to any aspect of the program. Organisations can apply from $10,000 to $150,000. Applications close Friday 10 August 2018 for activities from 1 January to 31 December 2019.

Australia Council for the Arts: Contemporary Music Touring Program
The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas.  Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for remote and very remote touring. The current grant round will close on 2 October 2018 for projects starting after 1 January 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. The current grant round will close on 2 October 2018 for projects starting 1 January 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 2 October 2018 for projects starting 1 January 2019.

Regional Arts NSWCountry Arts Support Program
CASP is an annual small grants program administered by Regional Arts NSW (RANSW) on behalf of Create NSW. The aim of the Country Arts Support Program is to support community arts and cultural development in regional NSW. Applications close Friday 3 August 2018.

Regional Arts NSWRegional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Grants
The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia and meets the strategic priorities of supporting participation in, and access to, the arts and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. Applications close Friday 10 August 2018.


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 Grants
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 Quick Response Grants
Aboriginal Quick Response supports professional and market development opportunities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts workers.

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.

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.


VB Hard Yards
Brewer Victoria Bitter is bringing back VB HARD YARDS, putting three bands (one each from QLD, NSW/ACT and VIC) on the road in October. The lineup will be announced in August, with winners getting to play shows in Melbourne, Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney (with flights and accomodation included) plus $5000 cash, a pre-paid rehearsal room, professional press shots and exposure via Hard Yards media. Entries close 15 July 2018.

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 Grants Program (Closed for 2017)

MusicNSW is pleased to announce the Indent Event Development Grants Program for events in 2018. 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. 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.

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

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.

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.

October 27, 2017 December 1, 2017 Early February 2018 February 16 2018 – December 31 2018

DOWNLOAD: Indent Event Development Guidelines
APPLY: Indent Event Development Application



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.

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