ArtStart - MusicNSW

Making the move from studying in the arts to building a professional career in the arts industry can be a challenge. That’s why the ArtStart program, managed by the Australian Council for the Arts, has been created to give financial assistance of up to $10,000 to graduates, helping them make the challenging transition.

The first round of ArtStart funding opens in mid-January 2011

Grants are available for artists in the visual arts, hybrid and media arts, performing arts, music, literature or in community arts and cultural development; who plan to earn income or gain employment in their field. Artstart can fund a career or small business development strategy that might include:

  • creating a portfolio of work
  • marketing yourself
  • setting up studio space
  • paying for business advice
  • disability or cultural awareness training
  • tools of trade
  • mentorship
  • and much more

There’s no age limit for applicants to ArtStart; you just need to have completed (or be about to complete) an eligible arts training at Certificate IV level or above in the three years prior to the ArtStart application closing date.

Round 1: 2 March 2011
Decisions advised: June 2011
Funding period: 1 July 2011 – 30 June 2012