Roots, reggae, country music and jazz tours will take emerging artists to venues across regional and metropolitan Australia under the latest round of Contemporary Music Touring Program funding.
Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced that 23 successful applicants would receive funding of $294,037 under round 21 of the program.
“This funding will ensure that audiences in our regional communities don’t miss out on seeing great performances by some of Australia’s top emerging artists,” Mr Crean said.
“Of the 359 performances, 251 will be in regional Australia and the remaining 108 at metropolitan venues.
“The Australian Government is committed to encouraging and increasing opportunities for emerging contemporary artists to tour, and in particular to regional and remote parts of Australia.
“I’m particularly pleased to see artists presenting workshops and forums during the course of these tours. It provides an excellent opportunity for the artists to step down from the stage and connect with the communities they are visiting,” Mr Crean said.
The Program supports touring opportunities for Australian musicians, and aims to increase audience access to live and original Australian contemporary music, particularly in regional and remote Australia.
For more information on the Program and a full list of the 23 successful applicants visit: www.arts.gov.au/arts/cmtp