MusicNSW, through support received by Arts NSW, are pleased to announce a new quick response grant program to support artists and artist managers in developing export opportunities whilst attending Australian industry conferences, trade fairs and other events in 2011.

Widely identified as a critical area in the growth of contemporary music, export opens pathways for artists to career longevity and sustained audience development. This new funding has been established to support artists in capitalising on career defining opportunities.

MusicNSW’s Executive Officer Eliza Sarlos said, “after years of having been able to offer spot funding to artists for specific opportunities, it’s great to be able to announce a strong investment in developing artist’s careers regardless of the opportunity. We’re thrilled to be supporting the growth of sustainable careers in contemporary music through this funding.”

Artists and artist managers are invited to apply for one off funding of up to $650 per member of the touring party (artists and artist managers only) up to a limit of $4000.

Applications are open now, and are due on August 30, 2011, September 30, 2011 and October 30 2011 (with all projects to be completed by December 31, 2011).

This program focuses on attendance at Australian conferences and trade fairs as a means to developing relationships in international markets prior to travelling overseas, and to assist in the development of business skills and a national audience. It is also available to support career-defining opportunities that would otherwise be cost prohibitive to artists, which may consist of major support opportunities or other key showcase events.

Submissions can only be made by artists (and/ or their managers) based in NSW. All applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residence status in Australia.