The Australia Council has given $1 million in grant funding to various music projects for the purposes of professional skills development, international touring and showcasing, creative collaborations and new recordings.
In the latest round of International Pathways (grants for international touring) $13, 000 was dispersed around to some incredible Australian acts including: Eagle and the Worm for a ten date tour of the UK and Europe; Holy Balm for a tour of the USA in support of their debut album; The Necks for a tour of Northern Europe; thrash band 4ARM for a 23 date tour of the United States in July (now cancelled), Jinja Safari for a tour of the UK and Europe; and funding for US tours in support of new releases by DZ Deathrays and Strange Talk.
The John Steel Singers, Lanie Lane, Dead Letter Chorus and Henry Wagons were all funded for Live on Stage grants to support them showcasing at international music conferences such as The Great Escape and SXSW.
21 emerging artists were awarded with the $10, 000 ArtStart grant to assist them in getting their creative businesses off the ground, under Skills and Development $15,000 went towards Melbourne association The Push for their songwriting mentorships; $20,000 towards MusicNSW’s innovative festival project Sound Summit and $10,000 to the Lion Mountain Studio in NSW to develop a workshop and mentorship program for emerging artists from migrant and refugee communities.
For more information on other Australia Council funded projects head here.