Create NSW’s Music Now Funding Workshop [Newcastle] - MusicNSW

Have you got a great idea for one or a series of gigs? Want to program more live music in your bar? Got plans for a music festival? Create NSW are calling on all musicians, venues, promoters and anyone else thinking of putting on live music events in NSW to apply for up to $40,000 in funding from Create NSW’s new Music Now grants program.

Create NSW and MusicNSW have joined forces to walk you through the program in a series of grant writing workshops. Held across NSW, these workshops will help first-time grant writers understand the requirements of government grants, with a focus on the Music Now funding application. From balancing budgets to sourcing support letters, we’ll help you each step of the way to make sure you’re in with the best chance you can get!

About the funding:

The NSW Government through Create NSW and the Office of Responsible Gambling is committing $1million to support the presentation of contemporary live music in NSW. The Music Now Contemporary Live Music Funding program will invest in a program of activities, events or performances that support NSW musicians to present new work and increase participation in live music events across the state. Applicants can request up to $40,000.
Find out more about the Music Now grant here.


What can I bring into the event?

A pen and paper/laptop

We will have printed copies of the SmartyGrants application form for you to refer to on the day. If you would like to familiarise yourself with the online form, please visit:

It is recommended that attendees read through the Music Now Guidelines carefully before attending.

Who can I contact with any questions about the event?

Lachlan Herd | 02 8289 6437 or email


Create NSW’s Funding and Development team | 02 8289 6520 or email