SOUND ADVICE: First Nations Grant Advice - MusicNSW
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MusicNSW and Australia Council for the Arts present First Nations Grant Advice – a very special edition of SOUND ADVICE for First Nations artists and industry looking to apply for grant funding. 

If this is you, tune in to this free SOUND ADVICE Crowdcast event from 4–5pm on Tuesday 22 September, as Michael Hutchings and Kirsty Rivers from Australia Council take your questions and arm you with info and advice that’ll help make your application the strongest it can be.

There are a number of Australia Council grant opportunities open to First Nations applicants at the moment, all of which will be covered in this session. They are:

  • First Nations Musician and Band support offering up to $15,000 for First Nations artists;
  • First Nations Music industry Partnerships offering up to $25,000 for First Nations owned and lead music organisations;
  • ARIA-PPCA-Australia Council First Nations Sound Recording Partnership offering five grants of $18,500 for recording new work;
  • Also, the Cherish II Fund offering up to $50,000 for specific activity, and First Nations Emerging Career Development Award offering two grants of $10,000.

Check all the criteria here.

Attendance is free but you must register to gain access to the link.


This session will stream from the stolen land of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We extend our heartfelt respect to elders past, present and emerging. Always was, always will be.

MusicNSW is supported by Create NSW and APRA AMCOS.


Project Manager First Nations, Australia Council for the Arts

Michael works closely on Audience and Market development programs with First Nations artists and organisations across the country. Michael's past arts and music positions include the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander National Representative at APRA AMCOS, Gadigal Music label and studio manager at Gadigal Information Service/Koori radio and Indigenous music manager at Music NSW . Michael also co-manages Sydney based indie pop band Pirra.


Head of Music, Australia Councils for the Arts

Kirsty works closely with artists, organisations, industry and government to support the development of Australian musically locally and internationally and to highlight the value of music and creativity in society. Kirsty has a long and distinguished career working in for and not-for profit music organisations including delivering the ground breaking Music Works program at Creative Victoria, the National Manager for Writer Services at APRA AMCOS and many years in record companies and music retail. She has also served time on board including youth arts and music organisation, The Push, Founding Vice Chair of Music Victoria and community radio PBSFM. Kirsty was three times voted in Australia’s Top 50 Most Influential people in music.