Currently several opportunities to showcase domestically exist. We would always recommend attending a local showcase event prior to embarking on international trade missions – these events present cost effective opportunities to access both local and international industry in a more direct environment than is offered at the larger, international events.
If you’re considering attending one of these events, either as a showcase artist or as a delegate, and are unsure of the benefits it will hold for you get in touch with MusicNSW to discuss your options further.
AWME(the Australasian World Music Expo): Melbourne, November annually.
BIG SOUND: Brisbane, September annually.
FUSE: Adelaide, February annually.
iNTune: Darwin, September annually.
SONG SUMMIT: Sydney, June biannually.
SOUND SUMMIT: Newcastle, October annually.
WAMIs: Perth, May annually.
Before considering traveling internationally to attend or showcase at one of the many, very valuable international showcase and conference events we highly recommend identifying the objectives you have for your attendance, and how you realistically intend on meeting those objectives.
Once you’ve done that and you’re satisfied the result – talk with both MusicNSW and Sounds Australia about the value of your attendance.
Below is a list of key showcase events internationally. Keep in mind there are many more – some offering quite a niche industry audience that may be more appropriate for what you’re hoping to achieve.
Several funding bodies offer support for market development in international territories.
Arts NSW: Arts NSW has one annual funding program within which artists can apply for assistance for creation and/ or presentation, and strategic industry development. Arts NSW have also recently introduced a quick response funding round to assists artists in taking up opportunities that they couldn’t have planned for within the annual funding program. This includes invitations to international conferences and showcase events.
The Australia Council for the Arts: The Australia Council has two specific funding stream for support for international activities. These are International Pathways and Live on Stage. Note they also run the Track Record funding program for music managers looking to invest more time in their professional and business development.
MusicNSW: Unfortunately MusicNSW has no funding available for international touring.
VISAS AND TAXATION
Each year hundreds of Australian and New Zealand artists perform overseas. Th Australia Council for the Arts, in collaboration with Creative New Zealand, have developed a guide, which helps navigate the sometimes complex processes surrounding visas, work permits and taxes when preparing to tour internationally.
For more information, please download the Australia Council for the Arts’ International Visas and Taxation: a Guide for Performing Arts Organisations in Australia and New Zealand, through clicking, here.