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Creativity Australia Seed Scholarships
Applications close 17 March
Scholarships are now available to those wishing to participate in Creative Australia’s With One Voice, a program which aims to build community wellbeing and prevent social isolation through music.

Merlyn Myer Music Commission
Applications close 20 March
Melbourne Recital Centre and the Merlyn Myer Fund are pleased to announce the second Merlyn Myer Music Commission. In 2017 the Merlyn Myer Music Commission will commission an Australian female composer to create a new musical work.

The Community Broadcasting Foundation Development & Operations Grants
Applications close 20 March
The Community Broadcasting Foundation Development and Operations grants aim to maintain, expand and/or strengthen the operations and broadcast capabilities of Australian community broadcasting stations through core support, support for development projects and support for necessary infrastructure.

Hilltop Hoods Initiative
Applications close 21 March
Emerging Australian hip hop and soul artists are invited to apply for the 2017 Hilltop Hoods Initiative to help further their careers. Offering a grant of $10,000 to cover costs associated with manufacturing, promoting and distributing an album or EP, the Initiative is open to APRA AMCOS members who have not yet released a commercial album on an industry recognised label.

Department of Culture and the Arts Grants WA
Applications close 23 March
Applications are open for the Community Engagement Grants Program, 15k-plus category. Grants are available to emerging and established artists, creative industry professionals, arts and cultural workers, community groups, businesses and organisations to undertake a range of activities that have a clearly defined arts or cultural outcome.

Festivals Australia Funding Program
Applications close 24 March
Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Activities can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.

City of Port Phillip Cultural Development Fund
Applications close 24 March
The Cultural Development Fund aims to assist and encourage artists and related organisations to develop and realise creative projects.

City of Stonnington Arts and Cultural Grant Program
Applications close 24 March
The City of Stonnington’s Arts and Cultural Grants Program supports local organisations and art based initiatives wishing to present quality, innovative Stonnington-based activities which enhance the cultural, community and economic development of the City, including festivals and events.

City of Melbourne Triennial Arts Grants 2018-20
Applications close 26 March
Applications for City of Melbourne’s Triennial Arts Grants 2018-2020 are now open. The program supports a diverse mix of arts and cultural organisations, art forms, and contemporary and heritage practices. Small, medium and large arts organisations are encouraged to apply.

Yirramboi Delegation, Australia Council for the Arts
Applications close 28 March
The Australia Council for the Arts is offering presenters and programmers an opportunity to join a delegation to the 2017 YIRRAMBOI First Nations Arts Festival. The delegation will spend the final four nights of the festival immersing themselves in First Nations arts and culture. Delegates will have the opportunity to see and discuss work with colleagues, network and develop curatorial capacity in First Nations arts.

The Catalyst Community Arts Fund
Applications close 30 March
The Catalyst Community Arts Fund supports community-driven arts and culture activities that express local culture and identity and promote the values of community empowerment, social inclusion, respect for diversity and self-determination.

Josh Pyke Partnership
Applications close 31 March
Josh Pyke is partnering with APRA AMCOS to award one lucky Australian musician with a $7,500 grant to help kick-start their musical career.

Country Arts WA – Regional Arts Legacy Grants
Applications close 31 March
The Regional Arts Legacy Grants enables Western Australian regional communities, organisations or individuals to secure funding that will stimulate and support arts activity in all art forms in all nine regions of Western Australia for one to three years.

ArtPlay New Ideas Lab
EOI’s close 31 March
ArtPlay New Ideas Lab provides the opportunity for artists to propose new projects to undertake at ArtPlay as part of our ongoing creative program for children and families.  ArtPlay New Ideas Lab supports proposals between $5000 to $20,000 (artists’ fee together with consumable materials and specialist equipment).

Kingston Arts Grants 2017
Applications close 2 April

The City of Kingston invites individual artists, not-for-profit arts organisations and groups to apply for an Arts Grant as part of the wider Community Grants Program.

The Marten Bequest
Applications close 10 April
Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program
Applications close 12 April
The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience.

Australia-China Council (ACC) 2017/18 Grants
Applications close 21 April
Through this grant program, the Australia-China Council supports projects across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Australia that broaden and strengthen Australia-China relations in education, business, culture and the arts.

State Library Victoria 2017 Fellowships Program
Applications close 23 April
The State Library and its partners are offering 15 fellowships, collectively worth up to $237,000. Among these are specialist fellowships in children’s literature, digital media, visual arts, contemporary art, social history, World War I history and Ukrainian studies.

PPCA – Australia Council Partnership
Applications close 26 April
Expressions of interest are now open for the PPCA-Australia Council partnership to support Australian artists to create new sound recordings.

Churchill Fellowship
Applications close 28 April
A Churchill Fellowship offers Australian citizens the remarkable opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue that they are passionate about. Free Information sessions are being held throughout Australia in March.

Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund
Applications close 28 April
The Cultural Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Copyright Agency. It provides grants to organisations for projects that enrich Australian writing, publishing and the visual arts.

The Cliff Goodchild OAM Scholarship for Professional Music Education
Applications close 28 April
This scholarship provides funding to those wishing to engage with professional music mentors (conductors, brass, woodwind and percussion) alongside a School Band Director within their school context for 12 months.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship 2018
Applications close 1 May
Applications are now open for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship which is recognised as one of the world’s leading orchestral training programs.

Belconnen Arts Centre Artist in Residence Program
Belconnen Arts Centre is developing its seasonal Artists in Residence program and is offering assistance to local artists, writers, performers, new media collaborators and other creative professionals looking to use studio, performance and exhibition space for development and presentation of new work.

Victoria Law Foundation Grants
Victoria Law Foundation is now offering grants funding to arts sector organisations.

Government of Western Australia – Regional Touring Boost
The program aims to increase the number and diversity of professional small to medium arts shows touring regional communities in Western Australia for the next three years. Music shows can apply.

RADF Gold Coast
If you’re a local Gold Coast artist, creative business or organisation, grants are available to bring your big ideas to life through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). In 2016-17, RADF is comprised of three programs – GERMINATE, ACTIVATE and GENERATE.

The Ace & Tate Creative Fund
The Ace & Tate Creative Fund grants funding to emerging artists in order to bring brilliant ideas to life. It supports individuals or collectives working anywhere, in any medium, who take creative risks to break new ground.

Arts Queensland – Queensland Arts Showcase Program
Applications accepted anytime
Provides funding to support individuals, organisations or collectives to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. The funding is administered across three streams:

1. Arts Ignite – funding of up to $60 000 for new works.
2. Arts Illuminate – up to $100 000 to secure acclaimed artists that will engage the community and build local capacity.
3. Arts Impact – up to $60 000 for diverse arts and cultural experiences for Queensland.

Performers’ Trust Foundation
The PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring and can be used to cover tuition fees, travel costs, accommodation and venue hire/ PA hire.

Aboriginal Quick Response Grants
Applications Ongoing
Funding is available to assist Aboriginal artists, organisations and partnerships explore market development opportunities in the creative industries by attending trade fairs and export markets.

Artists in the House
Applications open in February
A new funding initiative to support the engagement of professional performing artists and arts workers for residencies at WA regional performing arts venues and entertainment centres.


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