Wednesday, 19 Aug 2020

Sustainability Fund

Second round of recipients announced

Back in May we announced the Sustainability Fund – created to provide direct financial support to songwriter and composer members in the creation of new music. Members worldwide, at any career stage and working in any musical genre were eligible to apply for a $2,000 grant.

The response to the Sustainability Fund was tremendous. There were 2,471 applications for the $300,000 funding pool, which was made possible by the APRA Board of Directors and a contribution from the cultural fund. 

Additional funding was also generously contributed by Google.org Charitable Giving Fund.

The first round of recipients were announced in June, with 46 NZ members receiving a grant (from 225 recipients in total).

A further AU$200,000 was than added to the grant pool, which meant that a further 100 recipients were then assessed, and can now be announced.

This second round of recipients includes 12 New Zealand members, and they are:

Aly Cook, Andrew Bevins (Monty Bevins), Andrew Wilson (Die!Die!Die!), David Thorpe, Erin Crowley, Greg Churchill, Jol Mulholland, Jon Lemmon, Kylie Price, Maisey Rika, Nick Knox, and Rikki Morris.

You can read more about the Australian recipients, and a breakdown of statistics around all applicants and recipients HERE.

Jana Gibson, Head of Member Services at APRA AMCOS says: “On behalf of the APRA Board and all of us at APRA AMCOS, I wish those recipients a heartfelt congratulations.  

“We saw from the applications how so many of you are undertaking incredible projects whilst also dealing with the detrimental financial impact across all sectors of the music industry, especially live music, due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

We'd like to thank Google.org Charitable Giving Fund for their support, and also thank all of our members for their continued work and creative efforts through this challenging time.

We are working to support members in a number of ways.

If you're experiencing a financial crisis, you're encouraged to apply for an Emergency Grant from MusicHelps.


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