Composers: apply for an Art Music Fund grant

Wednesday, 02 Dec 2020

(2020 Art Music Fund recipient Aviva Endean, photo by Max Milne)

Ten grants of $5,000 on offer
New, simpler application

Applications for the 2021 Art Music Fund are now open. Australian and New Zealand art music composers are encouraged to apply for a $5,000 grant via a new, simpler application process. There are ten grants available.

  • An initiative of APRA AMCOS with the Australian Music Centre, the fund is available for the creation of commissioned work that is innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field.
  • The intention is to support composers to create works with a long artistic life.
  • Art Music is broadly categorized as contemporary classical, contemporary jazz, experimental, or sound art.
  • The ten grants of $5,000 are intended as a contribution towards the commission of the proposed work.

As the Art Music Fund heads into its sixth round of funding in a very different world than we lived in a year ago, we have changed the requirements and the application process to allow for more flexibility. We understand plans might need to adapt and change, but the aim of the fund remains the same: to help foster the brave and bold new work that our composer members are undertaking.

What you will need to apply

There are a few things you’ll need for your Art Music Fund application – in addition to being an APRA member, Australian composers need to be a financial member Australian Music Centre.

If you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and are not in a position to join, or renew your AMC membership, please contact:

A plan

What do you want to write? What are you going to do with it? How are you going to do that?

Presentation partners 

Who have you built relationships with that will help you create and present your work? This could be performers, broadcasters, festival organisers, record labels, publishing companies, artistic directors of ensembles and venues.

Recordings of previous work 

We want to hear what you’ve done and understand how you work.

More info on guidelines, previous recipients, and further criteria here.

Key dates:
Applications are due at the close of 5:00PM 16 February 2021 (AEDT
Successful applicants notified: End of April 
Acquittal: Grants must be acquitted within five years
Contact: Cameron Lam, Art Music Specialist via

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