Australia Council for the Arts


Key dates

The next closing dates are:

    • Tuesday 2 March 2021 for projects starting after 1 June 2021

    The rounds close at 3pm AEDT on the closing date.

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.



    The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.

    We do not accept applications submitted via post. Applications received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your application online, please contact the grants team.

    The CMTP is open to applications for funding with some fixed-term adjustments to the guidelines to account for COVID-19 conditions. 

    These adjustments take account of:

    • additional costs that may be required for the safe delivery of tours
    • ongoing financial implications of COVID-19
    • acknowledging that in some circumstances physical tours may include a portion of digital delivery.


    Who can apply

    Individuals or organisations may apply to tour live music performances within Australia. Touring musicians must be performing original Australian contemporary music. Funding can be provided to performers, managers, agents, and music networks on behalf of professionals working in the Australian music industry. Applications must contain one tour only.  

    What can you apply for

    Under the Contemporary Music Touring Program, performances of original Australian contemporary music can include a wide range of different musical styles.

    The tour must comprise of performances in at least three venues outside of the performer’s hometown. Tours that include regional and remote destinations, or which assist performers residing in regional and remote areas to tour, are a priority for funding. 

    • If your itinerary contains only metropolitan performances, you may request up to $15,000.
    • If your itinerary contains at least one regional or remote performance, you may request up to $25,000.
    • If 75% of your itinerary is to remote and/or very remote locations, you may request up to $50,000.
    • Please note: The minimum grant amount you can apply for is $5,000.

    The Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) helps determine the regional and remote reach of the tour. To find out if you meet the ARIA rating to qualify for additional funding, begin a grant in the Australia Council's online system. When you get to the 'Outline your project' section, the system will automatically look up the ARIA code once you enter the details of the state, town and postcode of the location you are searching for. To assist in planning your tour, you can download the ARIA Code list from our website to search for the relevant ARIA codes. If you need help with your application, contact a Grants Officer now.

    Joint tours, where two or more independent performers are undertaking the same tour itinerary, are eligible under this program. These should be submitted as a single application. In such cases, the funding caps still apply.

    We encourage the inclusion of additional activities which extend opportunities for community participation, such as workshops, master classes and all-age performances.


    If you need help with your application, contact a Grants Officer now.

    Applications close
    02 Mar 2021
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