In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:
- Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (11:59pm AEDT).
- Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST).
- Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (11.59pm AEDT).
Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.
About the program
Please note: In line with the 2019-2020 Budget measure providing additional funding to the Contemporary Music Touring Program, the guidelines for this grant have changed for the February 2020 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.
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.
Who can’t apply
You can’t apply for a grant if:
- you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
- you owe money to the Australia Council.
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.
Please visit the Australia Council Website for all the relevant application information