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Contemporary Music Touring Program

August 14

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until October 1, 2019

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas.  Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for remote and very remote touring (see below).

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.

Closing dates

The Australia Council offers two grant rounds each year for the Contemporary Music Touring Program.

In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. 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.

Who can apply

Funding on a tour by tour basis is available to enable professional musicians 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.

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 CMTP performances of original Australian contemporary music can include a wide range of different musical styles.

Applications must contain one tour only.  The tour must comprise of performances in at least three venues outside of the performer’s hometown and must include at least one performance in a non-metropolitan area. Tours that include a majority of regional destinations or assist performers from regional areas are a priority for funding.

Where over 75% of your itinerary is to remote and/or very remote locations, you are entitled to request additional funding of up to $15,000, to a maximum total grant request of $30,000. 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 this form 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 cap of $15,000 still applies (unless the tour is eligible for additional remote or very remote funding).

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

What can’t you apply for

You can’t apply for the following activity:

  • a tour to less than three venues
  • tours to metropolitan venues only
  • overseas tours or overseas performers
  • tours which are primarily school-based (except for applications seeking remote or very remote touring funds where the school is the primary venue in a remote or very remote location)
  • a series of performances at one festival
  • competitions, such as ‘Battle of the Bands’ events
  • attendance at conferences.



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