Contemporary Music Fund

The Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program will assist homegrown contemporary music artists with projects that enable them to produce and promote their work, building links nationally and internationally.

The program provides funding support to the WA contemporary music sector across a range of activities.


Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply.


Refer to the guidelines for more information before applying.

Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program guidelines

Information sessions for 15k-plus applicants

Only first-time applicants and regionally based 15k-plus applicants can request a draft review before submitting your final application.

Information sessions are scheduled for applicants to meet with Grants Officers to discuss the best approach to their applications. These are walk in/walk out style sessions and appointments are not required. 

Go to Level 2, Gordon Stephenson House, 140 William Street, Perth and enquire with the Reception area.

  • Thursday 30 January 9:30am to 12:30pm, L2.40
  • Thursday 30 January 3:00 to 5:30pm, L2.40
  • Monday 10 February 9:30am to 12:30pm, L2.39
  • Monday 10 February 1:30 to 3:30pm, L2.39 

Funding overview

Always open

Who can apply

Amount available

  • 15k-plus: Over $15,000
  • U-15k: Under $15,000

Funding rounds

Round Open Draft review Close Project start/event dates Category
Open year-round Always open Not applicable Use the business day calculator (XLSX 25 KB) to work out your submission deadline. At least 25 business days after application submission. U-15k
January 2020 09:00 AM 21 Jan 2020 04:00 PM 24 Feb 2020 04:00 PM 5 Mar 2020 1 Jul 2020 15k-plus
May 2020 09:00 AM 5 May 2020 04:00 PM 8 Jun 2020 04:00 PM 18 Jun 2020 1 Oct 2020 15k-plus
September 2020 09:00 AM 1 Sep 2020 04:00 PM 29 Sep 2020 04:00 PM 8 Oct 2020 1 Jan 2021 15k-plus

The Contemporary Music Fund will deliver $3 million into WA's contemporary music sector.

The fund includes $2 million in targeted initiatives and a $1 million grant program.  

Some of the initiatives include:

  • Resources, training and educational tools to be developed by Safer Venues WA to improve inclusivity and personal safety in venues for audiences, artists and industry professionals.
  • Targeted mentoring programs including Girls Rock!
  • NAIDOC Music Awards, a competition highlighting the work on WA Aboriginal music artists.

The fund will improve the representation of Aboriginal, regional, cultural and gender diverse music artists in the industry.

Page reviewed 20 January 2020