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Art Music Fund guidelines
(for the 2021 application round - now closed)


  1. While applications may commit a number of parties (performers, ensembles, recording companies, composers etc.) to the project, the Applicant must be a composer. The term “composer” is used inclusively, covering anyone involved in the creation of a work, including:
  • Sound artists
  • Improvisers
  • A team of creative collaborators

In applications involving multiple creators, one of the collaborators must be identified as the primary contact for the application (The Applicant).

2. The Applicant must be a member of APRA, Australian composers must also be a financial member of the Australian Music Centre

3. An individual composer may submit no more than one application per annual funding round.

4. Previous recipients of the Art Music Fund are not eligible to apply until their previously funded project has been acquitted.

5. If successful, the Applicant must take responsibility for successfully administering the relationships between all parties throughout the project.

6. If successful, the Applicant will be the recipient of the Grant funds, and be accountable to APRA AMCOS for the expenditure of Grant funds. The Art Music Fund cannot be auspiced by another party.


7. The Art Music Fund exists to commission new work that is innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field. These works must have committed partners to ensure the work is presented multiple times with the intention to create a long artistic life for the work and by extension its composer.

8. The Fund supports a wide range of music styles including the following:

  • Notated composition
  • Electroacoustic music
  • Improvised music, including innovative, original jazz
  • Sound art
  • Installation sound
  • Multimedia, web and film sound and music
  • Theatrical, operatic and choreographed music

Please note: the Art Music Fund is not intended to support popular and rock music, nor folk and traditional music

9. All applicants will be asked to explain how their arts practice aligns with Art Music (broadly categorized as contemporary classical, contemporary jazz, experimental, or sound art).


10. The criteria on which applications will be assessed are:

  • Innovation (How the work develops the applicant’s practice)
  • Excellence & Compositional Craft (The quality of the work)
  • Viability (The viability of the proposed project)
  • Reach & Impact (The quality of the presentation and exposure plan)

11. Applications must incorporate both the creation of the composition and subsequent exploitation of it, extending its life and reach. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate partnerships between the composer and ensembles, performers, presenters, producers, recording companies etc.

Funding and expenses

12. The Art Music Fund will award ten $5,000 grants. These grants are intended as a contribution towards the commission of the proposed work.

13. The Art Music Fund is not intended to fund an entire project. It is intended to cover the cost of commissioning the work, thus reducing the overall project cost and providing certainty to composers.


14. The works proposed for grant funds must be new works. Arrangements or re-workings of existing works are not eligible. Composition of proposed works should not begin before 1 May 2021.

15. The full scope of works will be eligible from small solo works through to chamber and large-scale ensemble and/or orchestral works, theatrical works, operatic works, choreographed works and soundscapes.

Life and reach of work

16. Applications must demonstrate a commitment to a broad exploitation of the work – via multiple live performances and/or recordings, broadcasts, digital dissemination etc. Full details of the exploitation must be included in the application.

17. Proposals will be viewed favourably if:

  • Any aspect maximises the opportunities to further expose the work; increase the life of the work; and deliver a return on investment (royalties) to the composer
  • The recording of the work is included in the exploitation program
  • International performance, broadcast and other exploitation avenues are included

Project planning

18. Applications must be carefully planned to synchronise with relevant lead times such as those required by orchestras, festivals, record labels. This planning should be demonstrated within the application.

19. Applications must demonstrate planned, viable completion of the creation and overall project within a maximum five-year time frame.


20. Applications must demonstrate a commitment to promoting and documenting the project (if successful), and the Art Music Fund generally, via social media and other methods.

Support material

21. Applications must be supported by sample recordings of other works created by the Applicant to demonstrate artistic practice, however no scores will be accepted.

  • Applications may be supported by no more than three works/recordings.
  • Sample recordings must be no longer than a combined total of 10 minutes in duration (for one, to up to three works)

22. Applications must clearly articulate the support and commitment of all parties to the proposal, and provide contact details for key partners to confirm.


23. Applications will be assessed by a panel of professionals which might include composers, performers, presenters and others with both local and international expertise in the exploitation of art music.

24. The panel’s determination on the successful applicants will be final and no further correspondence relating to the panel’s selection will be entered into. No feedback will be provided.

Application timeframe

25. Applications for the 2020 Art Music Fund closed at 5:00PM 16 February 2021 (AEDT). Applications for the round opened 17 November 2020.

26. Successful grant recipients will be notified 8-10 weeks after applications close. Updated: recipients have been announced.

27. Successful grant recipients will receive funding within a month of submitting an invoice to APRA AMCOS.


28. All works created via the Art Music Fund must be registered with APRA AMCOS.

29. During project execution, grant recipients must advise APRA AMCOS of any changes in commissioning arrangements, delivery parameters and timeframes.

30. Grant recipients must demonstrate that the commissioned work is completed and that performances and other exploitations of the work have occurred via recordings or other means.

31. Grant recipients must acquit by providing a brief report overviewing the execution of the project pinpointing both successes and challenging factors. The report must demonstrate how the project provided branding and awareness to the Art Music Fund generally and must include budget details outlining how funds were spent within three months of project completion.

If you have any further questions regarding the Art Music Fund, please contact Cameron Lam, APRA AMCOS Art Music Specialist: [email protected].