Art Music Fund guidelines - Australia
(for the 2024 application round)
1. While applications may commit a number of parties (performers, ensembles, recording companies, composers etc.) to the project, the Applicant must be a single composer. The term “composer” is used inclusively, covering anyone involved in the creation of a work, including:
- Sound artists
- One of 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.
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 eleven A$7,500 grants (nine for Australia, two for New Zealand). 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.
15. Composition of proposed works should not begin before 1 May 2024.
16. 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.
17. Applicants planning to use Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and/or other indigenous cultural content (such as language, titles, instrumentation, narratives or themes) from outside their own cultural heritage must supply supporting documentation that they have consulted with the appropriate communities and have obtained their permissions to use their cultural content and intellectual property.
Life and reach of work
18. 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.
19. 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
- Other exploitation avenues beyond live performance are included
- The exploitation plan aims to extend the reach of the composer, or develop audiences in new territories (such as interstate or international)
20. 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.
21. Applications must demonstrate planned, viable completion of the creation and overall project within a maximum five-year time frame.
22. 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.
23. 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
24. Applications must clearly articulate the support and commitment of all parties to the proposal, and provide contact details for key partners to confirm their involvement.
25. Applications will be assessed by a panel of professionals which may include composers, performers, presenters and others with both local and international expertise in the exploitation of art music.
26. 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.
27. Applications for the 2024 Art Music Fund will close of 5:00PM 13 February 2024 (AEDT). Applications are open as of 15 November 2023.
28. All applicants including successful grant recipients will be notified 8-10 weeks after applications close.
29. Successful grant recipients will receive funding within a month of submitting an invoice to APRA AMCOS.
30. All works created via the Art Music Fund must be registered with APRA AMCOS.
31. During project execution, grant recipients must advise APRA AMCOS of any changes in commissioning arrangements, delivery parameters and timeframes.
32. 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.
33. Grant recipients must acquit by providing a brief report overviewing the execution of the project pinpointing both successes and challenging factors. The report must also demonstrate how the project provided branding and awareness to the Art Music Fund generally.
34. Grant recipients using Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, and/or other indigenous cultural content (such as language, titles, instrumentation, narratives or themes) from outside their own cultural heritage must also detail their consultation with appropriate communities, evidence of their permission to use their cultural content and intellectual property, and note their share in any work registrations, in their acquittal.
35.Acquittals should be submitted within three months of project completion and must be submitted within five years of receiving the grant.
If you have any further questions regarding the Art Music Fund, please contact Cameron Lam, APRA AMCOS Art Music Lead: [email protected].