Amy Shark has been making enormous waves over recent months. On the back of a win at the Queensland Music Awards, three finalist spots at the Gold Coast Music Awards and one million Spotify streams of her song Adore, she’s been signed to a major label, bagged a management deal, banged out a killer Like a Version on triple j and even got an invite to the ARIAs.
You know what helped her find her feet? A RADF grant did. Amy received funding in the 2015-16 round of funding to record her ground-breaking single Adore. The track (and many years hard work prior) shot her to stardom with nearly 3 million Spotify streams, and hundreds of thousands of youtube views for the video.
RADF is the Regional Arts Development Fund.
RADF funding opens in January and is managed through a two-step process. First, you submit your project outline and budget and meet face-to-face with the RADF committee. Then if you’re shortlisted, you’ll submit a detailed application for assessment.
Applications are also now open for Germinate, which is administered across three streams. One stream is for projects up to $5000 for early and developmental stages of work. Another stream is for activities up to $5000 like strategic planning and professional development. And one is for up to $2500 in support for cultural leaders to participate in professional activity that will enhance skills or see them work with peers and mentors.
Be like Amy. Get more information including guidelines and application information at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/radf.