New funding for Gold Coast music projects

Activate Music is a new funding opportunity being delivered through City of Gold Coast’s Regional Arts Development Fund.

The grants will support the development of the city’s contemporary music artists and industry.

Funding provides support for projects that build skills and knowledge as well as initiatives that increase employment and create pathways to sustainable music careers.

There’s a total pool of $70,000 available – which means this will be a very competitive program – with three distinct areas of support:

  • New Content Creation:New Content Creation will support the development and recording of new musical works and related audio visual works that strengthen brand awareness including web content, social media and other marketing and promotional channels. It is expected that projects will incorporate strategic commercial release plans.
  • Professional Development:Professional Development grants are designed to build industry capability offering career development opportunities for artists, managers and related music industry professionals. Building capacity through attendance at industry and business training including workshops, conferences, masterclasses and structured mentorships will be considered.
  • New Market Development (Touring):New Market Development will support bands to identify and develop new audiences through regional, national and international touring. Extending networks and connections for Gold Coast acts will enable new markets to be explored and new strategies considered to encourage long term career development.

The program aims to invest in the growth and long-term sustainability of the sector as well as build the City’s music brand, showcasing Gold Coast content locally, nationally and internationally.

There is only one competitive funding round per year and this round closes 14 May. Get more information at

IMAGE: Yes Sir Noceur at Gold Coast Music Awards (c) NJA Photography (Nadia Achilles)

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