This grant has expired.

This grant has expired and is no longer available. However, please contact Avant Group in case there are alternative grants available or to be informed if this grant will reopen.

Australian musician touring

Contemporary Music Touring Program

  • Applications Open: until 7 March 2023 for projects beginning after 1 June 2023. 5 September 2023 for projects beginning after 1 December 2023.
  • Grants: $5,000 – $50,000

The CMTP (Contemporary Music Touring Program) provides support to national touring activity commenced by Australian musicians presenting original Australian contemporary music.

Tours may consist of a variety of distinctive Australian contemporary music styles. These tours must comprise of performances in at least 3 venues outside the performer's origin.

Tours that are comprised of regional and remote locations, or which support performers residing in remote and regional areas to tour, are prioritised for funding.

Key Requirements

You can submit the following support material with your application:

  1. Artistic support material
    Up to three links to images, written material, audio or video as a current example of your work. Peers may review up to:
    • 10 images
    • 10 pages of written material
    • 10 mins of video or audio recording.
  1. Additional artist information
    A brief curriculum vitae summary or bio of any additional artists included in the project. All bios should be included as a single document and a maximum of two pages in total.
  1. Letters of support
    Where appropriate, you can include up to five letters from proposed participants in support of your project. All letters of support should be included as a single document and a maximum of five pages in total.

What is eligible for funding?

Available funding includes:

  • up to $15,000 if the itinerary contains metropolitan performances only
  • up to $25,000 if the itinerary contains at least one regional or remote performance
  • up to $50,000 if 75% of the itinerary is to remote and/or very remote locations.

What companies are eligible for funding?

  • be either a:
    • touring musician performing original Australian modern music, or
    • performer, manager, agent or music network applying on behalf of professionals working in the Australian music industry
  • not have received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past where the grant hasn’t been satisfactorily acquitted
  • not owe money to the Australia Council.

Is this grant competitive or entitlement based?

Competitive. Your application will be assessed among other applications by a judging panel.

How can I increase my chances of winning this grant?

By engaging an accredited government grants consultant, such as Avant Group.

Competitive grants often require significant business case development and project analysis to support the application, this may include detailed presentations supporting the project’s merit, projected sales, cost-benefit analysis and more.

As part of your engagement with Avant Group, your account manager will assess the required documents and will provide the following as needed to support your grant submission.

Grant application writeup including a detailed presentation illustrating how the grant funding will contribute to your project, how the funding will contribute to the project’s budget, a project milestone plan, delivery timeline, impact on employment if applicable and a breakdown of the management and leadership team for the project

  • Industry analysis presentation
  • Competitor Analysis Presentation
  • Marketing and Sales Analysis Presentation
  • 3-5 year Cashflow Forecast
  • 3-5 year Balance Sheet Forecast
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Grant Funding
  • End-to-end grant application including information collating, analysis and application writing
  • CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) cost-benefit analysis
  • Stakeholder relations and Risk Mitigation Plans
  • Any other relevant forecasting that will support your application

How can I get help with my application? Or know if I’m likely to win funding?

Avant Group offers a no-obligation assessment of your eligibility for funding and will assess your likelihood of a successful grant application.