APRA AMCOS is offering $2,000 grants to help artists survive through these times.
Under the new Sustainability Fund, members around the globe – at any career stage and within any genre – can apply for a grant that will provide direct financial support to songwriter and composer members in the creation of new music, from purchasing of equipment, to training or simply supporting cash flow.
Launched yesterday, the fund was established in “response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its profound impact on the music industry and the livelihoods of music creators,” reads a statement.
The initial funding pool of $300,000, comes from the APRA Board’s decision to reduce their Director’s fees and combine these with a contribution from APRA AMCOS’ cultural fund.
“The intention for the fund is, very simply, to provide real financial support so that music creators can continue to make new music. This is an investment in them and their endeavours, and I am certain the fund will help bring exceptional new work to life,” said APRA Board Chair Jenny Morris.
To ensure the fund will be able to provide ongoing support to as many members as possible, it is now open to external contributions by third parties wanting to support the long term careers of music creators. Those interested can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get involved.
Applications close Friday 29 May and successful applicants will receive funds at the end of June. For more information, head to the APRA AMCOS website.