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The Activate Music Grant supports the development of the Gold Coast’s contemporary music artists and industry. Funding provides support for projects that build cultural capacity, increase employment and create pathways to sustainable music careers.

The Activate Music Grant program aims to:

  • support the career development of Gold Coast contemporary musicians and related industry professionals
  • build the City of Gold Coast’s music brand, showcasing Gold Coast content locally, nationally and internationally
  • invest in the growth and long term sustainability of the Gold Coast music sector.

The Activate Music Grant is available to Gold Coast music practitioners from all genres and career stages and industry professionals including managers, publicists and booking agents.

Activate Music offers 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.

Funding available:

Total funding of $70,000 is available.


Applications are now open and close 14 May 2018. Applicants will receive notification of the outcome approximately six weeks from the date of submission.

Questions? Contact: cultural@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or call 07 5581 6075

Read the ACTIVATE program guidelines and apply online:

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