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Contemporary Music
Touring Program

Planning a tour? Applications for the first round of Australia Council for the Arts - Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) are open now, closing on 5 February.

The CMTP supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas. Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for remote and very remote touring.

A number of Queensland artists have received funding through the program in the last couple of years, including Jackie Marshall, Tia Gostelow, Karl S. Williams and The Ironing Maidens.


The Australia Council offers two grant rounds each year for the Contemporary Music Touring Program.

In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.


Funding on a tour by tour basis is available to enable professional musicians to tour live music performances within Australia. Touring musicians must be performing original Australian contemporary music. Funding can be provided to performers, managers, agents, and music networks on behalf of professionals working in the Australian music industry.

For more information and to submit your application, click below.

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