Amount: $600 for Individuals and $1000 for groups

Notification: 11 August 2017

Activity dates: 5 – 8 September 2017

About the opportunity

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for BIGSOUND First Nations Market Readiness program.

Artist programmed to perform need only apply for this grant. 

BIGSOUND is an annual music festival, conference and international marketplace, where the global industry gathers to do business and discover talent.

This program offers tailored support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to attend this key event. Participants will better understand how the music industry works and explore how various strategies are used to showcase and promote their work.

The intention is for future First Nations leaders to better understand how they can take advantage of the opportunities BIGSOUND offers. Each participant will participate in workshops, hear from industry leaders and have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with tastemakers, buyers, agents and other musicians.

The Australia Council will help participants identify good practice, strengthen peer networks, encourage a rethink of current operations and generate new ideas that can be applied to their own work and communities.

The program will suit emerging to mid-career artists interested in building their skills in market and audience development, touring, promotion and community engagement.

The Australia Council will provide assistance to Artist participating in the program.

Individuals will receive $600

Groups will receive $1000

This assistance can support participants Travel, Accommodation and ground transport to and from BIGSOUND. 


Artist programmed to perform need only apply for this grant. 

Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Artist must be available to attend First Nations Market Readiness Workshop.

Note this is an expression of interest and not a grant application. It does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

Artists can be independent or part of a group.

Selection Criteria

Australia Council staff will assess the impact of the opportunity for the individual/group.

They may consider one or more of the following:

  • Level of experience as an emerging or mid-career artist
  • How the opportunity will strengthen your capacity within the sector
  • Clear and concise professional goals to explore your career development.

Applicants are encouraged to respond to the selection criteria in the ‘About your project’ section of the EOI. 

You must confirm your participation at BIGSOUND 2017 in writing and commit to the program over the specified period between 3 and 8 September 2017.

A detailed schedule of activities will be produced closer to the date. 

Supporting material

You are not required to submit a budget with your expression of interest. 

Artist will be required to complete a survey about their experience post program.

Selection process

Expressions of interest are assessed against a framework considering the overall mix of participants necessary to reflect a diverse range music genres and experience.

EOI will close at 5pm, 11 August 2017

You will be informed of the outcome of your expression of interest by 18 August 2017.

No acquittal will be required.


To discuss your expression of interest, please contact Shannon Williams, Capacity Building First Nations Project Officer, 02 9215 9058  

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