PPCA - Australia Council Partnership

PPCA and Australia Council announce sound recording grant recipients

Today the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts announce the five newest recipients of $15,000 grants to assist with the creation of new sound recordings.The partnership between the two organisations began in 2013 and has, as of this year, provided support to over 40 new Australian recordings across a diverse range of genres.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, congratulated the recipients of this year’s Australia Council and PPCA grant program.“These grants provide a boost for emerging artists to professionally record and promote new Australian music. 

The Australian Government is a proud supporter of the program, which is a great example of Government and the private sector coming together to invest in Australia’s diverse and vibrant music scene.”

Read more 

Applications are now closed.

Applications close:  Monday 2 March 2020 at 11.59pm AEDT for projects starting after 1 June 2020.

Amount: $15,000

Notification of decisions: late May 2020

Please note: Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

About the opportunity

The PPCA-Australia Council partnership to support Australian artists to create new sound recordings.

You may apply for any costs primarily associated with the creation of a sound recording, which may also involve costs associated with the promotion of that recording.

PPCA represents thousands of Australian recording artists when their music is used in public. In 2018 PPCA distributed $43.15 million to its registered artists and record labels. It is free for Australian artists to register with the PPCA.

The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. The Council supports artists and arts organisations to create and present artistically adventurous work.


Who can apply 

Only individuals are eligible to apply. If you are part of a group, you may nominate one of the members to apply on behalf of the group.

You must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident. 

We encourage applicants to also register with the PPCA.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply for this opportunity if:

  • you received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to the Australia Council.

Assessment criteria 

1.  Artistic Merit

Industry advisors will consider the artistic merit of the recording outlined in the Expression of Interest. They may consider:

  • the significance of the work
  • the quality of work previously produced
  • public or peer response to work previously produced.

2.  Diversity

Industry advisors will consider the potential of the recording to reflect the diversity of music practice in Australia. They may consider:

  • the diversity and quality of the people and partners involved
  • the potential of the proposed activity to engage diverse audiences.

3.  Viability

Industry advisors will consider the viability of your Expression of Interest. They may consider:

  • the relevance and timeliness of the proposed activity
  • the skills and artistic ability of the people involved and their relevance to the proposed activity
  • whether the planning is realistic and achievable
  • the role of any partners involved.

Assessment process

Industry advisors will rate Expressions of Interest according to the selection criteria above. 

Post-assessment application feedback is not available for this opportunity.

Support material

1.  Artistic support material:

Please submit up to three URLs providing audio or audiovisual examples of your recent work. The industry advisors may review up to 10 minutes of video or audio recording.

2.  Letters of confirmation:

Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters of confirmation in support of your project. The letter should confirm that the person, group or organisation will be involved in your project, and set out in detail how they will be involved. You may submit up to five URLs providing letters of confirmation, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

Please note you will not be able to upload files to your application. Instead you must provide URL links to the support material.

To find out more about support material, including advice on how to upload examples of your work online, please see our support material information page.

In some circumstances we will accept support material in another format. Contact a grants officer if you wish to discuss support material requirements.

A print friendly MS Word file can be accessed here.  

Contact Us

If you need help with your application, contact a grants officer now. 

Exit off canvas