PPCA Sound Recording Partnership

Applications are now closed.

Applications close: Tuesday 13 April 2021. The round closes at 3pm AEDT on the closing date.

Amount: $15,000

Earliest start date: 1 July 2021

Please note: To apply you must be registered in our Application Management System a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 6 weeks after the closing date.

About the opportunity

The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts will deliver a grant partnership, the PPCA Sound Recording Partnership.

This partnership will support five Australian artists or groups to create new sound recordings.

There are five grants of, $15,000 (ex GST) each, available.

The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) represents thousands of Australian recording artists when their music is used in public. In 2019 PPCA distributed almost $50 million to its registered artists and record labels. It is free for Australian artists to register with PPCA.

PPCA will also support the grant scheme by providing the recipients with guidance and assistance on registering with PPCA, in order to maximise their opportunities to access public performance and broadcast income from the recordings created.

Need help with your application?

Contact Artists Services:

  • with any questions about this program
  • to apply in a different format like video, or in a language other than English
  • to speak to a First Nations member of staff
  • if you have any other access or support needs.


Who can apply

  • This opportunity is available for individuals working solo or as part of group. If you are part of a group, you must nominate a member to apply.
  • The applicant must be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident and a practicing artist or industry professional.
  • 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.

What can be applied for?

The applicant can apply for any costs associated with the creation of a sound recording, including marketing and promotion costs.

Assessment criteria

Your proposal will be reviewed by Industry Advisors against the assessment criteria.

In your application, you must address the three assessment criteria listed below. Under each criterion are bullet points indicating what the advisors may consider when assessing your application. You do not need to response to every bullet point.

1. Artistic Merit

Industry Advisors will assess the artistic merit of your proposal. They may consider:

  • significance and quality of the work
  • the potential sector impact and timeliness of the project
  • quality of previous work
  • the potential impact and timeliness of the project on the artist(s) career
  • responses to previous work from artistic or cultural peers, or the public.

2. Diversity

Industry Advisors will consider the potential of the recording to reflect the diversity of music creation in Australia. They may consider things such as:

  • 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 assess the viability of your proposal. They may consider:

  • skills and ability of artists, industry professionals, collaborators or partners involved, and their relevance to the proposed activity
  • demonstration of realistic and achievable planning
  • demonstration of proposed marketing and audience engagement strategies
  • the role of any partners, including confirmation of involvement.

Support material

We do not accept application-related support material submitted via post. Application-related material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your support material online or need advice on what type of material to submit, please contact Artists Services.

Please note you will not be able to upload files to your application. You must provide your support material via URLs (weblinks). You can provide up to four URLs that link to content relevant to your proposal. These four links may include video, audio, images or written material.

What you should provide

You should submit support material with your application via URL. The Industry Advisors may review this support material to help them gain a better sense of your project. Please note: our Industry Advisors will not access any URLs that require them to log in or sign up to a platform. Please do not provide links to Spotify or other applications where there is a requirement for users to log in or pay for access.

If you are linking to media files that are private or password protected like Vimeo, please provide the password in the password field on the application form.

1. Artistic support material:

Please submit up to three URLs providing audio or audio-visual examples of your recent work. The Industry Advisors may review up to 10 mins of video or audio recording.

2. Letters of confirmation:

Please submit one URL providing up to five letters of confirmation, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters of confirmation in support of the project. These letters should confirm that a person, group or organisation will be involved in your project, and should set out in detail how they will be involved.

Contact Us

If you need help with your application, contact an Artists Services Officer now.

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