OPPORTUNITY: Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant has asked NSW musicians to apply for the Opportunity Development Grants Program.
OPPORTUNITY: Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant has asked NSW musicians to apply for the Opportunity Development Grants Program. Mike Knott BUN301014CONCERT1

Local musos: Ask Minister Grant for a music grant

LOCAL musicians wanting to promote and showcase their talents to overseas producers, or develop contacts that could open the door to an international music career, have been invited to apply for NSW Government funding.

Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant has asked NSW musicians to apply for the Opportunity Development Grants Program, designed to help local musicians and their managers develop the business and networking skills required to make it onto the world stage.

"Musicians can apply for funding to help them land major tour support slots, take advantage of a unique performance opportunity or attend workshops that develop the professional skills necessary to operate at an international level," Mr Grant said.

"This funding can be used to bring our musicians to the attention of notable producers, presenters and industry professionals with overseas connections.

"The success of local artists in overseas markets helps Australia's contemporary music industry grow and evolve.

"The NSW Government wants to help get our musicians ready to take on the world and I urge talented musicians to submit an application."

Musicians can apply for up to $850 for each person named in an application, to a maximum total of $5500 per group. Applications will be accepted from musicians and artist managers who have been primarily resident in NSW for at least 12 months prior to the closing date. All applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residency status in Australia.

Round 2 applications close on Tuesday, September 6.

Full application details are available at www.musicnsw.com.

The program is administered by MusicNSW on behalf of the NSW Government.