Contemporary Music Fund

The Contemporary Music Fund assists homegrown contemporary music artists with projects that enable them to produce and promote their work, along with building links nationally and internationally.

The State Government has extended its commitment to the Contemporary Music Fund (CMF) with an additional $3 million over 4 years through to 2025. This is welcomed support for WA’s contemporary music industry and will aid its recovery from the effects of COVID-19.  

The CMF will continue to consist of a grants program and targeted initiatives, with the objectives to:

  • capitalise on available opportunities for the contemporary music sector
  • contribute to the development of markets for WA music locally, nationally and internationally
  • ensure a strong representation of musicians and music professionals from Aboriginal, regional, cultural and gender diverse backgrounds
  • accelerate the recovery of the WA contemporary music sector following the effects of COVID-19.

2018 to 2021 CMF targeted initiatives (selection)

  • Safer Venues WA — improving inclusivity and personal safety in contemporary music venues 
  • Stompem Ground Festival in Broome
  • NAIDOC Music Awards
  • Targeted mentoring programs including GirlsRock!
  • Professional development opportunities including the BIGSOUND Conference
  • Regional Recording Programs.



Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply.

Funding overview

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Always open

Who can apply

Amount available

  • 15k-plus Grants: Over $15,000
  • U-15k Grants: Under $15,000


You must read the guidelines before submitting an application as they provide essential information.

Contemporary Music Fund guidelines

Funding rounds

Category Round Open Draft review Close Project start/event dates
U-15k Grants Open year-round Always open Not applicable Use the 25 Business Day Calculator (XLSX 25 KB) to work out your submission deadline. At least 25 business days after application submission.
15k-plus Grants September 2021 9:00am 31 August 2021 4:00pm 4 October 2021 4:00pm 14 October 2021 1 February 2022
15k-plus Grants January 2022 9:00am 11 January 2022 4:00pm 7 February 2022 4:00pm 17 February 2022 1 August 2022
15k-plus Grants May 2022 9:00am 3 May 2022 4:00pm 31 May 2022 4:00pm 9 June 2022 1 October 2022
15k-plus Grants September 2022 9:00am 16 August 2022 4:00pm 15 September 2022 4:00pm 22 September 2022 1 February 2023

Successful applications


Page reviewed 16 May 2022