Help for new musical acts to reach new audiences

Sydney band 'All Our Exes Live in Texas' - Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts & Georgia Mooney

Sydney band ‘All Our Exes Live in Texas’ – Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts & Georgia Mooney

Ten emerging musicians and bands have shared in $28,000 funding to help them develop new career opportunities in Australia and overseas.

The support was provided under the NSW Government’s Quick Response Funding Program, delivered by Music NSW on behalf of Arts NSW.

The program helps musicians or their managers attend industry conferences, trade fairs and other opportunities to make contacts and showcase new music to top national and international industry figures.

Providing pathways for musicians to break into overseas markets is critical to the growth of the Australian contemporary music industry.

All 10 recipients used the funding to attend the BIGSOUND music conference in Brisbane from 9 to 12 September.

The event gave musicians the chance to showcase their talent and develop contacts with Australian and international music industry leaders.

The musicians and bands awarded funds are:

  • Fanny Lumsden (The Thrillseekers) of Surry Hills: $3,800
  • I Know Leopard of Rosebery: $4,000
  • Louis Calleja and Jamie Croft of Beecroft: $1,000
  • Green Buzzard of Woolloomooloo: $4,000
  • Donny Bennet of Peakhurst Heights $1,400
  • New Venusians of Erskineville: $3,500
  • NGAIIRE of Eveleigh: $4,000 (to also attend the AWME music conference in Melbourne in November)
  • All Our Exes Live in Texas of Newtown: $1,800
  • Michael Hardy of Darlinghurst: $800
  • Le Pie of Newtown: $3,700
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Published: 15 September 2015