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Soundclash - new music funding grant from Australia Council

'Soundclash' is an initiative of the music board of the Australia Council and is open to individuals and groups engaged in projects involving the creation and performance of experimental, creative and innovative contemporary popular music. In the past ten years, the field of contemporary popular music (pop, rock, hip hop, electronic dance music and other, related modern music forms) has become increasingly hybrid, challenging the boundaries of the form itself. 'Soundclash' seeks to address these developments by supporting contemporary popular music that takes risks and demonstrates a strong commitment to experimentation. The initiative aims to support experimental, creative and innovative music projects across all styles of contemporary popular music. Musically successful innovation within the popular music format is a key consideration in the assessment of this initiative. read more for details on eligibility and how to apply or visit http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/soundclash

Soundclash

via http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/soundclash

Soundclash is an initiative of the music board of the Australia Council.

Closing date: Monday 20 April 2009 (decisions advised June 2009)

Purpose

In the past ten years, the field of contemporary popular music (pop, rock, hip hop, electronic dance music and other, related modern music forms) has become increasingly hybrid, challenging the boundaries of the form itself. 'Soundclash' seeks to address these developments by supporting contemporary popular music that takes risks and demonstrates a strong commitment to experimentation. The initiative aims to support experimental, creative and innovative music projects across all styles of contemporary popular music. Musically successful innovation within the popular music format is a key consideration in the assessment of this initiative.

Who is eligible to apply?

This initiative is open to individuals and groups engaged in projects involving the creation and performance of experimental, creative and innovative contemporary popular music. Eligibility is restricted to individuals and groups engaged in a contemporary popular music project. Applicants must also meet the Australia Council's general eligibility requirements.

What will the Australia Council fund?

'Soundclash' provides funding of up to $10,000 for any costs associated with a contemporary popular music project with the following exceptions:

* Costs associated with the recording, production or promotion of a CD.
* Costs associated with overseas touring or showcasing. Touring costs are supported by the touring initiative 'international pathways', while showcase opportunities are supported by the Australia Council's market development section's 'live on stage' initiative.

How will the proposals be assessed?

A panel made up of music board members and peer assessors will assess proposals and make recommendations to the director, music, for approval. Applicants will be notified of the decisions within ten weeks of the closing date for your funding proposal.
Selection criteria

* The artistic merit of the project and the quality of the artists involved
* The extent to which the project demonstrates an experimental, creative and innovative approach to contemporary popular music as defined in this initiative
* Good planning and effective use of resources

Support material

Applicants are asked to provide up to five URLs as support material. These should be links to your online music and any related material, which may include any combination of the following: your artist website(s); your band or artist profiles on online music, video, radio and social networking sites; your electronic press kit and links to media interviews or reviews; or any other online material you consider relevant to your application. Please do not include more that five URLs.

How to apply

Proposals should be sent to:

Soundclash
Music board
Australia Council
PO Box 788
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

For further information, or if you would like to discuss your proposal, please contact Andy Rantzen on (02) 9215 9115 or Peter Keogh on (02) 9215 9104, or ring toll free 1800 226 912.

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