Contemporary Music Fund

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

The program provides funding support to the WA contemporary music sector across a range of activities.


Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply.


Refer to the guidelines for more information before applying.

Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program guidelines

Funding overview

Always open

Who can apply

Amount available

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

Funding rounds

Round Open Draft review Close Project start/event dates Category
Open year-round Always open Not applicable Use the business day calculator (XLSX 25 KB) to work out your submission deadline. At least 25 business days after application submission. U-15k
January 2020 09:00 AM 21 Jan 2020 04:00 PM 24 Feb 2020 04:00 PM 5 Mar 2020 1 Jul 2020 15k-plus
May 2020 09:00 AM 5 May 2020 04:00 PM 8 Jun 2020 04:00 PM 18 Jun 2020 1 Oct 2020 15k-plus
July 2020 09:00 AM 28 Jul 2020 04:00 PM 10 Aug 2020 04:00 PM 20 Aug 2020 9 Nov 2020 15k-plus
September 2020 09:00 AM 1 Sep 2020 04:00 PM 29 Sep 2020 04:00 PM 8 Oct 2020 1 Jan 2021 15k-plus

The Contemporary Music Fund will deliver $3 million into WA's contemporary music sector.

The fund includes $2 million in targeted initiatives and a $1 million grant program.  

Some of the initiatives include:

  • Resources, training and educational tools to be developed by Safer Venues WA to improve inclusivity and personal safety in venues for audiences, artists and industry professionals.
  • Targeted mentoring programs including Girls Rock!
  • NAIDOC Music Awards, a competition highlighting the work on WA Aboriginal music artists.

The fund will improve the representation of Aboriginal, regional, cultural and gender diverse music artists in the industry.


Angus Dawson

Producer/singer-songwriter, Angus Dawson is currently in the studio working on his debut album ‘Looking Over The Red Lights’, due out January 2021. 

Combining ambient electronic production with intricate song writing, the album examines escaping life’s repetitive stresses and concerns in simple, everyday moments. 

The lead single from the album features a music video from Korean animator/director Lokyu, set for release in December 2020.

Angus Dawson
Photo: Angus Dawson, 2020 promo photo, Looking Over The Red Lights, Perth, August 2020, Photo by James Killian.
Page reviewed 01 August 2019