Arts Tasmania | Individual Artists Grant

Planning a tour, recording project or release for 2015?
Got an opportunity to conduct professional development training or mentorship interstate or internationally?

The Individual Artists program invests in emerging and professional artists by assisting them to undertake projects that will enable them to further their careers and enrich their artistic practice. This funding program is for supporting projects that will occur in 2015.

For further details on how to apply, visit Arts Tasmania or contact Ashlee Irwin, Program Officer. | (03) 6165 6658

Applications close 1 August 2014.

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Edge Radio and FBi Radio Open Night | Monday 21 July

Edge Radio 99.3FM and FBi Radio (Sydney) are teaming up for a Music Open Night at The Arts Factory, Monday 21 July.

If music is your thing, come along and get valuable radio and music industry advice from:

Stephen Goodhew (Music Director, FBi Radio)
Alastair Ling (Program Director, Edge Radio)
Dario Phillips (Program Manager, Music Tasmania)
+ other music industry reps

A longstanding monthly event held by FBi at their studio, this is the first time that that Music Open Day has left Sydney – coinciding with the first time the station’s NORTHERN LIGHTS competition has been open to anyone in Australia!

Facebook event – share with your band mates and other musicians.

Northern Lights competition

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Carlton Dry Global Music Grant 2014

The Australian Independent Records Association (AIR) and Carlton Dry invite Australian artists to apply for the $50,000 Carlton Dry Global Music Grant.

The Carlton Dry Global Music Grant has been created to give an artist access to funds required to take their music to audiences around the world.

The prize money must be used exclusively to help tour, showcase, record or relocate overseas to further your career.

To be eligible for the Carlton Dry Global Music Grant you must:

1. Be an Australian artist with ambitions to reach markets outside of Australia. Preference will be given to artists that are not yet sustainably established overseas but have strong fan engagement and demonstrated success in Australia.

2. Show how the $50,000 will be spent on overseas travel to further your career. You will need to provide details of your plans to travel overseas between October 2014 – June 2015.

3. Agree to the grant requirements if you are shortlisted and/or win.

4. The Artist must be released by an Independent Label or self released.

For further details and to apply, click here.

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Telstra Road To Discovery | Entries Now Open

Telstra Road to Discovery 2014 officially launched on Tuesday 8 July in Sydney with performances from Andy Bull, MC/Artist Ella Hooper and 2013 winners Helen Shanahan (WA) and Tasmania’s own Christopher Coleman.

This year the program shifts to 100% original music and genre agnostic, as well as continuing to provide mentorship, song writing and music education opportunities for independent and unsigned Australian songwriters. The program connects emerging artists with leading industry figures and provides a platform for their music to be heard by a wider audience.

8 showcase heats will be staged across the country, in which 6 local (pre-screened) applicants are selected to perform. A heat in Hobart will be held on Thursday 25 September at Republic Bar.

The heat performers will also have the opportunity to participate in a Mini Music Industry Q&A session with Head Judge Bill Page and MC/Artist Ella Hooper.

In addition to heat winners, 8 online applicants will be selected to progress through to the intensive 3-day Boot Camp and the Semi-Final.

Ten emerging songwriters perform at the Grand Final which produces 2 ultimate equal winners who each receive a tailored 12-month development package that includes a return trip to Nashville, USA.

Entries are now open, click here for details.

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Festival of Voices – Unplugged

Music Tasmania is proud to support a new initiative for the Festival of Voices in 2015.

Unplugged takes the Festival of Voices to the East Coast of Tasmania, turning our State into a Singing Island. Including Devil’s Corner, White Sands Estate, Freycinet Lodge, Piermont Retreat and other locations, Unplugged is a weekend of singing trail inviting you to see and experience the best the east coast has to offer.

The Unplugged series will feature Tasmanian solo artists and visit Buckland, OrfordSwansea, St Marys, Ironhouse Point, Apslawn and Freycinet and discover the surrounding areas.

Visit Singing Island for the full program.

Friday 18 July, 2014


Tasmanian Bushland Gardens, Buckland

5.00pm to 7.00pm

>> more details


Saturday 19 July, 2014


Piermont Retreat, Swansea

From 12 noon

>> more details



White Sands Estate

Iron House Point

4.00pm to 9.30pm

>>more details


SUNDAY 20 JULY, 2014


Devil’s Corner Cellar Door


12pm to 2pm

>>more details

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​FBi Radio’s Northern Lights Competition

Tasmanian artists can apply!

Are you a producer, solo artist or in a band? Want to feature on the lineup of Iceland’s prestigious Airwaves Festival? Well dig out your mittens and get ready to pack your bags because FBi Radio wants to take you on a trip!

Northern Lights is back for 2014 and this time ​they’re opening it up to entries from all over Australia. So whether you’re a solo artist from Hobart, an electronic producer from Perth or a band from Sydney, ​FBi Radio​ wan​​ts to show you off to the rest of the world in Iceland this November. FBi Radio is giving you the chance to travel to Iceland, collaborate with local Icelandic musicians, create valuable industry connections, be inspired by the culture and perform to an international audience in Reykjavik.

Entry is simple – fill out the online form (entries open 26 June) and be sure to include links to two of your tracks.​

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2nd Chance Song

Do you like creating your own interpretations and versions of other artists’ songs?

Here is an opportunity to record your own version of ‘Don’t You Think It’s Time’ by Bob Evans and go in the running for a cash prize and mentoring support to assist you with the release of your own music.

For entry details visit here.

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Grant Workshops – July

Music Tasmania will be holding two grant workshops in July to assist with Arts Tasmania’s Individual Artists grant applications.

When: Tuesday, July 8 from 6.00 – 7.30pm
Where: Upstairs, Republic Bar and Cafe, 299 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart

When: Wednesday, July 9 from 6.00 – 7.30pm
Where: Fresh on Charles, 178 Charles Street, Launceston

For more information, or to RSVP, please email


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Entrepreneurial Leadership in Practice – Free weekend course!

On June 14 & 15, the Festival of Voices will offer itself to artists and entrepreneurs as a platform to develop their business.

The Festival will offer 12 month mentorships for up to 20 selected candidates who want to increase their networks, opportunities, revenue streams and capacity for growth. The program will be uploaded online so you can participate anywhere in Australia.

The outstanding program of speakers is as follows:


9.00am Warm up with Emma Bennison (CEO of Arts Access Australia)

9.15am The kernel

What constitutes an idea for a business and how do you get one? What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? Three speakers speak for five-ten minutes each then lead a discussion inviting questions from the audience.

Colin Jones (UTAS)
Paul Kooperman (Festival of Voices)
Polly McGee (TasRail)

10.00am Keynote address: Jac Bowie (Business in Heels)


Challenge 1: What is your idea for your business, how did you develop it, how do you see it growing? Write it down, discuss in groups of five and invite individuals to share in front of full group

11.00am Morning tea

11.15am Brand before business

Brand is everything: three speakers will speak for five-ten minutes each before leading a panel discussion inviting questions from the audience.

Peter Choraziak (Red Jelly)
Rick Marton (Effective Naturally)
Rod Shelley (Mures)

12.00pm Lunch

12.45pm Marketing yourself nationally – Kath McCann from Wrest Point offers some advice

12.55pm Debate: art, culture & creativity have nothing to do with business

Two speakers for the affirmative and two speakers for the negative will battle it out to see how art and business connect (or don’t).


Jennifer Storer (TMAG)
Natalie De Vito (Director, Junction Arts)


Lara Giddings (Shadow Minister for the Arts)
Steve Henty (Chair, Junction Arts)


Challenge 2: In groups of ten, discuss taking over a gallery / performance space – consider program, audience, partners, marketing and income streams. Choose a representative to report back to full group.

2.45pm Afternoon tea

3.00pm The provocateur – a spanner in the works by Suzi Watral (Enterprise Centres Tasmania)

3.15pm Wealth in the room: open mic for entrepreneurs

Sign up and speak to the group about your idea, style, strategies or philosophies on business; ten people will speak and become leaders of focus groups, to discuss any aspect of the day or even develop business ideas forming in the group – it’s fluid, free and flexible; leaders will report back to the full group at the end of the session

4.30pm Summary of the day

5.00pm Close


9.00am Warm up

9.15am Building communities: engaging people

Businesses need people, so how do you attract them and keep them interested? Three speakers will speak for five-ten minutes each before leading a panel discussion inviting questions from the audience.

Daniel Hanna (Federal Group)
Katherine Legg (Searson Buck)
Polly Venning (CEO Tasmania)

10.00am Keynote address: The Minister for the Arts, Hon. Vanessa Goodwin

10.30am Morning tea


Challenge 3: Social Media speed dating – in pairs, you get three minutes to follow each other, like each other, add each other to your online network – teach someone about an online platform they didn’t know about, set them up on their phone, ask them for an online social media tip and decide on your top three UNIQUE ideas for promoting or selling a business online – then swap partners and repeat.

12.00pm Lunch

12.45pm Jess Tyler speaks about the Tasmanian Innovation Exchange and Start Up Tasmania’s involvement

12.50pm Debate: artistic, creative and cultural activity, if relevant, should engage the mainstream.

Three speakers for the affirmative and three speakers for the negative will battle it out to see how art and audiences connect (or don’t).


Damon Wise (Southern Cross Austereo)
Scott Gadd (Hobart Showground)
Magdalena Lane (Board Member: Tas Early Years Foundation)


Jaspa Wood (Creative Producer)
Anna Reynolds (Multicultural Council of Tasmania)
Kelly Drummond Cawthon (Salamanca Arts Centre)

2.00pm Use the Festival of Voices to grow your Business

CEO of the Festival of Voices, Paul Kooperman describes the opportunity on offer and next steps


Challenge 4: Prepare your pitch for the Pitch for Selection session

2.30pm Afternoon tea

2.45pm The provocateur – a spanner in the works by Tony Bonney (independent arts manager)

3.00pm Pitch for selection

Entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for possible selection in PART TWO of the program, where recipients receive support and mentorship to build their businesses using the Festival of Voices as a platform for growth

4.30pm Summary of the day

5.00pm Close

You can enrol here:

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Music Workshops – March/April


An opportunity for artist managers, self-managed artists, event coordinators, and anyone interested in artist management to connect and engage on current issues, discuss management practice and support development in Tasmania, and foster a collaborative network. There is a bar tab provided by the Association of Artist Managers.

Where: Tattersalls Hobart @ 112 Murray Street Hobart
Time: 6-7.30pm
Cost: Free for Music Tasmania members.$10 for public (cost of MT membership).


In February this year, Arts Tasmania joined with Pozible in launching the Tasmania specific crowd funding initiative Crowbar. We will be hearing from Arts Tasmania concerning the new initiative so please come with questions.

Where: Tattersalls Hobart @ 112 Murray Street Hobart
Time: 6-7.30pm
Cost: Free for Music Tasmania members.$10 for public (cost of MT membership).

We are also interested to hear from Tasmanian artists who have successfully crowdfunded a project and are willing to provide their thoughts at the workshop.


Music Tasmania is partnering with local recording studios to deliver small group expeditions into Hobart’s busy recording studios, led by the engineer’s that own and work in them. The engineer will discuss the characteristics of the studio, their recording approach and the gear they use.

The first expedition is scheduled for April 16 from 6-7pm @ Avalon Futurium located at Melville Street, Hobart. Spots are limited so please RSVP to

If you are a studio owner or if you know of a studio owner who would be interested in being involved please send us an email at

For a full listing of the studio tours visit our workshops page.

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