New contemporary music to tour regional Australia

24 April 2015

Today the Government has announced more than $180,000 to support tours of new music by contemporary Australian musicians to remote and regional communities through the Australia Council’s Contemporary Music Touring Program.

Nine acts have received funding for tours that will reach close to 70 regional and remote locations in every state and territory, with more than half being remote or very remote.

Four of the tours feature Indigenous musicians, and the performances span a number of contemporary music genres including rock and country, metal, gospel, reggae and rhythm and blues.

The Australian Government is committed to providing Australian audiences with access to high quality arts and cultural experiences in their own communities.

Our contemporary musicians are modern story tellers and the Australian Government is proud to support Australian musicians in building new audiences and sharing their original work across Australia.

The nine tours supported through the Australia Council’s latest round of Contemporary Music Touring Program grants are:

Aboriginal Resource and Development Services (NT): $28,500 for Gospel/RnB group Bärra to tour their new Dhapirrk Rirrakay CD and conduct workshops with remote communities in the Top End. (16 May 2015 – 9 June 2015)

Artback NT Arts Development and Touring: $21,600 for Saltwater Reggae band Sandridge to tour to remote venues in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. (4 June 2015 – 29 June 2015)

Country Arts WA: $25,000 for the Sand Tracks 2015 tour of 15 emerging and established Indigenous rock and reggae bands. (16 March 2015 – 30 November 2015)

James Draper (NSW): $10,338 for folk band Winterbourne’s first national headline tour to regional and remote locations. (19 March 2015 – 2 May 2015)

Psycroptic (VIC): $10,000 to heavy metal band Psycroptic for a 16 date national tour promoting the release of their self-titled sixth album. (18 March 2015 – 4 April 2015)

Graham Rodger (QLD): $29,200 to country musician Graham Rodger to tour to 14 remote towns in outback Australia. (21 May 2015 – 18 June 2015)

The Getaway Plan (NSW): $14,560 to rock band The Getaway Plan for a national tour promoting their third album Dark Horses. (1 May 2015 – 31 December 2015)

Tura New Music (WA): $30,000 for Tura New Music’s annual regional touring program featuring improvisation and new music musicians William Barton and Stephen Pigram. (14 September 2015 – 30 September 2015)

Jane Tyrell (NSW): $13,157 to Indie singer-songwriter Jane Tyrell for a national tour of her debut album Echoes in the Aviary. (8 April 2015 – 3 May 2015)

The Contemporary Music Touring Program is aligned with the Australia Council’s new grants model, which launched in January 2015. For more information on funding opportunities available through the Australia Council visit www.australiacouncil.gov.au. Applications for the next round of Australia Council grants close on Tuesday 2 June 2015.