Contemporary Music Fund

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

The State Government has extended its commitment to the Contemporary Music Fund (CMF) with an additional $3 million over 4 years through to 2025. This is welcomed support for WA’s contemporary music industry and will aid its recovery from the effects of COVID-19.  

The CMF will continue to consist of a grants program and targeted initiatives, with the objectives to:

  • capitalise on available opportunities for the contemporary music sector
  • contribute to the development of markets for WA music locally, nationally and internationally
  • ensure a strong representation of musicians and music professionals from Aboriginal, regional, cultural and gender diverse backgrounds
  • accelerate the recovery of the WA contemporary music sector following the effects of COVID-19.

2018 to 2021 CMF targeted initiatives (selection)

  • Safer Venues WA — improving inclusivity and personal safety in contemporary music venues 
  • Stompem Ground Festival in Broome
  • NAIDOC Music Awards
  • Targeted mentoring programs including GirlsRock!
  • Professional development opportunities including the BIGSOUND Conference
  • Regional Recording Programs.


Individuals, groups and organisations are welcome to apply.

Funding rounds

The next round of CMF funding will be available in July 2023. Prior to that, contemporary music applicants can apply to the general arts funding programs Arts 15K-plus and Arts U-15K.

Funding overview

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Funding closed

Who can apply

Amount available

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


You must read the guidelines before submitting an application as they provide essential information.

Contemporary Music Fund guidelines

Successful applications


Page reviewed 30 September 2022