WA bands urged to apply for $5000 touring grant

Applications for the grant close on Friday.
Applications for the grant close on Friday.

WESTERN Australian musicians interested in taking their music to the rest of the country are being urged to apply for a $5000 touring grant.

Applications for the ‘Tapped By Otherside’ National Touring Grant – a cultural initiative helping Australian musicians take their music further – close at 5pm this Friday June 16.

The grant is funded by Fremantle craft brewer Otherside Brewing Co.

The grant will be awarded to an emerging or established group or solo artist to assist them in a national tour.

Applications will be judged by a panel of music industry professionals.

In March 2017, a $2500 International Development Grant was awarded to band Koi Child to help the band travel to the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

“These funds were essential in getting us to SXSW and the US, giving us a platform to take our career to the next level,” Koi Child’s Shannon Cruz Patterson said.

Koi Child manager Harris Waters echoed those sentiments.

“Touring is a fundamental tool in the continual development of a musician’s growth,” Waters said.

“The ability to showcase original music and perform live to new audiences can generate multiple opportunities and experiences to assist in the development of an artist’s career.”

In its inaugural year, Tapped By Otherside is open exclusively to WA artists – however from 2018, as the size of the fund increases, the annual program plans to open to applications Australia-wide.

For more information or to apply for the grant visit www.tappedbyotherside.com.