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The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office (NATSIMO), with funding from Music Australia, is excited to announce the first series of LIFECYCLE Recording Grants, which will provide 12 grants of $20,000 towards high-quality recording sessions of new music by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators.

The LIFECYCLE Recording Grant aims to increase the creation and recording of new and original music as well as facilitate access to professional recording environments and business and skills development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators. The grant aligns with the NATSIMO’s strategic vision to support a diverse and self-determined music sector for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The rise of DIY and bedroom recording has provided greater access to production and recording but often comes with compromises and cutting corners on quality control.

“With the rising cost of living for many people, it often isn’t affordable to bring together a group of musicians in a beautiful sounding live room to record all day and night and pay creatives a fair wage for their time. This grant invests in the creative process, gives access to underrepresented music creators, provides professional development, and values the hard work that goes into crafting a treasured album,” said Leah Flanagan, Director, NATSIMO.

“Our hope is that the grant will be able to afford our music creators the realistic budget to undertake a larger recording project. Thank you to Music Australia for funding this incredible opportunity.”

Applications are open now until Friday 26 July 11:59 PM AEST, with the grant to cover activity undertaken and completed between 1 July 2024 and 30 June 2025. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators are invited to apply. Eligibility is not restricted to members of APRA AMCOS.

This grant is administered by NATSIMO and funded by Music Australia, with support from APRA AMCOS. For any questions on applying, please contact

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