MDO Project Support Grants

Applications for funding through the MDO Project Support Grants generally open for rounds in April and November.

The April 2021 round of the Project Support Grants is now open.

Key Dates:

  • Round Opens: Friday 9 April 2021
  • Round Closes: Tuesday 27 April 2021, 11.59pm   (*tech support ends 5pm)
  • Eligible Activity Dates: 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022

The MDO Project Support Grants offers funding through two distinct streams to support musicians to continue their artistic development and help sustain businesses in the South Australian contemporary original music sector.

Stream A: Creative Development – grants of up to $15,000 to support recording and performing artists, songwriters, producers and artists managers (on behalf of their artists) in the creation and/or release of new original music composition or content.

Stream B: Business Development – grants of up to $15,000 to support recording studios, promoters, record labels, booking agents, live music venues, artist managers, self-managed artists and other music entrepreneurs, businesses or organisations with their efforts to facilitate the creation, presentation, production or delivery of original music.

It is important to note that while the Music Development Office manages this funding program, it does not determine the final outcomes.

Applications are assessed by a panel of industry representatives, who rigorously assess applications against program criteria. The panel prepares funding recommendations for the Minister for Innovation and Skills for approval.

Please note, in competitive funding rounds, there are usually a greater number of worthy applications than the available funds can support.


Even if you have applied in previous rounds of this program, some details may have been updated and we recommend you revisit the Guidelines to check on eligible activity and expenses.

For further details, please read the FAQs, and/or RSVP to attend an Information Session on Thursday 22 April 6pm-7pm. This info session will be presented in person at St Paul’s Creative Centre, and virtually via the Teams platform.


(NOTE: do not apply via the Arts SA portal. The above links are the only place you’ll find the MDO applications).

For any other enquiries contact MDO Program Manager Elizabeth Reid via email: or phone (08) 7320 3307.

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Previous Successful Applicants:
April round 2020

November round 2020