New Music Development Office Project Support Grants 

Dear Colleagues,

Here at the Music Development Office (MDO), we are acutely aware of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many of you.

In this challenging time, we’ve been working hard to reshape and simplify the way we can support you that complements other funding available nationally and in the state.

One of the ways the MDO can offer support is through repurposing our current contemporary music grant program to ensure the South Australian music industry can continue to develop, create and connect during this time.

The new Music Development Office Project Support Grants will provide financial contributions to support artists and music businesses, helping you to continue to develop new content and new ways of working, planning and connecting under the current COVID-19 conditions.

With this in mind, we have removed the categories of touring, recording, marketing, events and festivals and skills development and replaced them with three distinct streams of funding Streams A, B and C.

Stream A) Creative Development Support Grants – Up to $5,000 per grant to support artists, songwriters and producers in developing and/or releasing new original music composition or content. The grants will support projects/activities from 15 May 2020 – 30 September 2020.

Stream B) Music Business Project Support Grants – Up to $20,000 per grant to support self-managed artists, artist managers, promoters, live music venues, and other music businesses/ organisations who facilitate the creation, production and performance of original music. The grants will be available to assist in developing and implementing strategies that aid the recovery of businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

Stream C) Music Industry Initiatives Support GrantsUp to $20,000 per grant to support individuals or organisations with a proposal for new innovative approaches, initiatives and activities that will support or stimulate the music sector during the restriction period imposed by the threat of COVID-19.  The grants will support initiatives/activities from 15 May 2020 – 30 September 2020.

Recognising the industry’s urgent need for support, the MDO has reduced the usual grant round timings to ensure a quick turnaround of funds for all successful applicants. Please note the updated timing:

Wednesday 8 April 2020 – Grant round opens
Friday 17 April 2020 – Grant round closes
Applicants will receive notification on whether they have been successful in receiving their grant by the end of April.

Professional South Australian musicians writing and performing their own music and local music businesses who support these artists in the development, delivery or production of original music who have been in operation for more than six months and have a South Australian registered ABN will be eligible to apply.

It is important to note that this will be a competitive round assessed by industry experts and unfortunately not all applications will receive funding.

Further details on criteria and how to apply will be outlined in the MDO Project Support Grants handbook available on the Music Development Office website.

For those of you not familiar with the other assistance available, information on the Commonwealth Government’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic is available at:

The JobKeeper Payment is a subsidy for eligible businesses, to help keep more people in jobs through the course of the coronavirus outbreak. Visit for more detailed information on this support package.

Our colleagues at Music SA have collated a list of resources you may find useful which includes grants through the Australia Council for the Arts.

Please continue to keep informed and monitor the South Australian Government’s coronavirus advice and updates, available at

For advice, updates and support for South Australian businesses, please visit

For any further enquiries about the Music Development Office Project Support Grants please contact MDO grant administrator Elizabeth Reid via email: or phone (08) 7320 3307.

Kind regards,
Music Development Office
Creative Industries Team
Innovation and Science Directorate
Department for Innovation and Skills