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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

10 bands to hit the road thanks to government grants

Media release
15 October 2008

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Ten Australian bands and musicians will hit the road on tours of regional and rural Australia thanks to $91,000 in funding through the Contemporary Music Touring Program, Arts Minister Peter Garrett announced today.

Mr Garrett said the annual funding was an important way the Government could support new and emerging acts.

"The funding I am announcing today will provide Australian performers with an opportunity to tour around the country, share their work and expand their audience," said Mr Garrett.

"The touring programs supported in this funding round cover a mix of styles, with venues in every state and territory, including regional communities, given the opportunity to see some great live acts."

Among the highlights of the Contemporary Music Touring Program tours:

The Contemporary Music Touring Program has assisted around 270 bands to extend their touring and find new audiences in regional and rural Australia. Visit 

See attached the list of successful applicants.

Contemporary Music Touring Program-Round 16 successful applicants
(to tour from 1 January 2009)

Circle of Rhythm NSW

This tour aims to combine performances with workshops in order to strengthen the band's profile and expand their fan base.
Grant: $9,000.00

Killaqueenz NSW

This is the debut national tour for Killaqueenz in preparation for the release of their first album 'Out Through Grindin'.
Grant: $10,000.00

Kate Miller-Heidke QLD

The tour of the Kate Miller-Heidke Band will support the release of her second full length album.
Grant: $10,000.00

Enola Fall TAS

Enola Fall will promote their new independently released album, Glorious Five Year Plan along with fellow Tasmanian singer-songwriter Linc le Fevre.
Grant: $8,286.00

Rose Turtle Ertler TAS

A five week tour of Victorian regional towns by Rose Turtle Ertler.
Grant: $4,040.00

Jen Cloher VIC

Jen Cloher and The Endless Sea's national album tour for April/May 2009.
Grant: $10,000.00

Kultour VIC

A nine day tour to southern WA by hip hop band Diafrix.
Grant: $10,000.00

Sascha Ion & The Voodoo Economic VIC

Sascha Ion and band propose to tour to WA, the NT, SA, QLD and VIC in 2009 to raise their profile with new audiences in regional areas.
Grant: $10,000.00

Sean McMahon VIC

A tour to promote the release of Downhills Home's second album.
Grant: $10,000.00

Sunwrae Ensemble VIC

The nine-piece Sunwrae Ensemble tour will support the launch of their new album Autumn Never Fall and animation film/music clip The Machine.
Grant: $10,000.00

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