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

Funding bands to tour: The Contemporary Music Touring Program

Media release
22 December 2009

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Arts Minister Peter Garrett is calling on musicians to apply for Contemporary Music Touring Program funding so they can take their music to the regions.

Bands have until 5 February 2010 to apply under the current round.

“The Contemporary Music Touring Program has helped bands take an amazing range of music forms and styles on tour since the program began in 1999,” Mr Garrett said.

“They have ranged from well-known performers such as Kate Miller-Heidke to start-up bands who are cutting their teeth on the circuit.”

“You don't need a high profile to qualify for funding. It's about capacity-building and pleasing audiences by bringing them new and exciting music.”

The Australian Government recognises that artforms like music are big contributors, not just to regional economies, but to the cultural atmosphere in places outside the big city.

“All over the country, Australians are sharing a love of music, and I know that it is a myth that the country only appreciates 'country',” said Mr Garrett.

“Any music style is welcomed, and audiences demonstrate a great capacity to broaden their musical horizons.”

Recent funding round successes include the Tom Ugly band, who described their music as a “colourfully decorated blend of bangs, buzzes, babbles and booms” for listeners or dancers. The band toured four states in 2009 with program funding of $10,000. 

The Bob Corbett Band used funding of $10,000 to take their blend of blues, world, pop, country and folk to 11 destinations in New South Wales and Western Australia, part of anational tour. 

For Contemporary Music Touring Program guidelines and an application form see

Commonwealth of Australia