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KEEP THE

MUSIC PLAYING

 

$1 MILLION

AMERICAN EXPRESS
MUSIC BACKERS FUND

 

 

 

 

KEEP THE

MUSIC PLAYING

 

$1 MILLION

AMERICAN EXPRESS
MUSIC BACKERS FUND

 

 

BACKING AUSSIE ARTISTS, MUSIC BUSINESSES AND FANS

2020 has been a tough year and the road to recovery looks different for everyone. But remember, MUSIC IS WHAT UNITES US. From the venue owners to the performers on stage. From hit songs to the writers behind them and the listeners hitting play. If the music stops then everything stops. So don’t stop.

 

Keep singing. Keep dancing. Keep writing songs. Keep buying records. Keep broadcasting. Keep innovating. Keep teaching. Keep streaming. Keep sharing songs.

 

Let’s come together and KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING!

 

We’re giving the Australian music industry and the fans that support it, a helping hand and the opportunity to share in the
$1 MILLION AMERICAN EXPRESS MUSIC BACKERS FUND

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

$1 MILLION AMERICAN EXPRESS MUSIC BACKERS FUND

 

The $1 Million American Express Music Backers Fund is here to help Australian music business, artists and fans to keep the music playing – in whatever way possible. Whether you’re making it, mixing it, marketing it or just enjoying the tunes and moving to it, there is something for you.

 

We recognise that everyone is in different stages of recovery and understand that everyone’s wants and needs vary. That’s why we have created a number of ways you can get involved and be supported.

 

From grants, to rewarding others who you think deserve a bit of thanks (and some cash!), and other initiatives that we’ll announce over the coming months, check out what you’re eligible for below and follow the prompts to find out more or apply. Once your application is in, it’s over to the judging panel!

 

 

STUDIO WEEK

FOR ARTISTS

Win 1 of 50 recording studio sessions to lay down your latest track. Plus, if you’re selected, you’ll be in with a chance to win a $5k grant to release and promote it!

 

Applications close 9/11/20 at 9.00AM AEDT.

 

 

 

NOMINATE A MATE

ENTRIES CLOSED

If your mate is doing some good for Aussie music, we want to know about it. If they win, you’ll go into the draw for the chance to win a $250 TicketMaster Gift Card!

 

 

 

 

 

GRANTS

FOR ARTISTS & MUSIC BUSINESSES

Apply for a grant from $2,000 up to $50,000 to get back on track, fund innovations or make dream business transformations a reality.

 

 

Applications close 9/11/20 at 9.00AM AEDT.

 

 

 

MORE OPPORTUNITIES

FOR FANS, ARTISTS & MUSIC BUSINESSES

More exciting initiatives and educational resources are in the pipeline for music lovers. Don’t miss out.

 

 

 

Tips:

 

  • The program is open to all Australian Citizens & Permanent Residents aged 18+, so you don’t have to be an American Express Customer to apply. However, each initiative may have additional eligibility criteria so please check the FAQ’s carefully before you submit your application
  • You can apply for more than one initiative – for example you could apply for a Grant as well as Nominate a Mate. Please check the FAQ’s in each initiative carefully, as there may be limits on the number of times you can enter that initiative.
  • If you’re selected for more than one, you’ll only be eligible to receive one award. We’ll make sure it’s for the one with the highest value though!
  • We’ll be announcing more exciting ways to get involved over the coming months, so make sure you register for updates.

 

 

MEET OUR JUDGES

 

 

Some of Australia’s music industry heavyweights have joined forces as the Music Backers Judging Panel. They each bring some serious knowledge and experience to the table – from record label heads to artist managers, promoters, business owners to music journo’s. They are set on keeping the music playing.

 

 

MUSIC BACKERS RECIPIENTS

 

 

American Express first launched the Music Backers program in 2018/19, and we were inundated with hundreds of incredible submissions from artists, venues and music businesses across Australia. Now, in 2020, the new-look Music Backers Fund is providing much-needed support to artists, music businesses and even fans.

 

Click through below to check out our latest recipients, or explore how our 2018/19 recipients used their funding to bring their ideas to life.

 

 

 

 

 

L-Fresh the Lion, pop-sensation Cub Sport, Caiti Baker and Briggs’ Bad Apples Music are bringing the final stages of their Music Backers grant to life and we’re pumped! We’re talking new music, news ways of sharing music and new collaboration spaces for community mentoring programs. So, keep an eye out!

 

 

 

 

THE DETAILS - FAQs

 

 

We’ve created FAQ documents with answers to questions you may have about the $1M American Express Music Backers Fund.

 

 

 

REGISTER TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH NEW OPPORTUNITIES

 

There are more epic music opportunities in the pipeline. Aussie music businesses, artists and fans – we’re looking at you! Register to find out what’s next!

 

 

 

 

REGISTER TO KEEP UP TO DATE WITH NEW OPPORTUNITIES

 

There are more epic music opportunities in the pipeline. Aussie music businesses, artists and fans – we’re looking at you! Register to find out what’s next!

 

 

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