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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!

 

 

GRANTS

FOR ARTISTS & MUSIC BUSINESSES

We put the call out for grant applications from $2,000 up to $50,00 to help get back on track, fund innovations or make business transformation dreams a reality. The results are in!



 

 

 

 

STUDIO WEEK

FOR ARTISTS

We’ve awarded 50 solo artists and bands with a free day in the studio to lay down their track, and they’re in with a chance to win $5K to release and promote it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOMINATE A MATE

FOR AUSSIES IN MUSIC

We gave a $1,500 cash boost to 100 musos doing great things for Aussie music. Plus, 20 mates that nominated them to win also scored a $250 TicketMaster Gift Card!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Fund FAQs

 

 

The important stuff

 

 

Am I eligible to apply?

 

 

Key Dates

 

 

Let’s talk about the technical stuff

 

 

I have more questions!

 

 

 

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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