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2020 may have hindered our ability to enjoy music as a community, but it certainly hasn’t hindered the creativity of our talented Aussie artists! The ideas may be flowing, and we know that not all artists have the means to record and master their creative outputs.


So, the American Express Music Backers Fund is opening up access to TEN iconic recording studios across the Australia for FREE for ONE WEEK to help Aussie artists lay down their latest tracks with some of Australia’s most renowned producers!


We’ll be selecting 50 artists who will:

  • Receive a day in a studio to record their track
  • Be paired with a producer to help bring their vision to life
  • Be invited to attend a Virtual Mentoring Workshop with industry leaders to ensure they get the most out of their time in some of the country’s best studios

And that’s not all…all 50 artists who are invited to Studio Week will have the opportunity to submit their recorded track to our judging panel. The panel will then select one artist to receive an AU$5,000 grant to go towards releasing and promoting their song!









Here’s a list of the studios where you could be recording your next hit song:



NSW Forbes Street Studios Sydney CBD
NSW Studios 301 Alexandria, Sydney
NSW Tommirock Newcastle
VIC Head Gap Recording Studios Preston
VIC Sing Sing Studios South Yarra, Melbourne
VIC The Mill Bass Coast Shire
QLD Airlock Camp Mountain
QLD Studio Circuit Burleigh Heads
SA Mixmasters Hawthorndene
WA Fremantle Recording Studios Fremantle








Australian artists aged 18+ are invited to apply for studio time by following the steps and filling in the application form below.


Step 1: Make sure you read the key dates and FAQ’s below, including the eligibility criteria.


Step 2: When selecting the studio/s you’d like to record in, ensure you will be available for one full day in the week commencing 9 December 2020, in that location.




  • Please keep in mind that interstate travel may be restricted due to COVID, so we suggest selecting a location in the State you reside. If your studio day is impacted by COVID travel restrictions or risks within your state, your day will be postponed. We will do our best to work with those that are affected to re-schedule once restrictions have eased.
  • Winners will be invited to attend a Virtual Mentoring Workshop the week prior to their studio time, so please try to make yourself available on one evening in the week of 2 December 2020 for this.

Step 3: Make sure you have a 30 second (minimum) demo or music sample that relates to the track you would like to record in studio for your application.







  • You/your band can submit a maximum of one (1) application for Studio Week, so make sure the track you’re submitting is your absolute best.

  • If you are part of multiple groups/bands, each group may submit a track provided that the band members in each group differ. If you’ve applied for any other initiative within the Music Backers Fund (E.g. a grant or Nominate a Mate), you are still able to apply for Studio Week. If you’re successful in more than one (1) initiative, you’ll only be eligible to receive one (1) prize. This will be at the discretion of American Express.

  • By applying for Studio Week, you are confirming your availability for one (1) evening from 1 to 8 December 2020 to attend a Virtual Mentoring Workshop, and one (1) full day from 9 to 16 December 2020 to attend your day in-studio. Due to the number of recipients for this initiative, we are unable to accommodate individual schedules, but will do our best to ensure recipients are allocated a day that is convenient to them. We suggest ensuring you are available on any day from 9 to 16 December 2020.

  • If successful, you will be asked to complete a short survey ahead of the Virtual Mentoring Workshops, so we can better tailor the Workshop to your needs. If you’re successful, remember to keep an eye out for the survey so you can complete it ahead of your workshop.

  • Successful applicants will be provided with a list of producers that will be available for their session as part of their Studio time to choose from. We’ll do our best to accommodate your Producer preference, however can not guarantee they will be available for your session.

  • While we’re unable to provide an update on the status of individual submissions, if your application is shortlisted, you will hear from us directly.

  • If you wish to keep a copy of your application, please retain one separately as we’re unable to send you a copy for privacy reasons


For all other questions and submission criteria, check out the FAQ’s below.




Music Backers Studio Week FAQs


Please check the Studio Week FAQs below. If you have more questions relating to the general American Express Music Backers Fund, click here.



Music Backers Studio Week Eligibility


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