APRA AMCOS announced the launch of a Sustainability Fund back in May this year. It’s a grant designed to support artists in the haze of the pandemic. APRA AMCOS announced the fund, saying it was to “provide direct financial support to songwriter and composer members in the creation of new music.”
The idea was that artists could apply for the grant and potentially receive $2,000 to help them get into the studio. Now, 50 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists have been award the $2k grant.
Leah Flanagan, National Manager of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office, said, “Right now, we need to be bold in our support of Australia’s first storytellers.”
“Financial stress impedes music creators from doing what they do best. The $2,000 might be used for purchasing studio equipment or finishing an album or EP; it might also help to pay household bills or recoup lost touring income.”
Sustainability Fund recipients, Baker Boy and Miiesha cleaned up at the 2020 NIDA Awards. Find all the winners here.
Miiesha also teamed up with Briggs, Jesswar, and JessB for her ‘Nyaaringu’ Remixes, which are out today. Listen to the ‘Blood Cells’ remix below.