Funding: Arts Council Music Project Award

Applications are now open for the Arts Council Music Project Award.

Closing date for applications is 5.30pm on Thursday, 19 August 2021.

The award supports specific projects in the field of music commencing on or after 1 January 2022.

The purpose of the award is to enable professional artists/musicians (individual artists, groups of artists or organisations) to bring innovative, ambitious and high-quality music projects to audiences.

There are three strands to the award:

  • Strand 1: Projects devised for live-attendance performance(s), possibly extending public reach through broadcast, online or other audience channels –e.g. a public concert in a venue that might or might not also be recorded for broadcast and/or for dissemination on website(s), social media or other platform(s).
  • Strand 2: Projects devised exclusively for public dissemination via broadcast, online or other channels–i.e. where a musical output is produced for audiences, but where a live audience is not involved.
  • Strand 3: Audio recording projects devised in association with record companies for dissemination through digital platforms and/or through physical copies.

The award is open to individuals and organisations working in music.

Please note: You must be registered with the online services website to make an application for any Arts Council funding. If you are not already registered, we recommend you register for online services as far in advance of the deadline as possible, as it may take five days for your online services registration to be processed.

We also urge anyone, before starting your application, to reach out to the relevant contact within the Arts Council at

For further information, guidelines and application details, please see