Australian Government Invests In Nashville

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Local artists take note. The Australian Government and Australia Council for the Arts last year established the Nashville Songwriter Residency Grant, in an effort to develop and support its creative music community and you could take advantage of it. 

Funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, the residency grant enables writers and artists to spend three months in Nashville being mentored by Moffatt, a multi-platinum Australian producer and Nashville resident. The program provides Australian songwriters the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Nashville music scene and to further develop their own artistic skills and industry networks and relationships.

This year’s recipient is Melbourne singer/songwriter Ben Wright Smith, as announced by program facilitator Mark Moffatt. Past recipients of the Nashville Songwriter Residency Grant include Travis Caudle and Chris Altmann, both of whom now divide their time between their native Australia and North America.

For more information about the Nashville Songwriter Residency Grant visit

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