The Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) and Carlton Dry are pleased to announce that applications for the CARLTON DRY GLOBAL MUSIC GRANT are now open for 2014.
Established in 2013, the $50,000 Grant has been created to help fund a trip overseas for an emerging Australian artist or band to boost their profile overseas. The Grant is awarded by Carlton Dry each year at the CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS, as part of a partnership with AIR.
Applicants must be an Australian artist or band who is self-released or released by an independent label. The prize money must be used exclusively to help the artist tour, showcase, record or relocate overseas to further their career.
David Vodicka, Chairman of the Board for AIR said “this Grant is something that AIR is very proud of. We can’t think of a more direct way to help a great emerging artist in their career. The fact that the whole thing was instigated by Carlton Dry shows the value of our partnership with them.”
Rob Elder, Brand Manager for Carlton Dry said “There is so much talent in Australian music right now and the grant is a way we can support young artists and give them the opportunity to take their music overseas. We can’t wait to see the entries that come in this year.”
Applications close on September 1st, with entries judged by a selected panel of industry experts.
The winner of the Grant will be announced at the 2014 CARLTON DRY INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS in October.
Last year’s inaugural $50,000 Grant was awarded to seven-piece garage rock gang KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD. The grant helped fund a recent tour of the US, with shows in Dallas, Chicago and Washington, a slot on the legendary Austin Psychfest, residencies in New York City and additional dates in Canada. The prize money was also used to rent a ranch for a month in upstate New York where the band worked on a new record.