July 1, 2020

PPCA & Australia Council reveal 2020 recording grant recipients

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PPCA & Australia Council reveal 2020 recording grant recipients

Five Australian musicians will receive much-needed financial assistance for sound recordings as part of the latest round of grants given by the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Each of the recipients will be given $15,000 by the two organisations, as part of the partnership established back in 2013. So far over 40 new Australian recordings have been produced thanks to the grant program.

“On behalf of PPCA, I would like to congratulate the five artists who have been awarded grants through the PPCA/Australia Council partnership,” said PPCA and ARIA chief executive Dan Rosen.

“We are very proud to be able to provide the grant recipients with funds to continue their work during these unprecedented times for our industry.”

“Over the years, this initiative has produced some incredible work from artists across the musical spectrum. I wish the recipients the best of luck with their recordings and cannot wait to hear the results. I would like to extend my thanks to the Australia Council for their ongoing assistance and look forward to our continuing partnership.”

This year’s winners are South West Sydney hip hop collective South West Syndicate (aka SWS), who are set to record a full-length album at Church Street Studios, Angeline Armstrong who’ll record her ambient electronic EP Telenova, and contemporary classical composer Jane Stanley who is set to record her first composer portrait album.

Nathan Bird (aka Birdz) has also received a grant to record and release his second album Legacy through Bad Apples Music, while Alice Springs duo KnD will release their second album Always Was, Always Will Be via CAAMA Music.

These grants provide a boost for emerging artists to professionally record and promote new Australian music. The Australian Government is a proud supporter of the program, which is a great example of Government and the private sector coming together to invest in Australia’s diverse and vibrant music scene,” said Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP.

“The success of this partnership is evidenced in the quality and diversity of work across the more than 40 new Australian recordings it has supported over the years. I’d like to thank the PPCA for its continued support of Australian music,” added Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette AM.

PPCA distributed $50 million to registered Australian artists and record labels for public use of their music in 2019.