Tame Impala, Masked Wolf, DMA’S, Courtney Barnett among 31 to get Sounds Australia export funding
DMA’S (Jordan Munns/ supplied)
As the northern hemisphere opens up to live music, Tame Impala, Masked Wolf, DMA’s and Courtney Barnett are among 31 who have received a financial leg-up to get back in the fast lane.
They are the first round recipients of Sounds Australia’s Export Stimulus (SAES) package.
Sounds Australia executive producer Millie Millgate said the organisation had been heartened to discover the incredible amount of international activity slated for Aussie artists.
“It’s very clear that Australian artists and crew are still in high demand and we are pleased to be able to assist in just a small way with the SAES program,” Millgate said.
The current pool of $408,936.28 is shared by artists, producers, songwriters, composers, managers and crew.
Tame Impala for headlining festival appearances and arena shows in North America and Mexico behind their fourth album The Slow Rush.
Melbourne electronic duo SHOUSE can be in Europe to play and do promotion behind their breakout hit ‘Love Tonight’ a Top 10 in the region with 8 million Shazams.
The DMA’S return to play 23 dates across Scotland, England, Ireland and Northern Ireland between mid-October and December, and will record in London before returning to Australia.
Courtney Barnett plays 29 shows and festivals across the USA between November and March behind her November-due fourth album. Her own shows are her biggest including Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and multiple nights at LA’s Ace Theatre.
Masked Wolf will fund festival appearances in the US and Europe and “spend time in the studio with countless A-list writers and producers”.
Meg Mac can work with LA-based producers and creatives on an album written in lockdown.
Middle Kids are currently doing 22 US shows behind Today We’re The Greatest.
Melbourne stage manager and guitar tech Alessandro Nicoli will join French band Gojira’s world tour for 2021-2022.
Alice Ivy will travel to Los Angeles to continue writing and recording her third studio-album.
Brian Ritchie can join Violent Femmes on their six-week 40th anniversary US tour, playing to between 1,000 to 5,000 on each date.
Cosmo’s Midnight can open on Kiwi producer BAYNK’s US dates, allowing them to reach new audiences and promote their third album.
Flight Facilities return to North America, opening for RÜFÜS DU SOL with a three-date sold out stadium run in LA, and stops in Texas, Arizona, Nevada, as well as launching their album Forever.
G Flip can write their second record, reconnect with collaborators to finish music started prior to the pandemic and explore US publishing deals.
Good Morning play US, Canada and Mexico behind October 22 issued Barnyard through US based Polyvinyl.
Genesis Owusu will undertake his first US headline tour behind debut album Smiling With No Teeth, meet with his US team, do writing sessions and chase up label interest.
The Avalanches will use their funding to help complete a 14-date North American tour.
Harvey Sutherland will do promo, production and songwriting in LA, including a video shoot.
Hatchie will use Los Angeles as a base for six months while she travels the world promo’ing her 2022 sophomore album, playing North America, the UK and Europe and have meetings with her new label (Secretly Canadian), publisher (Hipgnosis Songs Fund) and management (Monster Artist Management).
Audio engineer India Hooi undertakes the Audio/Video Fellowship at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach for up to three years.
Jared Daly can travel the globe over the next 12 months as a professional mix-engineer.
Julia Jacklin uses the funding on touring and visa costs for her full band US tour in Jan/Feb 2022, including 11 shows with Courtney Barnett.
Rai Thistlethwayte has his flight costs covered as he works in the US and Europe, recording with electro/jazz/funk crossover group KNOWER and meetings with Joe Satriani’s crew ahead of next year’s touring work/album release.
Stand Atlantic have a 2022 world tour in support of their pandemic-released second album.
Composer Kitty Xiao can attend the 10th International Ensemble Modern Academy in Germany, and an artist residency at the Chateau d’Orquevaux in France.
Three senior staff of artist management Look Out Kid will, while in North America, coordinate Faye Webster’s North American tour, Beverly Glenn-Copeland’s recording and meet their newest client Arooj Aftab based in Brooklyn.
Luke Moller can join Americana artist Hayes Carll on 30 shows playing in his band.
Mansionair plan to tour and do album promotion in the US.
Mark Benedicto works on the next Imagine Dragons and will collaborate with songwriters.
Rachael Dease will travel to Gothenburg in January to realise her original score for ‘Here Not Here’ for the Götenborg Dance Company.
The Goon Sax’s extensive UK/Europe touring behind Mirror II via Matador starts in January.
Grammy-nominated EDM success story Tommy Trash will return to the US for his first tour in three years in early 2022, taking in 15 appearances.