RADF grants help emerging artists make a mark
FINANCIAL help is at hand with the Regional Arts Development Fund open year-round to local artists.
The fund is an initiative of the State Government in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Council and offers grants of up to $10,000.
SCC RADF liaison officer Saffron Drew says six funding types are available: individual development, mentorship funding, concept development, project funding, seed funding and interest-free loans.
"What a lot of musicians do is come to us for project funding, for one-off funding for new or established projects," Drew says.
"This is up to $10,000 which is very much our upper limit. It's not for actually pressing the CD, but it can be for in-session times and bringing in session musicians."
About a quarter of all successful RADF grant applications come from musicians. Emerging artist Mason Hope recently received RADF funds.
"Mason is only 16 and he is an incredible singer and songwriter," Drew says.
"He received about $5000 in the last round to lay down a five-track CD."
Another act to benefit from the fund is The Flumes.
The band members recorded an album two years ago after receiving financial assistance from RADF.
The Flumes guitarist Stephan Beattie, harpist Kayt Wallace and drummer Elliot Gwynne used their grant to fund studio fees and for a publicist to work on promoting the group's new album Sweet, Sweet Rain.
"It meant we could afford to produce a decent thing," Beattie says.
"Due to the grant, we worked with a local producer, Brian Goodworth, at Big Rock Studios in Coolum. The other half was spent on publicity."
Off the back of the RADF grant, Beattie and Wallace went on tour for about 12 months, performing their Flyin' Colours album across Australia.
"We did all sorts of venues and festivals," Beattie says.
Drew assures the application process for both emerging and professional musicians is simple.
The artist is encouraged to talk firstly with a RADF liaison officer. If their project fits the fund criteria and eligibility, they can go online to complete an expression of interest and then go on to complete the full application with the support of the RADF staff.
The next RADF application round closes on June 1 with outcomes known by late August. Call 5420 8616 or email grants@sunshine
The Flumes will play Peregian Originals on Sunday, May 8, and Cafe le Monde on Sunday, May 15.