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The PPCA and Australia Council today announced the recipients of five grants offered under an innovative partnership between the two organisations.

Through the partnership, launched in October 2013, five one-off grants of $15,000 were offered to assist Australian artists create new sound recordings.

PPCA is extremely pleased to be able to add these recording grants to the already long-list of artist initiatives that PPCA currently supports, which help Australian recording artists to have successful careers.

PPCA was also delighted to be able to partner with the Australia Council, drawing on the Council’s extensive expertise managing peer assessed grant programs for the arts sector.

Minister for the Arts Senator the Hon George Brandis QC welcomed the partnership between the PPCA and the Australia Council.

Millions of Australians enjoy listening to music created by local artists and are proud of the international success of our musicians, Senator Brandis said.

The five grants awarded today will help Australian musicians to create and record music that will add to the depth and strength of Australia’s diverse music culture.

We were extremely pleased by the range and number of applicants under the program and on behalf of PPCA I would like to congratulate all of the artists who were successful in securing grant funding. We look forward to hearing the recordings that emerge as a result of this funding and wish all of the recipients the very best over the course of their recording careers. I would like to thank the Australia Council for their ongoing assistance and look forward to our continuing partnership. Dan Rosen, CEO PPCA

The Australia Council is pleased to be working with a key industry partner like the PPCA and this initiative captures our shared ambition to support outstanding artists realise their creative work said Mr Tony Grybowski, Australia Council Chief Executive Officer.

The response to the initiative was incredibly strong and a great indication of the quality and ambition of our recording artists.

After a rigorous application process, recipients of the first PPCA Australia Council grants have been chosen across a range of genres from soul and roots to classical and contemporary singer-songwriters:

  • Courtney Barnett will record her debut full length album with her live band (Dave Mudie, Andrew ‘Bones’ Sloane) and co-producers Dan Luscombe and Burke Reid.
  • The Grigoryan Brothers to record a new album featuring their own compositions and Australian composers Nigel Westlake, Shaun Rigney and Stuart Greenbaum
  • Lance Ferguson (from The Bamboos) to record a new Lanu album featuring collaborators Megan Washington, steel guitarist Bill Savesi, the Melbourne Samoan Choir and more.
  • Ben Salter to record his second solo album at Applewood Lane Studios
  • Ainslie Wills to record her second album Oh the Gold’

PPCA and the Australia Council are now considering further plans for the program stay tuned for updates.

PPCA represents thousands of Australian recording artists when their music is used in public. In 2013 PPCA distributed over $33 million to its registered artists and record labels. Registration for Australian artists is free. Go to for further information.

For more information contact:
Luke Woods, PPCA Communications Manager (02) 8569 1165
Karen Smith, Australia Council Media Manager (02) 9215 9030

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