Emerging Artist Development

Up to $20,000 is available from Emerging Artist Development to support independent artists in their first five years of professional practice.


Emerging Artist Development

Emerging Artist Development Grants are for South Australian independent artists in the first five years of their professional practice.



These grants enable sustained periods of research and development which extend an emerging artist’s professional practice through the acquisition of new skills, exploration of concepts and enhanced networks.

Applicants must propose an area of practice that they wish to develop through local, national and/or international activity. Proposals may include attachments or partnerships with organisations and applicants are encouraged to include business skills development which assists in building sustainability in their practice.



Funding of up to $20,000 is available.


Eligible Projects

This grant will fund:

  • Creative fees (such as performers, composers, choreographers, designers, etc)
  • Living allowance
  • Materials (directly related to the development opportunity)
  • Hire of venue and equipment
  • Travel
  • Hire of studio
  • Mentor fees.

Rates of pay for artists can vary depending on the skills and experience the artist brings to the project. Where an award or industry standard clearly applies, applicants are encouraged to comply. Where there is no award, it is advisable to quote industry standard rates for artists.


Eligible Applicants

Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status and live, or be primarily located, in South Australia.

Employees of the South Australian Government or South Australian Government funded arts and cultural organisations* may apply for an Emerging Artist Development Grant. Applications must be for activity which is outside the day-to-day requirements and duties of the applicant’s employment. Applications must include a statement from the employer confirming that the activity has been initiated by the applicant, not the organisation. The proposed activity must comply with agency or organisation policy relating to outside employment.



Applications close 8 July 2019.


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