We want to develop a sustainable and vibrant music sector in Wales by investing in projects and new ways of working that can support your career at crucial points in your development.
We want to support applications from artists who create original music and are at a 'tipping point' in their career. We use the term 'tipping point' to mean being ready to break through to the next level in your career development.
We also want to support projects that will strengthen the foundations of the music sector in Wales, for example developing and offering new services to the sector. These projects must clearly show how they will have a lasting and sustainable impact on the music sector in Wales.
The kinds of things we can fund
The kinds of applications we can fund are covered in detail in the Music Industry Development for Organisations Strand Document (you can find that below in the help section).
The kinds of things we can't fund
- Applications from artists who are just starting out (by this we mean artists who do not have recordings, a live track record, any radio play, reviews or industry support)
- Applications from artists who do not create original music
- Projects that do not demonstrate how they will make a substantial difference to your career after the project has completed
- Projects that focus solely on the writing and / or recording of music
- Projects that focus on national or international touring
- Projects that continue activity that is already taking place, or projects that are about your usual activity
Take a look through the introductory document for this strand. You can also read our getting started guide for a broad overview of how we award our grants.
To apply for Music Industry Development funding you'll need to check if you're eligible first.
Once you’re happy that you’re eligible, fill out the contact form and a staff member will be in touch.
To apply for funding your organisation needs to:
- be based in Wales, another part of the United Kingdom, or in the EU;
- be either,
- a company limited by guarantee or a community interest company (CIC),
- a company that shares out profits to its members or shareholders (e.g. a company limited by shares or a Limited Liability Partnership),
- a constituted, not-for-profit community group,
- an education body (e.g. college or university - but not a school),
- a registered charity or charitable incorporated organisation (CIO),
- or a local Authority;
- have a governing document that shows that the provision of arts activity is one of your objectives (unless you’re a statutory body such as a town council, local authority, health body or university);
- have a governing document that that has an appropriate dissolution clause which sets out what would happen to your organisation’s remaining assets (after paying all debts and liabilities) should it cease to exist (unless you’re a statutory body such as a town council, local authority, health body or university);
- be able to show us, through the information you put in your application form and supporting documents, that you have a track record of delivering arts activities to audiences or participants;
- have an up to date Equal Opportunities Policy;
- not be in default on any financial agreement with us (Arts Council of Wales);
- provide evidence from your bank that you have an account in your organisation’s name, and have at two people who can authorise transactions. More information on bank account evidence here.