About Sound On

Sound On is a funding opportunity to support musicians who identify as d/Deaf or disabled, or who have a chronic illness or mental health condition, in the development of new work/s, to undertake a NSW-based mentorship, or to tour throughout NSW.

Original music projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Album, EP, or single song recording
  • Album, EP, or single song release, PR and marketing
  • Composition of new work
  • Exploring new collaborations in the creation of new work
  • Undertaking NSW based mentorship with an established NSW musician
  • City based musicians touring regional NSW
  • Regional musicians performing in metropolitan areas

Applicants are able to apply for up to $6000 per project.
Projects are to be completed between 1 April and 30 June 2021.
Sound On is delivered by Accessible Arts and funded by Create NSW.
  • Applicants may apply as individuals, groups or organisations.
  • Projects outlined must be led by musicians who identify as d/Deaf or disabled, or having a chronic illness or mental health condition.
  • Applicants must reside in NSW.
  • Applicants may be emerging, mid-career, or established.

  • Applicants must demonstrate that they can create and deliver their project within the project budget.
  • Applicants must be able to complete their projects between 1 April and 30 June 2021.

Applicants are welcome to detail if they have any access requirements and how these requirements will be addressed during their project.

Please contact us if you have any questions about access requirements.

Sound On guidelines and application forms are available in accessible formats upon request. Formats include word documents, audio files, and large print.

Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:
  •  Artistic standing of the applicant/s
  • Creative merit of the project concept
  • Benefit of the project to the applicants’ professional development
  • Ability to deliver the project on time and on budget
Applications will be assessed by an advisory panel of musicians who are d/Deaf or disabled, or who have a chronic illness or mental health condition, along with music industry leaders and staff members from Accessible Arts.

All applicants will be notified of the results by Monday 29 March 2021.

Successful applicants will be required to enter into an agreement, which will contain additional terms and conditions in accordance with existing policies of Accessible Arts.

For the purposes of promoting Sound On, the successful applicants must agree to make themselves available for interviews, filming and other social media opportunities.

Applications close at 5pm on Monday 15 March 2021.


Applicants must provide the following:

Creative Concept
(max. 500 words)
  • Your idea for your project and what you hope to achieve.
  • Where your project will be carried out.
  • The names of everyone involved in your project.
  • Why your project is important to do now.
  • How your project will advance your music career.
Project Budget
  • A basic breakdown of how you will use the available budget to produce your project.
Supporting Materials (any of the below)

1)  Up to 5 tracks of music recordings
2)  Up to 5 pages of written composition
3)  Up to 5 letters of support from participants

 Artist Bio

1)  Your creative practice
2)  Your qualifications
3)  Previous music releases and performances
4)  How long you have been a practicing musician
5)  Links to relevant online profiles 
6)  Up to 5 examples of previous original music created

If applicants cannot access the Survey Monkey application form, please note that applications will be accepted in other formats that are accessible to the applicant including Auslan, audio, video, printed, dictated, electronic and handwritten formats.

Please direct any enquiries to:
Liz Martin, Arts Development Manager, Accessible Arts
Email: lmartin@aarts.net.au | Telephone: +61 2 8379 3102 | Mobile: +61 409 836 634