The $1 Million American Express Music Backers Fund is here to help Australian music businesses, artists and fans to keep the music playing – in whatever way possible.

2020 has been a challenging year, so whether you’re making it, mixing it, marketing it or moving to it, the Music Backers Fund has grants for innovation, transformation and recovery, as well as curated music opportunities to help you get back on your feet – just like Nominate a Mate!

Support Act is thrilled to be partnering with Music Backers to provide Australians the opportunity to nominate someone who has been doing something great in music this year.

Nominate a Mate is a cash boost of $1,500, awarded to 100 individuals by a judging panel.

Whether it’s your music teacher who kept creativity flowing for students during isolation, or your sound engineer neighbour who helped muso’s keep their connection to fans alive at no cost, we all know someone who has kept spirits high – so nominate today!

There’s something in it for you too! If your mate is one of the 100 winners to receive a $1,500 cash boost, you will go straight into a draw to win one of 20 $250 TicketMaster e-Gift cards so you can get back out to live concerts when the time is right. Ends 13/9/20 T&Cs apply. ACT Permit Number is 20/00905.

Click here to Nominate a Mate

The $1 Million American Express Music Backers Fund is back to help Australian music businesses, artists and fans to keep the music playing.

Music is our common ground, but the road to recovery following the challenging events of 2020 looks different for everyone. For some music businesses and artists, it’s simply about getting back on track. For others, it’s about pivoting strategies or rebuilding something to make it even stronger.

And for fans it’s about continuing to live, breathe and experience Aussie music in new and innovative ways.

The $1 Million American Express Music Backers Fund recently announced Nominate a Mate initiative and grants for innovation, transformation and recovery. Over the coming months, even more exciting opportunities will be announced, so make sure you register here to be the first to hear!



Aussie music businesses and artists can apply for individual grants from A$2,000 up to A$50,000 to help get back on track, fund music innovations or bring business transformations to life.

You can nominate the specific amount you’re applying for to fund various initiatives and propose how your grant will be used to keep the music playing. We’ve curated a judging panel of music industry figures who will review each application and select those they believe are most deserving.


More exciting music opportunities are coming your way! Register today to receive updates and find out how you can keep the music playing.

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