Need cash for your music or art project? Free workshops rolling out this month

As if life as an artist or creative worker isn’t tough enough without having to throw grant writing onto the to-do list? Right?

There’s a bunch of funding rounds with closing dates – from local, state and federal governments – on the horizon and if you’re not in the mix you have zero chance of getting funded.

Which means there’s no better time to attend City of Gold Coast’s free online grant writing workshops and one-on-one consultations.

One workshop will focus on arts more broadly and one hones in on music-related projects. At each workshop you’ll learn strategies for successfully tackling common grant criteria, building viable budgets and creating support material that will enhance your chances of success.  You’ll also find out what grants are on offer on the Gold Coast and further afield.

All participants receive an information pack with tips and resources; and Gold Coast residents attending the workshops will be able to book in for a free follow-up one on one session with the facilitators – Ashleigh Wheeler (arts) and Samantha Morris (music).

Workshops and one-on-one sessions are totally free but bookings are totally essential because spaces are limited.

  • General arts grants workshop, facilitated by Ashleigh Wheeler, Monday 25 October, 6.00 – 7.30pm. Book here.
  • Music grants workshop, facilitated by Samantha Morris, Wednesday 27 October, 6.00 – 7.30pm. Book here.

One-on-one sessions (virtual):

  • 60mins and available only to Gold Coast residents who have attended the relevant workshop.
  • Book a one-on-one arts grant writing session with Ashleigh Wheeler here.
  • Book a one-on-one music grant writing session with Samantha Morris here.

About the presenters

Ashleigh Wheeler – Facilitator, arts grants workshop

Ashleigh Wheeler has over 15years experience working for major arts festivals, venues, small to medium arts organisations and governments across Queensland and in Canberra.  Ashleigh has seen all sides of grant programs – as an applicant, assessor and funding program manager – and estimates she assessed over 350 applications last year.  She is a Producer at HOTA Home of the Arts and facilitates arts business workshops throughout regional Queensland.

Samantha Morris – Facilitator, music grants workshop

Samantha Morris (Wombat Creative) is a professional grant writer with more than 25years experience.  As well as co-founding Blank Street Press and the Gold Coast Music Awards, Sam’s work focusses on helping communities achieve sustainability goals.  She works across the conservation and land management and arts and culture sectors with a focus on regional Australia.

IMAGE (C) Gustavo Frazao

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