MELBOURNE, Australia (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Australia Council for the Arts, a part of the Australian government, is giving 10 Australian bands the opportunity to take their music across the oceans through its International Pathways initiative, assisting contemporary musicians with the cost of touring internationally.
Bands receiving support include Empire of the Sun, Cloud Control, Tripod, Jeff Lang, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, The Middle East, 50 Lions, The Fumes, Midnight Juggernauts and The Little Stevies.
The closing date for the next International Pathways grant round is 29 November for tours starting after 28 Feb 2011. The tours will primarily focus on European and North American markets.
"For ten years International Pathways funding has been providing support to Australian musicians to make their mark overseas", says Paul Mason, Director of Music at the Australia Council for the Arts.
"It’s a really important initiative when you consider the distance, airfares and logistical challenges of touring the world. Our funding makes sure the international market is aware of the new and emerging sounds coming from our shores."
"The results are really clear – in ten years of funding we’ve repeatedly seen artists who are at a pivotal point in their career step up to international touring and reach new audiences, make connections with international business partners and move their career to a new level", says Mason. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers