The Australia Council for the Arts 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, Jeffery Lang, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, The Middle East, 50 Lions, The Fumes, Midnight Juggernauts and The Little Stevies.
‘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’.
Blue Mountains based Cloud Control will tour the UK in July for a five date showcase. Following their ‘album of the week’ achievements on Triple J, Triple R and FBi Radio, and impressive reviews for their debut album, Cloud Control hope to capitalise on the success of their Great Escape performance in 2009 and secure a UK and European release for their album.
Hypnotic acoustic band, The Middle East, are touring the UK and Europe for an 18 date showcase including Germany, France, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium and Holland. With the support of International Pathways, the first European tour for the band includes appearances at the world renowned Glastonbury and T in the Park festivals.
The closing date for the next International Pathways grant round is 29 November 2010 for tours starting after 28 February 2011. For more information head to www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants/grants/international_pathways