Amy Shark, Gang of Youths and independent label body AIR are among 163 acts and 59 arts organisations to share in $6.8 million in funding for Australia Council’s latest core grants round.

Gold Coast indie-pop artist Amy Shark received $46k to get to the US and Canada to play a series of summer festivals and headline shows, and attend radio conferences.

Watch the video for Amy Shark’s ‘I Said Hi’ below:

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Gang of Youths received $50k to play international festivals and headline shows.

Darwin-based record label Skinnyfish Music (Gurrumul, Saltwater Band, B2M) received $50k to go towards this year’s Barunga Festival in June.

Mark Grose and Michael Hohnen of Skinnyfish Music
Mark Grose and Michael Hohnen of Skinnyfish Music

Meanwhile AIR, which represents Australian-owned record labels and local independent artists, received $10k to go towards this year’s Indie Con conference in July.

The funding is part of Australia Council’s latest grant rounds, which includes its regular project categories and the Contemporary Music Touring Program.

The Contemporary Music Touring Program “supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.”

It follows the distribution of $6.4 million in funding in January, when acts like Stella Donnelly, Middle Kids, Jen Cloher and Country Arts WA shared in the investment.