FAQs for Performers

1. What is the best way to get a gig?

From experience we have found that by simply getting involved in your local music scene you will start to make the contacts you need to be able to perform more regularly. The best ways of getting involved in your scene are to support the genres of music which you in turn perform and to try and run your own events in which you can bring together other performers from that scene.

However make sure that you don’t spam members of your local scene or come off too strongly/eager as this can easily put people offside. It is a good idea to try and act both professionally and courteously.

2. What is the best way to raise my/our artist profile

There are a number of great methods of raising publicity:


MusicACT is building up its membership base of performers, businesses and venues to unite all members of the ACT music scene. By becoming a member and creating your online profile in our ‘Artist’s Directory’ you will be connected to the ACT’s music network. For more information feel free to contact us at info@musicact.com.au. Also, keep an eye on our events page as we host a number of workshops featuring publicity/promotions advice for both up and coming artists as well as established artists.

Promotional Material

Everyone loves free stuff, so getting CDs pressed and handing them out/selling them at events can be a great way of raising your artist profile.

The Internet

The internet revolution has provided a whole host of options to promote yourself. Think about creating a facebook fan page, a Twitter account, Youtube videos, a Soundcloud account, a Bandcamp account, etc. to make sure you have every opportunity of building your fan base.


If you’re really serious and have some money to throw around, getting a publicist/manager/booking agent might be a good idea. However if you’re a little strapped for cash like most musicians are, we would like to remind you that in the 21st century there are a whole host of free publicity tools readily available on the internet!

3. How do I get a grant?

There are a number of grants available from ArtsACT so it’s important to do your research and apply for a grant category that best suits your requirements. There are several grants categories which include: Projects, Communities Working With Artists, Program and Key Arts Organisation Funding, as well as the ACT Creative Arts Fellowship, Out of Round Funding, Start-Up Grants for Young Artists and the ACT Book of the Year Award. If you require more information you can take a look at the ACT Arts Fund: General Information Pack. (link to http://www.arts.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/293804/2013_ACTAr...)

4. Do I require an ABN?

In order to get paid as a performer it is important that you or your band/ensemble/choir, etc. have a registered ABN (Australian Business Number). This is a relatively quick and easy process. Just head to: https://abr.gov.au/ABRWeb/Homepage.aspx?Task=f76a11f5-255d-4ed4-86ec-ece...

5. Do I need to pay GST as an artist?

If your business is earning over $75 000 then you will be required to be registered for GST. You must have an ABN in order to register for GST.
Registering for GST is also quite easy – you can do it over the phone by calling the Australian Business Register on 13 28 66 between 8am and 6pm Monday-Friday. Alternatively, you can complete a paper form called ‘Add a new business account’. You can order a copy of the form by ordering online (link: http://www.ato.gov.au/content.aspx?doc=/content/34875.htm) or by calling 1300 720 092 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The ABR has stated that it will introduce online GST registration in the near future so make sure you keep an eye out for that as well.