Six Labels Get Gov. Funding

Six record labels were awarded more than  $240,000 total from the Australia Council to help record and market 35 releases.

It is part of the Council’s pilot Recording Initiative scheme, which offered grants ranging from between $16,900 and $47,850.

The six labels are hip hop-focused Elefant Traks, artist manager Troy Barrott’s Hub Artist Services, alt-rock Spunk Records, Siberia Records and 4-4-2 Music – all from Sydney – and Darwin’s Skinnyfish Music, which is home to blind indigenous singer songwriter Gurrumul and East Timor activist Ego Lemos.

The Head of the Council’s music board, Paul Mason, said they received 65 applications. The council originally planned to choose three labels but found more money.