The Seed - an arts fund

Philip Stevens Management

"It has been a pleasure working with an artist that has such a strong social conscience as John Butler. The JB Seed has been a fantastic idea in concept and now in actuality. I was very happy to contribute to an ongoing grants program that is going to benefit many artists and projects that might not have got that initial helping hand from traditional funding bodies" www.jarrahrecords.com
Philip Stevens Management

John Butler

When Danielle and I first started the fund we always intended for it to grow into something that wasn't just funded by ourselves but contributed to by many movers and shakers within the Australian music community. In the beginning we felt it was necessary for this fund to have credentials and for that my intials served well. But now as we look towards the next five years it's time to put the next phase of the plan in motion. This is an Initiative funded BY the music community FOR the music community and I feel The Seed best represents our inclusive approach" www.johnbutlertrio.com
John Butler

John Watson – Manager Silverchair, Missy Higgins, Little Birdy

"It seems like lots of us spend lots of time these days talking about how things should be different. However, few of us consistently DO enough to actually help change things. John and Danielle are among the few who actually back up their words with deeds. The time and energy they devote to the The Seed program sets a great example for all the rest of us who sometimes need some help in shaking off the dreaded compassion fatigue."”
John Watson – Manager Silverchair, Missy Higgins, Little Birdy

Paul Kelly

"I couldn't get a record deal in 1984 so I borrowed money from a friend to make a record called Post. Not everyone has friends who can afford that but I see the JB seed as the kind of friend that can." - www.paulkelly.com.au
Paul Kelly

Missy Higgins

"There should be more grant programs like The Seed. Our country is bursting with talented, creative minds that aren't able to express themselves because they don't have the means to. I'm eternally thankful for my leg-up into the industry, and I'm proud to be supporting a fund that offers the same chance to other artists."
Missy Higgins

Bill Cullen – One Louder Management

"Culture is an imperative part of any society. From great societies in history, it is the cultural figures and their work that we remember and learn from, not their business leaders. Unfortunately most modern societies don't recognise this, and very few resources are put into developing contemporary culture. I am delighted to support the JB Seed, and tip my hat to John and Danielle for their gift to young artists, especially for the opportunities created for remote and indigenous artists for whom it is much harder to have their voices heard."
Bill Cullen – One Louder Management

Maureen Ritchie

"As an active investor in many areas of the arts around Australia I see our culture as unique and strong, so I would like us to be immersed, totally surrounded and celebrating our cultural roots and visions as much as possible. The Seed is an invaluable asset for the fusion of investment with remote and emerging artists around Australia. It's important that new voices get into the music industry rather than be overwhelmed by it's power, and I see The Seed as a very real tool to make this happen"
Maureen Ritchie

Paul Gilding and Michelle Grosvenor, ECOS

"We are delighted to support The Seed, particularly the Social Activism through the Arts program. When we were struggling young activists we were always grateful for the financial and moral support of others, including many from the music industry such as Midnight Oil. It is such an honor be able to now give back and support young creative spirits with a passion for making the world a better place. Thank you to The Seed for giving us this opportunity!"”
Paul Gilding and Michelle Grosvenor, ECOS

Correne Wilkie, Manager The Cat Empire and Jackson Jackson

"Being involved in The Seed is one of the most rewarding things I do each year, and I am thrilled to participate as a panelist on the Management workshop and as a financial contributor. It’s great to see funding going directly into the hands of artists and aspiring managers who deserve it, and who are well supported by ‘The Seed’ as they make effective in-roads into the music industry. I look forward to being further inspired by this process"
Correne Wilkie, Manager The Cat Empire and Jackson Jackson

Brett Oaten

"The Seed Management Workshop is the most inspiring event on the music industry calendar. Well, it would be if it was actually ON the calendar. I'm very proud to participate in, and to support, this wonderful initiative" www.brettoaten.com.au
Brett Oaten

The Waifs

Australian folk, blues, rhythm and blues music. www.thewaifs.com
The Waifs

Christie Eliezer

It's an indication of the maturity of the Australian music industry when artist initiatives like The Seed and the Hilltop Hoods' SA hip hop grants emerge to make a difference. The Seed is my sort of project — it tries to make some impact on current social culture, it opens up visions for up and comers, and it reaches out to those artists from indigenous and remote communities who need it the most. And I believe in The Seed because Danielle and John are a quietly achieving power couple who've been giving back to their folks for a long time. It's always good to make mistakes on your journey, but I wish something like the JB Seed had been around when I started out in this wonderful madness — Christie Eliezer, music industry columnist, Pollstar, Billboard
Christie Eliezer

Simon – Falls Festival

The Falls Music and Arts Festival has been thrilled to be involved with the The Seed fund, it is a perfect two way relationship. The Seed is an inspiring initiative that  attracts many great varying new and upcoming artists that we would not always be across  as festival programmers.
Simon – Falls Festival

The Australia Business Arts Foundation

The Australia Business Arts Foundation, through the Australia Cultural Fund, has been working with The Seed since it started in 2005.  AbaF promotes private sector support for the arts, and the Seed is a wonderful example of how an individual (John Butler) has been able to motivate his peers and colleagues to support his vision financially and contribute to Australia’s cultural life.  It is great to see the outcomes from the management workshops and particularly the participation of musicians from the Top End.
The Australia Business Arts Foundation

Carlo Santone – Blue King Brown

"It's been an honour to work with The Seed team and be part of the development of such a great initiative, Artists committed to supporting Artists, this program is the real deal." www.bluekingbrown.com
Carlo Santone – Blue King Brown

Sebastian Chase and Kylie Greenlees of MGM distribution

Distributor of hundreds of local and international record labels. www.thegroovemerchants.com
Sebastian Chase and Kylie Greenlees of MGM distribution

Sonicbids

Sonicbids see The Seed as a vital resource to the Australian Independent community and are proud to support such a cause. This past year we spent more than $500,000 to sponsor, support and create slots specifically reserved for independent bands and artists at festivals around the world. www.sonicbids.com
Sonicbids

One Movement

The australian music industry would have no fruit without the watering of the artistic seeds. The “ Seed’ plays a significant role in the nurturing and development of emerging talent and the talent required to support it. after 5 years the fruit of the seeds efforts is evident for those lucky enough to be given an opportunity to flourish under their guidance. We believe the seeds philosophy is essential for a healthy and sustainable music industry.
One Movement

The Seed Fund’s new partnership with APRA

Eight emerging songwriters and composers will be given a career break thanks to the 2011 Professional Development Awards (PDA), proudly presented by APRA. Supporting emerging songwriters and composers, APRA in conjunction with music organisations and educational institutions, are pleased to be involved in the development of music creators at the Read On

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2010 Successful Applicants

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In 2010 we received over 250 applications for The Seed funding in 2 categories – Art For The Public and the Management Workshop. Many days were spent going through them to form a shortlist. The problem we had was narrowing down the shortlist as there were so many deserving applications. Read On

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Project Outcomes 2010

THE SEED 2010 ROUND – TOTAL FUNDING $73,406.35 HERE IS WHAT WE FUNDED IN 2010… STAY TUNED AS THE OUTCOMES START ROLLING IN ART FOR THE PUBLIC – TOTAL FUNDING $13,406.35 Jasmine Habbouchi is creating a mural on the walkway wall at Bondi Beach. The image Jasmine will use is Read On

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2010 Applicant Shortlist

In 2010, we received over 250 applications for the Management Workshop and Art For The Public. From these a shortlist has been made with the final successful applicants being announced by Friday May 7. A big thankyou to everyone who applied this year, it was a mammoth task sorting through Read On

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2010 Applications are now CLOSED

A massive thank you to everyone who applied, we had an overwhelming response to the 2010 Categories. Sign up to the mailing list and stay tuned for the 2011 round announcement and all things Seed.Read On

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  • The Seed aims to help Australian artists from any background, creating art and music across any genre, to establish themselves as self-sustained, professional artists. Please contact us at info@theseedfund.org
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  • "When Danielle and I first started the fund we always intended for it to grow into something that wasn’t just funded by ourselves but contributed to by many movers and shakers within the Australian music community.

    In the beginning we felt it was necessary for this fund to have credentials and for that my intials served well. But now as we look towards the next five years it’s time to put the next phase of the plan in motion. This is an Initiative funded BY the music community FOR the music community and I feel The Seed best represents our inclusive approach” John Butler