The first step to planning a tour in Australia is to organize an Australian entertainment visa sponsor. They will be needed to start the visa process:
- The Entertainment Class 420 Visa is required for Canadian musicians and crew to perform paid, temporary engagements in Australia
- Applications are submitted by a registered sponsor – typically your Australian agent, manger or promoter – along with a letter of support from the Musicians Union of Australia
- Time: The average processing time for a complete application is 2 – 3 months (don’t even think of booking travel until you’ve secured these visas)
- Upfront Costs: Musicians Union of Australia: $110.00 AUD, Entertainment VISA application: $570.00 AUD
- Taxes: Canadian Artists will be subject up to a withholding tax on performance revenue
For more detailed information on Visa requirements, please download Australian Work Permits for Musicians Overview.
Once you’ve got that underway, you’ll have time to learn more about Australia. It’s a country, and a continent, and an island – divided into seven regions. For more information on each region, please see the Regions in Australia descriptions below.
Australia is home to an abundance of music festivals. Some festivals even travel to multiple major cities, making them ideal for touring performers. For more information please see the Australia’s Major Festivals tab below.
An in-depth analysis of the music business opportunities for touring performers in Australia and New Zealand was published in 2015 by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Music & the Arts and Canadian Music Week. The report is available here: The Music Market in Australia and New Zealand.
The Music themusic.com.au
Australia’s premier music, lifestyle, culture, film and TV destination. A multi-platform music, lifestyle and culture company dedicated to creating superior content for an audience of highly engaged Gen Ys.
Australian Music Scene www.australianmusicscene.com
Dedicated to promoting what is fast becoming one of the biggest music scenes in the world.
Triple J www.abc.net.au/triplej
Triple j is a government-funded national Australian radio station targeted to listeners between the ages of 18 and 24. It places greater emphasis on Australian music and alternative music compared to commercial stations.
Double J doublej.net.au
We’re bringing you a cohesive and diverse mix of the best new music from Australia and overseas, plus the songs and artists that triple j has championed over the past four decades.