Jessie Lloyd and her Mission Songs Project is the recipient of the International Touring Grant from The Cat Empire and The Australia Council for the Arts.
Jessie Lloyd’s Missions Songs Project was selected from the pool of applicants who applied for funding in the Australia Council February 2019 grant round. Jessie will take the Mission Songs Project to Mexco in June.
“We were honestly humbled by the number of impressive artists who responded to this opportunity,” shared The Cat Empire trumpeter and co-vocalist Harry Angus. “There was lots amazing music to listen to, and of course some heated discussion as to who each member thought the winner should be, but ultimately we are satisfied that Jessie Lloyd is definitely ready to take that next big step to take her very unique Australian music across the globe. It has been such an inspiring and rewarding project to be involved in.”
Paul Mason from the Arts Council of Australia adds, “The Australia Council has always been proud that we funded the Cat Empire on one of their early international tours, and for the band to now be reinvesting in other artists is an act of real leadership. Jessie Lloyd’s application stood out in a very competitive round against our selection criteria of artistic merit, good planning and in the case of this collaboration with The Cat Empire, international impact”.
Acts deemed eligible for the funding in the Australia Council February 2019 round were assessed and shortlisted and then handpicked to receive the funding which includes mentoring in ways to tour internationally. The grant offers both financial and mentoring support.
The Cat Empire will be announcing a run of Australian dates for October and November soon.