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AHA Newcastle Hunter - Paul Woseen Memorial Music Grant

The AHA Newcastle Hunter - Paul Woseen Memorial Music Grant is dedicated to honouring the memory and contribution of The Screaming Jets founding member & bassist ​Paul Woseen, providing support to aspiring local singer/songwriters in their creative endeavours,  and fostering the city’s live music industry.

Woseen's influence on The Screaming Jets echoes through the band's illustrious discography, with 10 studio albums and over 50 songs to his credit.  These accomplishments include the band's groundbreaking debut "All For One" (1991), which all hit the Top 5 of the ARIA Charts and their 30th-Anniversary re-recording of "All For One" in 2021 made a triumphant return to the ARIA Albums Chart at #4.


Their most recent album release, "Professional Misconduct" (2023), serving as Paul’s last recording with the band before his passing, not only debuted impressively at #3 on the ARIA Charts but also clinched the coveted #1 position on both the ARIA Australian albums and Vinyl albums charts. Additionally, it claimed the top spot on both the iTunes and AIR (Australian Independent Record) album charts, solidifying Woseen's pivotal role in steering The Screaming Jets to continued chart-topping success.


Through this initiative, we strive to encourage young singer/songwriters to pursue music as a career and to perpetuate Paul Woseen’s passion for music and his commitment to the art of songwriting and performance.

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Grant Inclusions

1. Recording and Production of an original single: At TAFE NSW within the campus’ $2-million-dollar recording studio and managed by head music production teacher Lee Rolfe


2. Performance Mentoring Workshop: Provided by University of Newcastle


3. Official single music video: shot and produced by Moose Creative Agency

4. Official single launch event with dedicated publicist: The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Mayfield


5. $5K cash grant: to be used only as outlined in the submission proposal


6. Mentor Session (artist): Artist/s TBC pending recipient genre


7. Mentor Session (agent): Hour-long session with Harbour Agency Senior Agent, Tony Grace to be conducted in person at Harbour Agency, Sydney


8. Mentor Session (Management): Online mentor session with The Screaming Jets Management team

Grant Guidelines

The AHA Newcastle Hunter - Paul Woseen Memorial Music Grant aims to support aspiring local singer/songwriters in their creative endeavours while fostering the city’s live music industry. Through this initiative, we strive to encourage young singer/songwriters to pursue music as a career and to perpetuate Paul Woseen’s passion for music and his commitment to the art of songwriting and performance.​


The objectives of this grant include:​


  • Financial Support: Provide financial assistance to local singer/songwriters at various stages of their careers, helping them pursue their artistic projects, and ensuring that financial constraints do not hinder their creative potential.

  • Artistic Development: Encourage the growth and development of local singer/songwriters, offering them resources and opportunities to build industry relationships, refine their craft, and bring their musical ideas to life.

  • Industry Building: Provide opportunities for aspiring, local singer/songwriters to pursue a career in the recording and performing of original music.

  • Honouring the legacy of Paul Woseen: Preserve and celebrate the legacy of Paul Woseen by offering this grant in his name to support and showcase talented local singer/songwriters, thereby perpetuating his love for music, songwriting, and performance.



Recipients can use the $5,000 cash component for projects such as (but not limited to):​

● Festival performances

● Showcase opportunities

● NSW, National & International tours

● Album or EP recording

● Album or EP release PR & marketing

● Composition development

If your intended project is not listed above but you believe it fits this grant please call AHA Newcastle Hunter on 0447 956 170 to discuss or email Applicants can use funding for projects taking place between 1st May 2024 - 30th April 2025.


To apply you must be:

● An artist or band over the age of `18 and residing within one of the Greater Newcastle Local Government Areas including Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens, Maitland, or Cessnock and able to demonstrate a link to the Newcastle LGA through either music-related study, recording or performance.

● An artist or band with an unpublished original song, or part thereof, ready to work on​

● Available and willing to record and produce an original song in line with the grant framework, at the Hunter campus of TAFE NSW between 1st May and  31st August 2024 and participate in an official song launch event at the Stag & Hunter Hotel on Friday, 6 September 2024.


  • Applications Open: Friday, 23 February 2024

  • Applications Close: Thursday, 4 April 2024

  • Recipients Announced: Friday, 26 April 2024

  • Single Launch Event: Friday, 6 September 2024

  • ​Funds to be used for projects carried out between: 1st  May 2024 - 30th April 2025


Applications will be assessed by a peer panel against the following criteria:

● Evidence of an ongoing commitment to the pursuit of a career in the music industry including aims, development, and history

● Quality of prior music/recordings and support material provided as part of the application process

● Sound planning and strategy around how the cash component will be used to support career growth

● Ability to convey how the musical career of Paul Woseen has been inspiring or active in shaping any goals, plans, or musical pursuits.



Applicants will be required to submit an application that includes:

1. A bio and portfolio (including audio files and/or performance videos where possible) of previous work;

2. A budget and overview of how and when the funding will be used;

3. Agreement to provide an acquittal report of how funds were allocated within an agreed timeframe;

4. A statement explaining any connection to Paul Woseen’s legacy and how you have been inspired by his songwriting and/or performance; and

5. An overview of how the grant would assist your music career and why you believe you are the right recipient.

​To apply for the grant, you need to complete and submit an application form via links on this website.  Applicants do not need an ABN to apply, but you will be required to provide an ABN if your application is successful. Applications close at 11.59pm (AEST/AEDT) on the specified closing date. If you are unable to submit an application online for access reasons, please contact Nikki Taylor on 0447 956 170 or via email at before 5pm on the closing date.





A panel of music industry professionals will assess the applications based on the assessment criteria. All decisions will be final. Once a decision has been announced no further discussion will be entered into. Applicants will be notified of their application results no later than Friday, 26 April 2024. Payments of the grant will occur following the return of a signed funding agreement and the receipt of a tax invoice for the grant amount (plus GST if registered for GST) from successful applicants. An acquittal is the process of evaluating and reporting on outcomes and expenditure of funds provided by AHA Newcastle Hunter. Under the funding agreement, all funding recipients are required to provide AHA Newcastle Hunter with an acquittal for their project. The acquittal is due 4 weeks from the completion date of the project. You are required to acquit against your original application. Failure to submit an acquittal, or submission of an unsatisfactory report will render you ineligible to apply for further funding, and in instances where an acquittal shows that funding has not been used for the purpose specified in the original application, AHA Newcastle Hunter will seek the return of funds.



​Any questions? Please email Nikki Taylor at

Need more support? Contact Nikki for a confidential conversation on 0447 956 170.

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