Jon Lemon Artist in Residency Program

The Jon Lemon Artist in Residence is offered in recognition of one of the world’s leading and most experienced live-sound engineers. Having worked with such artists as Sia, Lana Del Ray, Nine Inch Nails and The Cure (just to name a few), Jon is a proud South Australian and regularly returns to his home state when not touring the globe for his work.

This Program in Jon Lemon’s name aims to support South Australian song writers, producers and engineers to create new music through collaboration. It recognises the value of collaboration to create new work and to develop ongoing professional relationships that contribute to industry development.

For a special themed round of the program (August 2018), you can apply for $2000 for a project that enables you to work collaboratively with experts in games development towards a new body of work.


Successful applicants will be paired with reps from two of the hottest game developers in Adelaide: Novus Res, known for their acclaimed range of Virtual Reality (VR) games, and Mighty Kingdom, Australia's largest independent game developers.


These masters will guide you through the ins and outs of the composing process, where you will work on new music together from the initial conceptual stages of a game to a theoretically "market-ready" product.


Over 8 days (non-consecutive), you'll work collaboratively on a music brief for a 'demo' product, and also gain valuable insight into how to market your musical work in this capacity in future. This project will also help to introduce South Australia's games creatives to a larger network of local artists who could potentially compose new original content for them.


This project offers $2000 to the successful applicant(s), and this funding is intended to support the Artist in Residence for the duration of their time in the program, and can be put towards loss of income.


The duration of the residency is 8 mandatory days (these can be non consecutive, and/or split into half days or after hours). Successful applicants will schedule these days in consultation with the games reps, and the total project should be completed within a 3 month period between 1 October - 31 December.


Up to 2 successful applicants will be chosen in a peer assessed process, for individual participation in their respective projects.


The residency will take place in the songwriting rooms at St Paul's Creative Centre. Successful applicants will also be granted temporary hot desk membership at the Centre during their time in residence.

Successful applicants may also be asked to participate in public forum discussions about song writing in the St Paul’s professional development program, as part of their residency.

Note: Songspace rooms are located on Level 1 of St Paul’s Creative Centre. In your application, please include any special access needs you may have (e.g. wheelchair).


Elizabeth Reid - Project Officer, Contemporary Music
(08) 7320 3307

South Australian based musicians and music industry representatives that are creating and working with original, South Australian music of all genres are eligible to apply.

Eligible expenses for this grant include support for the Artist in Residence for the duration of their time in the program e.g loss of income or other costs associated with the project.

Applicants resident in South Australia are able to include interstate artists or producers / engineers as part of their collaborative project.

Applicants who have any outstanding funding acquittals with Arts South Australia will not be eligible for this program.

  • Applications close 5pm, 19 January 2018 for projects to begin from 19 March 2018

Please read the criteria specified in Essential reading before applying.

Applications will be assessed by industry peers, which may include a representative from APRA AMCOS, in conjunction with the Music Development Office.

Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • The artistic and/or professional skills of the people involved

  • The creative and collaborative objectives for the residency


You are encouraged to discuss your budget with the relevant Arts South Australia project officer to determine your eligible expenses.

Before submitting an application, be sure to read the following information:

Support Material

Ensure that you submit one signed original hard copy of your complete application, including all support material and one digital version on either a cd or usb, again, including digital copies of all relevant support material, including:

  • Web links to the music of artists involved
  • Bios of artists participating in the project
  • Letters of support from relevant performers and industry professionals.

Application Checklist

  • I have discussed my application with an Arts South Australia program officer
  • I have supplied one signed digital copy of the entire application and supporting documents
  • Where appropriate, I have supplied current letters of support from the relevant Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists or organisations endorsing the cultural merits of the project
  • I have retained a copy of this application for my records.

Contact Information:

Primary Contact:
Elizabeth Reid
Program Officer Contemporary Music, Music Development Office
Email Address:
(08) 7320 3307