Copyright Agency distributes $1.3 million

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New Australian plays, Indigenous art and writing, and a number of festivals are among those projects supported in the latest round.
Copyright Agency distributes $1.3 million

Red Stitch Actor's Theatre's The Moors; image by Rob Blackburn. Red Stitch has been named as a beneficiary of the Cultural Fund. 

The Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund will distribute $1.3 million to 56 projects in the first round of the two-round funding scheme for 2017.

This is in addition to the $66,000 already granted to individual artist through the Copyright Agency's Ignite and Create Funds earlier this year.


The $1.3 million includes funding to develop over 15 new Australian plays, and supports theatre companies including Belvoir in Sydney, La Boite Theatre Company in Brisbane, and Red Stitch Actors' Theatre in Melbourne.

Other beneficiaries include The Stella Prize, the Melbourne Writers' Festival and the National Young Writers Festival.

Copyright Agency CEO, Adam Suckling, said ‘The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund comes from the generosity of our members who have committed 1.5% of the agency’s revenue every year. This important source of funding helps to ensure Australia’s talented and diverse literary and artistic community can continue to generate creative work for the benefit of all Australians.’ 

The Fund also supports projects promoting further engagement with Indigenous culture, including a three-year commitment to the National Indigenous Story Awards, and to the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ outreach education program, HOME: Aboriginal art in NSW.

Cultural Fund officer Nicole Evans said: 'A strong focus for the Cultural Fund, and the Copyright Agency, is to support Indigenous creators and programs that will establish a greater understanding and engagement with Australian First Nations’ histories and culture.'

The Copyright Agency's program Reading Australia will continue its work with remote Indigenous publisher Magabala Books, in Western Australia, and its focus on commissioning teaching resources such as books for secondary students. Additional funding is committed to the Eleanor Dark Foundation Fellowships for Indigenous Writers.

Three Artist in Residence programs – in Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria – have also been supported. The residencies will enable artists to create new works, exhibit their work in group shows and develop new skills. 

Index of funding:

$29,000 to Children’s Literature (4 projects)
$20,725 to Cultural Institutions (1 project)
$122,500 to Education (4 projects)
$122,500 to Festivals (7 projects)
$76,000 to Journals (8 projects)
$10,000 to Poetry (2 projects)
$30,000 to Prize Contribution (2 projects)
$124,400 to Publishers (4 projects)
$52,000 to Theatre (3 projects)
$145,800 to Trade Associations (7 projects)
$76,460 to Visual Art (4 projects)
$92,310 to Writers (7 projects)

The Cultural Fund is open for applications until 9 October, 2017.

About the author

Andrea Simpson is ArtsHub's Feature Writer and Reviews Editor. Andrea is a Filipino-Australian writer with a love for diverse Australian stories. She is curious about all forms of art, though she has an especially keen interest in the publishing sector.

Andrea has had short stories published in various anthologies, and is currently working on her first novel.  

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