Applause: Latest funding and awards announced

$450,000 in Copyright Agency's Culture Fund grants, Design Tasmania 2019 Award winners, John Fries Finalists, 2020 Stand Up! Grants plus more news.

The Copyright Agency has announced funding of $455,691 for 21 ground-breaking projects and six new initiatives supporting writing, reading, editing, education, publishing and the visual arts in its second and final round of grants for the year.

Highlights include: Funding for Fremantle Press to help train authors on media promotion and showcasing their work to festival directors; a First Nations Story Anthology (UQP) edited by Ellen van Neerven; funding for Urban Theatre Projects in Bankstown to engage three Lebanese-Australian writers to create novellas rewriting the dominant narratives around the lives of second-generation Lebanese-Australian citizens, and funding for Poetry In Action to develop a new work for schools, ‘Riots and Revolutions’.

Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling said: ‘There’s terrific diversity in this round of grants and we are all looking forward to the exciting new works that will come from supporting these innovative projects.

‘The Copyright Agency’s members generously commit 1.5% of the agency’s revenue every year to benefit the creative landscape in Australia through grants and Fellowships. Every year, we see the ground-breaking results of this funding. This year alone, we have seen Melissa Lucashenko’s extraordinary success for Too Much Lip (written during her Author Fellowship), and recently Allen & Unwin acquired rights to Author Fellow Kathryn Heyman’s new work Fury,’ Suckling said.

‘This year we are supporting some key industry mentoring projects, such as the highly successful Residential Editorial Program for mid-career editors and support for Sydney Theatre Company’s ongoing program to benefit new playwrights.

‘As well as supporting the development of new work, we have provided $50,000 for curated panel sessions at our key writers’ festivals and will provide the first-ever prize money of $10,000 for The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist Award and two shortlisted writers,’ Suckling concluded.

Details of the recipients of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund can be found on the website.

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