Cultural Fund Supports TiNA Festival

July 19, 2011

The Copyright Agency is pleased to announce it will provide valuable support to This Is Not Art (TiNA) festival organisers to help deliver the $18,000 financial shortfall and keep the lights and sound on at this annual Newcastle cultural festival.

The Copyright Agency through its Cultural Fund will provide dollar-for-dollar funding for the TINA festival up to $9,000 as this festival is considered to be one of the most important national events on the calendar of young creators.

When TINA organisers were recently notified its triennial financial funding would not be renewed, the Copyright Agency was quick to step in and offer the much needed economic support.

“This is all about supporting people at the very beginning of their careers,” says Cultural Fund Manager, Zoë Rodriguez.

“TINA is an amazing five day showcase of young and emerging Australian talent. It’s vital we continue to do all we can to assist in mentoring new talent and deliver exciting creative works and performances from these established festivals.”

Funds for the Cultural Fund are allocated from licensing revenue collected on behalf of Copyright Agency members. With the continued support of the more than 20,000 artist, writer and publisher members, the Cultural Fund remains passionately committed to actively supporting cultural development in Australia and partnering with other supporters of the arts.

With many of Australia’s creative industries under pressure, the allocation of Cultural Fund grants has become even more critical to assist creators to continue to play an active role in defining our cultural heritage.

Zoë says, ‘”We are proud to offer funding which complements other sponsorships including the in-kind support already offered by Newcastle City Council to help TINA run a successful 2011 festival.”

Writers, visual artists, musicians, performers and producers travel each year from across the country and from overseas to attend workshops, network with other like-minded creators, build their skills and showcase their works. The Copyright Agency is proud to play a role in nurturing and investing in creative events like TINA.

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