Australian Creators Get Cash Injection

April 17, 2013

Copyright Agency has announced its latest round of Cultural Fund recipients, benefiting authors and artists through 46 arts, educational and publishing organisations with just under $800,000 in funding.

A significant number of initiatives provide opportunities for Indigenous artists and writers, including $25,000 for the Queensland Literary Awards David Unaipon Award for an unpublished Indigenous manuscript; $37,500 to support new plays by emerging and Indigenous Northern Territory playwrights and $20,000 for training in fabric design for Indigenous artists in Sydney and Brisbane.

Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund Manager Zoё Rodriguez says a record number of applications were received for the February round of funding, from incredibly diverse organisations. “We are thrilled with the level of innovation we are seeing in the applications and can’t wait to see the outcome of the projects which will help to contribute to Australia’s cultural landscape over the next 12 months and beyond.”

Other initiatives to receive funding include:

  • $20,000 a year for three years to Inscription, to establish a Fulbright Scholarship for an established playwright to spend four months developing a play and building professional networks in New York;
  • $20,000 for children’s book authors and illustrators to attend residencies at Pinerolo in the Blue Mountains; and
  • $25,950 for a Fiction Edition of the Big Issue magazine. The theme for this year will be Make me Smile.

The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund supports a wide variety of projects which aim to encourage emerging talent and help grow Australia’s rich creative cultural community. Copyright Agency’s members have provided almost $13.9m since 1995 for the Cultural Fund to support projects as diverse as festivals, residencies, symposiums, prizes and publications. Monies for the Cultural Fund come from 1.5% of Copyright Agency’s revenue.