The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund has given $132,500 to four Queensland based creative projects and more than $933,000 to projects nationally in its latest grants round.
Queensland based initiatives include: $20k to the State Library of Queensland for the Communities of Story project; $12k over two years for the Queensland Poetry Festival to support the inaugural Indigenous Poetry Prize; $10,500 to Playlab for The Incubator, a series of playwriting workshops; and $90k for the Queensland Theatre Company for an Indigenous New Work Residency.
Queensland Theatre Company’s Indigenous New Work Residency will support the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and works. The residency will contribute significantly to the opportunities available for emerging and established Indigenous artists to advance their professional skills and create new works through a three-month intensive development program.
Chief Executive of the Copyright Agency, Adam Suckling, says the Cultural Fund has given $20m to creative organisations and individuals such as authors, teachers and visual artists since it began in 2004.
“In this round of funding there is strong support for all forms of Australian creativity including journalism, Indigenous storytelling, children’s literature and enhancing Australian literacy,” Mr Suckling says.
“The Copyright Agency’s members generously give 1.5 per cent of annual revenue from their copyright royalties to provide opportunities to Australian creative organisations to develop new programs and engage audiences. This support is critical to Australia’s vibrant cultural life,” Mr Suckling says.
Submissions for the next round of the Cultural Fund are invited until 26 February, 2016.