After making a significant contribution for thirteen and half years to the Copyright Agency and Australian creators and culture, Cultural Fund Manager Zoë Rodriguez has decided to leave the Copyright Agency and consider new opportunities.

Zoë came to Copyright Agency as a lawyer where she quickly established herself a role coordinating and then leading the policy area, advocating to government and others on behalf of Copyright Agency’s author, artist and publisher members.

In this period she began working with the late Brian Johns AO then Chair of Copyright Agency’s Board and Cultural Fund Committee. This included agitating for the adoption of the long-sought Resale Royalty for artists. Zoë coordinated Copyright Agency’s successful tender to run this scheme and then ran information sessions around the country for artists to understand this new IP right, and for gallery and auction houses to implement it.

After this, Brian asked Zoë to take on running Copyright Agency’s Philanthropic arm, the Cultural Fund, which Zoë has managed for almost ten years. In her time as Cultural Fund Manager Zoë transformed it so that it served a wide range of artistic and educational persons and communities.

Key achievements in her time as Cultural Fund Manager include:

  • Successfully overseeing the increase of the Cultural Fund from 1 to 1.5% of licensing revenue, so that it is now around $2 million per year, supporting around 200 projects per year.
  • Encouraging viable applications from the visual arts sector, which had received very little Cultural Funding previously.
  • Establishing the fellowships program for creators and others involved in the publishing and visual arts sectors.
  • Establishing and managing the landmark Reading Australia initiative, which celebrates Australian writing and facilitates its use in classrooms.

Zoë has raised the profile of both Reading Australia and the Cultural Fund by her presence at numerous cultural events across Australia, and looks forward to future involvement in furthering cultural programs in Australia.

Copyright Agency CEO, Adam Suckling thanked Zoë for her significant contribution to both the Copyright Agency and Australia’s cultural landscape and wished her all the very best into the future.