Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund grants more than $1m

January 23, 2018

Just a few short weeks after announcing the recipient of the Cultural Fund’s $80,000 Author Fellowship as Kathryn Heyman, the Copyright Agency has announced it will provide $1.035m to 35 arts organisations in 2018.

The Copyright Agency’s CEO, Adam Suckling, says: “Everything we do supports our members – authors, journalists, publishers, visual artists and educators – and Australia’s creative community.

“For instance, the Griffith Review’s Novella Project which we have supported since 2011 and are funding for a further three years, has really helped writers advance their careers. Nick Earls’ work, which appeared in Novella Project III, was developed into Wisdom Tree: Five Novellas and won a NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards People’s Choice Award; while a story from Melanie Cheng’s Australia Day, first published in Novella Project IV, was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for new Australian Fiction 2017.

“We’re confident this grant round will similarly deliver some inspired and successful works for the creative community and Australian readers and audiences through 2018 and beyond,” says Mr Suckling.

Among the successful grantees are:

  • Australian Embassy Beijing – $120,000 for three years – to take Australian authors to Beijing and Shanghai for major events
  • Deakin University – $79,800 – to expand on preliminary research into adolescents’ reading habits
  • Griffith Review’s Novella Project – $75,000 for three years – which will publish up to 15 emerging and established writers
  • NT’s Ninti One project to help Aboriginal artists ethically and equitably commercialise their art ($15,000)
  • Sydney Theatre Company’s Emerging Writers’ Group, which will see new playwrights mentored by Andrew Bovell ($20,000)

In addition, the Cultural Fund has offered grants to three writers festivals (Perth, Adelaide and Sydney) who will host This Book Changed My Life panels and three key poetry organisations The Red Room, Australian Poetry and International Performing Writers’ Association. For the complete list of 2017 recipients, click here.

The Cultural Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Copyright Agency. Our members commit 1.5% of revenue every year for vital grants to enhance the profile of Australian creators and to support our dynamic writing, publishing and visual arts sectors.

The Cultural Fund offers two rounds of grants throughout the year. For more details head to

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