Cultural Fund grants more than $455,000 to the Australian creative community

December 9, 2019

The Copyright Agency has announced funding of $455,691 for 21 ground-breaking projects and six new initiatives supporting writing, reading, editing, education, publishing and the visual arts in its second and final round of grants for the year.

Highlights include: funding for Fremantle Press to help train authors on media promotion and showcasing their work to festival directors, a First Nations Story Anthology (UQP) edited by Ellen van Neerven, funding for Urban Theatre Projects in Bankstown to engage three Lebanese-Australian writers to create novellas rewriting the dominant narratives around the lives of second-generation Lebanese-Australian citizens, and funding for Poetry In Action to develop a new work for schools, ‘Riots and Revolutions’.

Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling says, “There’s terrific diversity in this round of grants and we are all looking forward to the exciting new works that will come from supporting these innovative projects.

“The Copyright Agency’s members generously commit 1.5% of the agency’s revenue every year to benefit the creative landscape in Australia through grants and Fellowships. Every year, we see the ground-breaking results of this funding. This year alone, we have seen Melissa Lucashenko’s extraordinary success for Too Much Lip (written during her Author Fellowship), and recently Allen & Unwin acquired rights to Author Fellow Kathryn Heyman’s new work Fury,” Mr Suckling says.

“This year we are supporting some key industry mentoring projects, such as the highly successful Residential Editorial Program for mid-career editors and support for Sydney Theatre Company’s ongoing program to benefit new playwrights.

“As well as supporting the development of new work, we have provided $50,000 for curated panel sessions at our key writers’ festivals and will provide the first-ever prize money of $10,000 for The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist Award and two shortlisted writers,” Mr Suckling says.

Full list of 2019 Cultural Fund Round 2 recipients:

 Children’s Literature

  • Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation: $52,800 over two years for its Australian Children’s Laureate Stipend
  • Better Reading: $8,000 for Better Reading on Writing – Diversity in Children’s Writing Podcast


  • Australian Publishers Association: $30,000 for its Residential Editorial Program for Editors

 Programs for school students

  • Poetry in Action: $22,727 to develop a new school’s program Riots and Revolutions
  • The Literature Centre Inc: $10,000 for its Talented Young Writers Program (Years 6-12) in Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Geraldton, WA
  • Australian Library and Information Association: $60,000 over two years for Australian Reading Hour

Professional development for teachers and educators

  • AustLit and The University of Queensland: $15,000 for Teaching and Learning with Blackwords professional development for teachers in Western Australia
  • Australian Association for the Teaching of English: $8,000 for Australian Association for the Teaching of English Conference 2020
  • Australian Literacy Educators’ Association: $8,000 to Literacies of our Learners Conference: Understanding, Responding, Connecting


  • Australian Poetry: $19,700 for the Australian Poets Festival 2020


  • Sydney Theatre Company: $60,000 over three years for new writing and mentorships
  • Urban Theatre Projects: $8,000 for Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Sarah Ayoub and Omar Sakr to create novellas rewriting the dominant narratives around the lives of second-generation Lebanese-Australian citizens

 Visual Art

  • Institute of Modern Art (Qld): $15,000 for Creolization: supporting new work by Australian artists
  • Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art: $15,300 for 2020 Open Studio Program – supporting Australian mid-career artists.


  • MPavilion: $10,000 for MPavilion Emerging Indigenous Writer In-Residence Program
  • PEN Melbourne Centre of International PEN: $6,000 to FreeSpeak Project: Promoting literature, Defending Freedom of Expression
  • Kill Your Darlings: $12,240 for KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship 2020
  • Fremantle Press: $5,750 for training authors in media promotion and showcasing to festival directors
  • University of Queensland Press: $10,000 for a First Nations Story Anthology edited by Ellen van Neervan
  • Western Sydney University: $25,000 for two writers in residence
  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature: $45,000 over three years for the ASAL Public Events Program 2020-22 including writers lectures, panels and conferences
  • Support for Adelaide Writers’ Week ($15,000), Byron Writers’ Festival ($5,000), Newcastle Writers’ Festival ($5,000), Perth Festival Literature & Ideas Weekend ($10,000) and Sydney Writers’ Festival ($15,000).
  • The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist Award 2020-22: $30,000 over three years

The Cultural Fund offers two rounds of grants each year. For more details, see

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,