Additional $125,000 in Emergency Action Funding takes total to $500,000

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The Copyright Agency has announced an additional $125,000 under its Emergency Action Funding, in addition to the recently announced $375,000 and bringing forward of allocated Cultural Fund grants to the first part of next financial year.

Copyright Agency’s CEO Adam Suckling said, “Our earlier-announced Emergency Action Funding of $375,000 was overwhelmed with applications to support writers, publishers, visual artists and creative organisations in a quick and efficient response process.

“Sadly, as is always the case in assessing applications, there were many exceptional ones we could not fund under this round. Moreover, the crisis in the arts sector due to COVID-19 remains severe. We have therefore decided to increase funding,” Mr Suckling said.

The $125,000 will be allocated in the following manner:

  • $60,000 to support significant creative organisations that have been impacted by COVID-19. This funding will be for organisations applying to the Cultural Fund’s Round Two, closing on 12 June, and will be assessed by the Copyright Agency in July. Applicants will be informed of the outcome on 6 July.
  • $65,000 will be allocated to highly ranked projects submitted to the first round of Emergency Action Funding. These were exceptional projects and only missed out as there were so many strong applications and any funding could only go so far.

“Copyright Agency is also focused on ensuring that we continue to collect and distribute the money due to our members. We distributed close to $116m for the use of an enormous amount of material by 3.8m school students, tens of thousands of university students, hundreds of thousands of public servants and major businesses across Australia,” Mr Suckling said.

The Copyright Agency Board has resolved that the $125,000 to support the initiatives will come from the Copyright Agency’s Future Fund.

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About the Copyright Agency

The not-for-profit Copyright Agency connects users and creators of content, providing licences for the use of copyright material such as text, images, art and survey plans. We manage the educational and government licences for the use of text and images, as well as the resale royalty scheme for artists (by Government appointment). Our members include writers, artists, surveyors and publishers. Membership is free.

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