Aussie book industry supported at Parliament House

The Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers (PFABW) celebrated its first anniversary in late September with a record number of attendees at Parliament House. Launching the Australian Reading Hour for 2018, co-chairs Assistant Minister the Hon. Linda Reynolds CSC and Graham Perrett MP, noted they were pleased with the turn out for such a […]

Are you prepared for our December payments?

In December, we will distribute approximately $14m to members for licence fees. These payments are for electronic sharing and photocopying of member content in the education and commercial sectors. If you are expecting a payment, here’s a reminder to consider the following: Tax payments Payments from the Copyright Agency are treated as income for tax […]

Akil Ahamat, 'So the spaces between us can stay soft' (2018)

Akil Ahamat wins the 2018 John Fries Award

Sydney artist Akil Ahamat has been awarded the annual $10,000 John Fries Award for emerging artists by the Copyright Agency at the opening of the award exhibition at UNSW Galleries. The judges also highly commend Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel from South Australia for her work Kapi Wankanya. Now in its ninth year, the prestigious John Fries […]

Top educational publishers awarded

The 2018 Educational Publishing Awards Australia in Melbourne recently brought together a committed group of people to celebrate excellence and recognise going above and beyond for the advancement of students. The big winners of the evening were PLD and Oxford University Press who were awarded Primary and Secondary Publisher of the Year respectively, as voted […]

Feeling stressed? Pick up a book during the Australian Reading Hour

It comes as no surprise that reading books can be good for you, but did you know that reading can reduce stress more quickly than having a cup of tea? According to a study from the University of Sussex 1, reading can reduce stress by as much as 68% and it works faster than other […]

Publisher Director election set for October

In July, the Copyright Agency sought nominations from members for three elected Board Director positions – that of Publisher Director, Author Director and Artist Director. Incumbents, journalist Adele Ferguson and visual artist Dr Oliver Watts, will remain on the Board as their positions have not been contested. The two people running for the Publisher Director role are the incumbent Jane Curry (Ventura […]

$124m paid to publishers, writers and artists

Dear members, I wrote in Creative Licence in July about changes to the Copyright Agency’s Future Fund, where the Board has decided it is prudent to reduce the amount in the Fund from $15m to $12m over the next three years. You can read my July message here. Further to that, our end of financial […]

Fellowship applications close soon

The Copyright Agency is currently accepting applications from writers and artists for three of its annual Fellowships, each worth $80,000. There are two new fellowships in 2018 – for non-fiction writing and visual art – as well as the existing author fellowship. Applications close on 24 September. To find out more and to apply click […]

Image Credit: Author Fellow, Rodney Hall. Photo by Ross Bird. Non-Fiction Fellow, Krissy Kneen. Photo by Anthony Mullins. Visual Artist Fellow, Khaled Sabsabi. Photo by Khaled Sabsabi.

Image Credit: 2020 Reading Australia Fellow, Karen Yager. Photo by Paul Wright.

Image Credit: Created using Shutterstock and Unsplash.

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