ACCC to develop mandatory code aimed at compelling big tech to pay for valuable content

Copyright Agency welcomes the joint announcement by the ACCC and the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts to develop a mandatory code of conduct to address commercial arrangements between digital platforms and news media businesses. While the announcement represents a step forward, the effectiveness of the code is one hundred percent dependent on […]

2016 Publisher Fellowship report: Alexandra Payne

The non-fiction publisher (trade) at UQP, Alexandra Payne, received a Copyright Agency Publisher Fellowship in 2016 to find out, “How the practice and future of the contemporary publisher or commissioning editor will evolve with the opportunities presented by ongoing digital disruption?” Read her report: How do trade publishers innovate in a time of digital evolution, and what form […]

Australia Council’s Wenona Byrne talks literary trends

In November last year, the Australia Council’s Literature Director, Wenona Byrne, delivered the keynote speech at the Independent Publishing Conference organised by the Small Press Network. We’ve reproduced Wenona’s speech, which offers terrific insights into current trends and opportunities in publishing (with her permission). Frankfurt Book Fair In October 2017, I attended the Frankfurt Book […]

IGNITE funding captures insights to advance Aussie publishing

Kate Sherington, Digital Business Manager at Pan Macmillan Australia, attended the Digital Publishing Innovation Summit in London in 2017, courtesy of a Cultural Fund IGNITE grant. The digital summit provided her with fresh insights on capturing and exploiting data, which she is already working to integrate. Kate says, “The main focus of the conference was […]

Eight creators receive funding to help ignite their careers

This year the IGNITE fund for emerging creators attracted over 70 applications – a significant increase on previous years. Our judges met in early May and approved $21,000 to eight creators, most of whom will improve their professional practice through international training programs. They are: Visual Artist, Claudia Chaseling (ACT) Journalist, Bianca Robinson (NSW) Publishing […]

Australian Reading Hour set for September

The Managing Director of Hachette Australia, Louise Sherwin-Stark (pictured), officially launched Australian Reading Hour at the ABIA Awards on 25 May. Here’s an extract from her speech: The Australian Reading Hour will take place on Thursday 14 September. This first cross-industry reading campaign is supported by the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Publishers Association, the […]

Third annual Brian Johns Lecture: Saving news that matters in a time of information overload

On Thursday 4 May the Centre for Media History, in collaboration with the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, hosted the annual Brian Johns Lecture at the Metcalfe Auditorium in the State Library of New South Wales. Speaking to a full house on the subject ‘How the internet killed my business model: Saving news that matters in a time […]

Judges meet to decide on Ignite recipients in 2017

On 5 May our esteemed Career Fund judging panel met to discuss and review applications to the March round of the Ignite grants program. Supporting individuals working in the writing, publishing and visual art sectors, the Ignite Career Fund is a Copyright Agency Cultural Fund initiative that develops skills and helps to progress the careers of […]

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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