Payments are coming! Update your details

Our largest annual payments to members – the Schools and Universities distributions – are coming up in June 2020, along with the TAFE distribution and payments to visual artists. We know that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic many of you are anxiously awaiting these distributions. We’re working hard to maintain our schedule with […]

Member update: Canada, COVID and more

Dear Members, I write to update you on a recent court decision in Canada; what we have being doing for you around COVID-19; our legal cases; payment for news content by big tech; and the Cultural Fund. Canadian judgement: writers, publishers and visual artists win, but still get smashed I think it is worth soberly […]

Supporting creators through COVID-19

For those who work in the creative and cultural sectors, and whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, here are some resources and initiatives that could offer you further support. Books and publishing The APA has a range of resources for publishers on their website. Read more. The ASA has 14 grants of $1,000 […]

Member update: payments during COVID-19

Dear Members, We have understandably had enquiries about whether COVID-19 and the associated necessary public health measures, as well as their economic impact, will stop or delay our payments to members. I completely understand your concern, as many of you are particularly adversely affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19. I’d like to assure you […]

Member update: COVID-19

Dear Members, As you know, the rapid spread of Covid-19 has led to WHO declaring it a global pandemic. I hope that you, your family and loved ones are doing as best as possible under the circumstances. I wanted to let you know that Copyright Agency is taking steps to reduce any risk to members […]

Classic Australian picture book turns 40

Hazel Edwards’ beloved children’s book There’s a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020. Drawn to life in 1980 by illustrator Deborah Niland, the lovable Hippo has starred in seven picture books, a junior chapter book, classroom play scripts, a musical and a short film. The books have also been […]

Creators unite for bushfire relief

An outpouring of generosity from Australia’s arts community has seen over half a million dollars raised for the online #AuthorsForFireys appeal. Inspired by a 2017 fundraiser for asylum seekers, authors Emily Gale and Nova Weetman launched a bushfire relief auction on Twitter. The #AuthorsForFireys hashtag went viral, attracting more than 1,300 lots from more than […]

Our new Member Portal is headed your way

At the end of 2019, the Copyright Agency rolled out the first round of planned improvements to the Member Portal. These updates form part of our commitment to enhancing member services by: Providing a more intuitive experience in the Portal Making it easier to manage and update your account Streamlining the onboarding process for new […]

Image Credit: Sample book artwork spreads designed by Joanna Hunt for Allen & Unwin / Tjanpi (November 2019). Stills are from the Tjanpi Desert Weavers stop-motion animation Ngayuku Papa (My Dog): Bluey and Big Boy; story & narration by Maureen Butler, directed by Jonathan Daw and Maureen Butler, 2018.

Image Credit: 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist. Book covers supplied.

Image Credit: Aboriginal artist Elton Wirri. Photo by Guy Louanglath.

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