10 years of Resale Royalty for Australian artists

9 June 2020 marked a decade of the Resale Royalty Right for Visual Artists in Australia. The Copyright Agency is appointed by the Australian Government to collect and pay royalties to artists when their work is resold. Under the Resale Royalty Scheme, a 5% royalty is payable on certain resales worth $1,000 or more. You […]

Copyright Agency releases $375,000 and brings forward $1.8m in Cultural Fund grants in COVID-19 support

Copyright Agency announces a full program of support for writers, visual artists and publishers in the face of the severe challenges they face as a result of COVID-19. Under this program, Copyright Agency will provide an additional $375,000 in grants to creators, as well as bringing forward to the first quarter of next financial year […]

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 […]

John Fries Award 2020 finalists announced

The Copyright Agency has announced the finalists for one of Australia’s most highly anticipated awards for early career artists, the John Fries Award 2020. The John Fries Award is a $10,000 non-acquisitive award recognising the talents of early career visual artists from Australia and New Zealand. For the second consecutive year, respected Melbourne-based visual arts […]

Fake Art Harms Culture Campaign

Federal Court rules against Birubi but Aboriginal artists need further protections

Joint statement – Indigenous Art Code, Copyright Agency, Arts Law Centre of Australia The Indigenous Art Code, Copyright Agency and the Arts Law Centre of Australia have called for tougher laws to protect against the misrepresentation of fake art in the wake of the Federal Court’s findings against Birubi. The Federal Court found that Birubi […]

Copyright Agency awards $46k to authors, artists

Eight authors and three artists have received a total of $46,440 from the Cultural Fund’s IGNITE grants program. The grants, ranging from $1900 to $5000, support the individuals through structured mentorships, residencies and study, some of which involves international travel. The authors are:  NSW: Winnie Dunn, Adele Dumont, Ellen O’Brien and Michele Freeman. VIC: Janine […]

New Alexander Calder exhibition at National Gallery Victoria

Alexander Calder is celebrated in his first Australian retrospective at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), featuring works never-before-seen in Australia, including an impressive display of Calder’s most iconic forms: suspended mobiles. Known as the artist who made sculpture move, Calder’s radical and pioneering practice changed the course of modern art. The Copyright Agency has […]

What you’ve been asking us about resale royalty

The key questions we receive from artists are: When is a sale a resale? and When does royalty apply? When is a sale a resale? To answer this question, we often need to take a step back and talk about the first or primary sale from the artist and who they sell to, or through. […]

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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