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Thirteen literary groups receive four-year OzCo funding; key orgs miss out

Thirteen literary organisations have received grants as part of the Australia Council’s Four-Year Funding program, worth $5.97m over the next four years. The recipients are:

Journals and publishers

  • Australian Book Review
  • Griffith Review
  • Magabala Press
  • Overland
  • University of Queensland Press
  • IAD Press

Writers’ festivals

  • Brisbane Writers’ Festival
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival

Other groups

  • Eleanor Dark Foundation (Trading under Varuna, the Writers House)
  • NT Writers’ Centre
  • The Red Room Company
  • University of Western Sydney (Writing and Society Research Centre)
  • The Wheeler Centre.

The $5.97m shared by literary organisations makes up just 5.29% of the $112.7m shared by 128 small to medium arts organisations through the Four-Year Funding program. The successful recipients were chosen from 262 applications.

ArtsHub reports that 62 previously funded organisations have missed out on funding. Meanjin editor Jonathan Green told the Guardian its application for $95,000 funding per annum was rejected. ‘If we can’t replace that money we’ll probably have to close it,’ said Green. ‘We are a small magazine–our circulation hovers around the 2,000 mark–and even though our sales and audience are growing in a really gratifying way, we’re still a way away from being able to stand on our own two feet commercially.’

Youth literary organisation Express Media, which was awarded a $120,560 three-year key organisations grant in 2013, also had its funding application rejected. Other literary organisations that received multi-year funding in 2013 who have not been awarded grants in this round include Australian Poetry, Island magazine, the Centre for Youth Literature and Queensland Writers Centre.

The announcements follow an extended period of uncertainty for Australia Council funding applicants. The Australia Council announced in August 2014 it was introducing a six-year funding program for organisations following a review of its grants program and industry consultation, with applications to open in January 2015.  The funding program was suspended following the $110m in cuts made to the Australia Council in the 2015-16 federal budget. The Australia Council announced in July last year it had replaced the program with a four-year funding model.


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