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Lucashenko wins Copyright Agency fellowship; $115m distributed to members in 2015-16

Melissa Lucashenko has been named the 2016 Copyright Agency Cultural Fund Author Fellow, worth $80,000 after the prize money doubled from its inaugural year in 2015.

Lucashenko will use the fellowship to work on ‘Too Much Lip’, a novel that ‘aims to look at modern Aboriginal life in the bush and address intergenerational trauma in an honest and hopeful way’. She was chosen from a shortlist of three that also included Georgia Blain and Jacqueline Kent.

The announcement was made at the Copyright Agency’s annual general meeting in Sydney on 23 November. The recipients of the Copyright Agency Publisher Fellowships, funding ‘vital research into the newest digital publishing trends and emerging business models and technologies internationally’, were also announced.

The recipients, who each receive $10,000, were:

  • Bradley Gaylard (creative director at Firefly Education), to ‘review innovations in education
    publishing to develop export markets in primary education’.
  • Louise Cornege (publicity manager at Allen & Unwin) to ‘review the latest global trends, strategies and technologies in
    digital publicity and marketing campaigns for adult, children, illustrated, audio and e-books’.
  • Mary Coe (proprietor at Indexing Services) to ‘review design improvements for indexes in
  • Alexandra Payne (nonfiction publisher at UQP) to ‘research the new wave of digital disruption in the UK and headed
    towards Australian publishing’.

At the AGM CEO Adam Suckling reported that $115m had been distributed to members in the 2015-16 financial year, down from $136.6m in 2014-15. Suckling said the Copyright Agency had distributed an average of $100m a year to members over the past decade.

Among the Copyright Agency’s highlights for the financial year were a new content agreement with media company Isentia, the continued rollout of the agency’s textbook subscription service LearningField, and 12% growth in commercial licensing.


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