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Copyright Agency announces recipients of $1.035m funding grants

Thirty-five arts organisations have received a total of $1.035m in the latest round of funding from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Literary organisations and projects that received funding in the various categories include:

Children’s literature

  • Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) NSW branch: $5,000 for a professional development conference.
  • IBBY Australia: $55,000 over three years to ‘[showcase] Australian youth literature in a global market’.

Cultural institution

  • National Gallery of Victoria: $21,250 for the Melbourne Art Book Fair 2018.
  • State Library of Western Australia: $10,000 to fund a creative fellowship.


  • Primary English Teaching Association Australia: $20,400 towards its ‘Writing the Future Showcase’.
  • Sydney Story Factory: $30,000 for its 2018 ‘Year of Poetry’ program.


  • Deakin University: $79,821 over two years for its research project, ‘Australian adolescents and reading: Discoverability and cultural pathways to engagement’.
  • Murdoch University: $20,299 over two years for its research project, ‘Teacher librarians as Australian literature advocates in schools’.


  • Adelaide Writers’ Week: $20,000 to sponsor special panel discussions.
  • Perth Writers’ Festival: $15,000 to sponsor special panel discussions.
  • Sydney Writers’ Festival: $27,600 for its ‘Writers on Writers’ panel discussions.


  • Griffith Review: $75,000 over three years for the Novella Project VI, VII & VIII competitions.
  • Mascara Literary Review: $5000 over two years for the Mascara Literary Review Editing Mentorships for Equality program.
  • un Projects :$12,000 to fund Indigenous-led contemporary art discourse.


  • Australian Poetry Ltd: $22,000 over two years to fund Australian Poets Festival 2018-19.
  • International Performing Writers’ Association: $36,000 over three years for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 Australian Poetry Slam events.
  • Red Room Company: $43,950 over three years for its poetry in First Languages series, ‘Mother Tongues’.

Prize contribution

  • Magabala Books: $60,000 over three years for the Magabala Youth Literature Award.
  • Spineless Wonders Publishing Pty Ltd: $21,000 over three years for the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award.
  • The Walkley Foundation: $13,000 to fund the Walkley Award for Arts Journalism and the Walkley Pascall Prize for Arts Criticism

Trade associations

  • Australian Association for the Teaching of English / Australian Literary Educators’ Association: $20,000 for its 2018 National Conference for the Teaching of English & Literacy.
  • Australian Children’s Literature Alliance: $48,000 over two years for the Australian Children’s Laureate Program.
  • Australian Society of Authors: $15,000 for ‘Welcome to Illustrators: The Rejuvenation of the Style File’.
  • Institute of Professional Editors: $25,650 over two years to fund a program focused on educating editors and authors.


  • Australian Embassy Beijing: $120,000 over three years to fund the Australian Writers Series 2018-20.
  • Express Media: $20,000 for its 2018 program.
  • NSW Writers’ Centre: $21,000 over three years for ‘Honouring Australian Writers 2018-20’.
  • University of Sydney: $10,000 for the Sydney School of Education & Social Work Writer-in-Residence 2018.
  • UNSWriting School of the Arts and Media: $20,000 over two years to fund two writers’ residencies for South-Asian Australian Writers,

Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling said in a statement, ‘everything we do supports our members—authors, journalists, publishers, visual artists and educators—and Australia’s creative community … We’re confident this grant round will similarly deliver some inspired and successful works for the creative community and Australian readers and audiences through 2018 and beyond.’

For more information about the projects to be undertaken by the organisations, click here.


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