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Copyright Agency announces recipients of $1.049m funding grants

Thirty-seven arts organisations have received a total of $1.049 million 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

  • The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA): $12,000 for its 2019 CBCA National Conference

Cultural institutions

  • National Museum of Australia: $25,000 for its ‘Living with the Anthropocene’ nonfiction essay collection
  • State Library of NSW: $22,500 to its ‘Going Places’ author-touring project


  • Australian School Library Association: $5000 for its project entitled ‘Leading Learning in Literacy: 50 years of the Australian School Libraries Association’
  • Australian Literacy Educators’ Association: $10,245 for its 2019 national conference
  • Australian Association for the Teaching of English: $5800 toward supporting English teachers to select and teach Indigenous stories


  • Sydney Writers Festival 2019: $25,000 for panel sessions
  • Perth Festival Writers Week 2019: $15,000 for panel sessions
  • Adelaide Writers Week 2019: $20,000 for panel sessions
  • Queensland Poetry Festival: $10,000 for panel sessions


  • Chicago Quarterly Review: $15,000 for the Australian edition of the Chicago Quarterly Review
  • Kill Your Darlings: $7240 to fund KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship
  • Island Magazine Inc: $20,000 toward contributors’ fees 2019


  • Red Room Poetry: $38,000 for the Poetry Object Prize and partnerships—cross-curricular/disciplinary outreach

Prize contributions

  • TLB Society Inc: $21,000 towards The Lifted Brow Prize for Experimental Nonfiction and related writing workshops
  • First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN): $20,000 for FNAWN poetry and short story prize and workshops


  • The Guardian: $30,000 to grow readership of Australian writers and books 
  • Melbourne University Publishing: $10,000 to fund an anthology of Australian prose poetry

Trade associations

  • Australian Publishers Association (APA): $30,000 to fund Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative guides
  • The Melbourne Press Club Incorporated: $10,000 for its Supporting Young Journalists Project 2019
  • Australian Society of Authors (ASA): $115,000 towards the Copyright Agency Developmental Mentorships for Writers and Illustrators


  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS): $120,000 to fund the Copyright Agency’s new writer-in-residence program over three years
  • Jumbunna Institute, UTS: $30,000 to fund its Blak Letter Law project over two years, showcasing literary collaborations linking Indigenous writers and jurists
  • University of Queensland Library: $90,000 over three years to fund its creative writing fellowship
  • National Institute for Experimental Arts/The Big Anxiety Festival, UNSW: $6620 towards the Big Anxiety Writers Program 

Writing opportunities

  • Express Media: $60,000 to put toward its ‘toolkits’ workshops over three years 
  • Writing NSW: $30,000 over three years toward Boundless, a project showcasing and supporting culturally diverse writers 
  • Fremantle Press: $2400 to showcase new authors to festival directors.

Cultural Fund officer Nicola Evans said that over the past year ‘the Cultural Fund has supported significant mentorship and development opportunities for our young and emerging Australian writers, publishers and visual artists to enable them to develop new skills, acquire knowledge and create new works that will further their careers as well as investing in our dynamic writing, publishing and visual arts sectors.’

For more information about the projects to be undertaken by the organisations, see the Copyright Agency website.



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