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Copyright Agency announces recipients of $500k in funding grants

Twenty-five arts organisations have received more than $500,000 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:

Cultural institutions

  • The Library Board of Queensland: $80,033 for three years of its black&write Indigenous editor training program


  • Bad Producer Productions: $14,000 for The Garrett to produce podcasts that compliment Reading Australia’s teaching resources for works by diverse writers

Indigenous organisations:

  • Us Mob Writing: $10,000 for its Poetry in Language program


  • Sydney Review of Books: $49,500 for its Emerging Critics Fellowships over three years
  • Griffith Review: $30,000 for its Reportage Pilot Program
  • The Big Issue: $20,000 for its annual fiction edition


  • Red Room Poetry: $18,000 for its Poetic Moments Journeys project, to feature Australian poetry on public transport
  • Avant Gaga: $10,000 for its Poetry Night at Sappho event series

Prize contributions

  • Perpetual Limited: $37,500 for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award
  • Spineless Wonders: $5000 for its Microflix Award and Symposium, a literature-based short film festival
  • UWA Publishing: $56,100 for its Dorothy Hewett Award for an unpublished manuscript over three years


  • NewSouth Publishing: $10,000 for Reading Like an Australian Writer (ed by Belinda Castles)
  • University of Queensland Press: $12,000 for an Indigenous poetry anthology edited by Alison Whittaker


  • Sydney Living Museums: $10,000 to commission ‘Cutter & Coota’, a new play for young people by author Bruce Pascoe
  • Red Stitch Actors Theatre: $45,000 for its INK New Writing Program over three years

Trade associations

  • The Australian Historical Association: $8000 for travel and writing bursaries
  • The Melbourne Press Club Incorporated: $25,000 for its Social Justice Journalism Fellowships 2019
  • The Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE): $10,500 for its 2019 national conference


  • University of Notre Dame: $30,000 for a residency for novelist Charlotte Wood

Writers centres

  • New England Writers’ Centre: $3714 for the inaugural Varuna/New England Writers’ Centre Fellowship
  • ACT Writers Centre: $11,992 for its ACT Writer-in-Residence program
  • Centre for Stories: $11,475 for its Inclusion Matters program.

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund is now open for Round Two 2019 applications.  Applications close on 30 September 2019. For more information about the recipients, see the Copyright Agency website.


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