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Copyright Agency announces recipients of $455k in funding grants

Twenty-one projects and six new initiatives have received a total of $455,691 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

  • Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation: $52,800 over two years for its Australian Children’s Laureate stipend
  • Better Reading: $8,000 for its Better Reading on Writing–Diversity in Children’s Writing podcast


  • Australian Publishers Association: $30,000 for its Residential Editorial Program

 Programs for school students

  • Poetry in Action: $22,727 to develop a new ‘Riots and Revolutions’ school’s program
  • The Literature Centre Inc: $10,000 for its Talented Young Writers Program (Years 6–12) in Albany, Bunbury, Busselton and Geraldton
  • Australian Library and Information Association: $60,000 over two years for Australian Reading Hour

Professional development for teachers and educators

  • AustLit and the University of Queensland: $15,000 for its Teaching and Learning with Blackwords professional development for teachers in Western Australia
  • Australian Association for the Teaching of English (AATE): $8,000 for the AATE Conference 2020
  • Australian Literacy Educators’ Association: $8,000 to the Literacies of our Learners Conference: Understanding, Responding, Connecting


  • Australian Poetry: $19,700 for the Australian Poets Festival 2020


  • Sydney Theatre Company: $60,000 over three years for new writing and mentorships
  • Urban Theatre Projects: $8,000 for Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Sarah Ayoub and Omar Sakr to create novellas rewriting the dominant narratives around the lives of second-generation Lebanese–Australian citizens


  • MPavilion: $10,000 for the MPavilion Emerging Indigenous Writer In-Residence Program
  • PEN Melbourne Centre of International PEN: $6,000 for the FreeSpeak Project: Promoting Literature, Defending Freedom of Expression
  • Kill Your Darlings (KYD): $12,240 for the KYD/Varuna Copyright Agency Fellowship 2020
  • Fremantle Press: $5,750 for training authors in media promotion and showcasing to festival directors
  • University of Queensland Press: $10,000 for a First Nations Story Anthology edited by Ellen van Neerven
  • Western Sydney University: $25,000 for two writers in residence
  • The Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL): $45,000 over three years for the ASAL Public Events Program 2020–22, including writer’s lectures, panels and conferences
  • Support for Adelaide Writers’ Week ($15,000), Byron Writers’ Festival ($5,000), Newcastle Writers’ Festival ($5,000), Perth Festival Literature & Ideas Weekend ($10,000) and Sydney Writers’ Festival ($15,000).
  • The Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Young Australian Novelist Award 2020–22: $30,000 over three years.

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


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