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Copyright Agency announces recipients of $350k in Cultural Fund grants

Twenty-five arts organisations have received a total of $352,773 in the latest round of funding from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. The grants cover the first two rounds of funding for 2020 and 2021.

‘We have brought forward the decisions on these grants to assist creators during Covid-19 time, given the crisis the sector is facing,’ said Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling. ‘This support provides some help to many of the creative organisations who are now planning for the second half of 2020 and in to 2021.’

Suckling added, ‘Further, to continue to support our members and the creative sector during this pandemic, we have brought forward our second round of funding for organisations for 2020 and these decisions will be announced in early July.’

Literary organisations and projects that received funding this round include:

Awards and residencies:

  • The Eleanor Dark Foundation/Varuna: $10,000 for the Blue Mountains International Writers’ Residency Program for Australian writers
  • Spineless Wonders Publishing: $9000 for the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award 2021
  • State Library of Queensland: $15,000 for the Queensland Literary Awards—David Unaipon Award 2020
  • The Stella Prize: $75,000 over three years for the Stella Prize 2021–23
  • University of Tasmania: $60,000 over three years for the Hedberg Writers-in-Residence Program
  • Westerly Centre: $23,319 for Westerly magazine’s Writers’ Development and Fellowship Program 2020–22


  • Australian Book Review: $20,000 for commentary on cultural, political and social issues
  • Better Reading: $15,000 for online month-long features and promotion of Australian emerging authors
  • Big Issue in Australia: $5000 for the Big Issue fiction edition
  • Griffith Review: $16,000 for Unsettling the Status Quo: Supporting new First Nations’ work
  • Meanjin: $60,000 over three years


  • Cordite Publishing: $10,000 for payments to poetry contributors and book authors
  • The University of Queensland Press: $7000 for the Extraordinary Voices for Extraordinary Times Poems and Podcast project

Other projects:

  • Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council in the Northern Territory: $12,000 to write and create the children’s book ‘All the Animals’,  a children’s story book about donkeys and Anangu by storytellers and artists of Tjanpi Desert Weavers
  • Booked Out Agency: $15,000 for Celebrating Literature across Australia: Rural and Regional Author Visits
  • International PEN Sydney Centre: $30,000 over three years for PEN Free Voices—funding for speakers’ events
  • Word Travels: $49,000 for Story-Week 2020, 2021, 2022.

For more information about the latest round of recipients, see the Copyright Agency website.


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