Our co-investment strategy builds on the Council’s trusted brand, our relationships and our wealth of experience which underpins innovative approaches to arts investment.
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Donate and support opportunities for artists
The Australia Council is committed to growing private, public and philanthropic funds to support the arts and create more opportunities for artists and arts workers.
We have a long and proud history of partnering with philanthropic foundations, corporations and individual donors to co-invest in the arts. Together we have realised unforgettable creative experiences and supported the talents of extraordinary artists who have enriched the lives of Australians everywhere.
In 2021 we are pleased to be working with co-investment partners that include Perpetual, PPCA, ARIA, University of Melbourne, The Sidney Myer Trust and the Myer Foundation, the Mordant Family, The Sid and Fiona Myer Foundation, UKARIA, The Estate of Debra Porch and hundreds of individuals and families who value the arts. Thank you for your support.
These important relationships have resulted in inspirational opportunities for artists through the Marten Bequest Scholarships, Dal Stivens Award, Kathleen Mitchell Award, First Nations Emerging Career Development Award, Debra Porch Award, Lady Mollie Askin Ballet Scholarship, Sir Robert William Askin Opera Scholarship, Cross Family Fellowships, Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship and Australia at La Biennale di Venezia.
Every year hundreds of donors, including individuals and trusts, foundations and corporations, have co-invested with us to support our vision for a world where Australian arts lead. We hope you will join us.
The Australia Council is listed on the Registrar of Cultural Organisations and operate the Australia Council Donations Fund, which has endorsement as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) confirmed by the ATO. Every donation of $2.00 or more is tax deductible.
Leaving a legacy
By leaving a gift in your Will to the Australia Council you can support artists and creativity beyond your lifetime. Your legacy will enrich Australian arts and culture for the benefit of future generations.
All requests for our suggested will wording to help you leave a legacy to artists are welcome.
Australia's representation at the Venice Biennale
Australia has been represented at the Venice Biennale since 1954 by 40 distinguished contemporary visual artists. This unique opportunity provides Australian artists and curators with high profile international exposure to new audiences, markets and contexts. Australia holds a special position as one of only 29 countries to have a national pavilion within the Giardini della Biennale, and the first 21st Century building. The award winning Australian Pavilion designed by Denton Corker Marshall opened in 2015 and was made possible through a highly successful public-private partnership.
Laura Elizabeth Woollett: 2020 Marten Bequest Recipient (Prose)
For Laura Elizabeth Woollett, receiving the Marten Bequest scholarship means more time to focus on her writing and working towards her dream of one day having a work adapted for screen. Her tip for aspiring young writers - “Don't try to write the next great millennial novel or gen Z novel or pandemic novel, a work has more chance of it being timeless and original if it's born out of your own specific interests”.
Marshall Stay: 2020 Marten Bequest Recipient (Acting)
For Marshall Stay, as for many others, the disruption of COVID-19 has “thrown a spanner in the works". He says the scholarship will allow the time and space to focus on his career in the creative industries “I am humbled to have had this faith placed in me - it’s a very comforting feeling to know that you are believed in and supported for what you’re doing”.
Oliver Mol: Marten Bequest Recipient (Prose)
For Oliver Mol, receiving the Marten Bequest scholarship is “utterly, literally life changing”. As a young writer, he says, “Sometimes, more than anything, we need to hear those words, that someone believes in what we are doing, in us, and that we can, and should, keep going”.
PPCA and Australia Council announce sound recording grant recipients
Today the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts announce the five newest recipients of $15,000 grants to assist with the creation of new sound recordings.The partnership between the two organisations began in 2013 and has, as of this year, provided support to over 40 new Australian recordings across a diverse range of genres.