Council for the Arts has today announced that 128 arts organisations will
receive a total of $28 million a year from 2017 through the Council’s new Four Year
Funding program, in the final implementation of the new grants model.
Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said the Four Year Funding
program was a key component of the Culturally Ambitious Nation strategy,
designed to foster a vibrant and sustainable arts sector.
small to medium organisations receiving Four Year Funding represent diverse art
forms and types of practice from across the country, including 25 per cent from
regional and remote areas,” Mr Grybowski said.
companies support the development of Australian artists and have each
articulated a compelling strategic plan to deliver artistically and culturally
vibrant programs, and inventive ways to expand their audiences and markets.”
the first time organisations across all areas of practice seeking multi-year
funding were assessed at the same time, with both emerging and established
companies being successful. This has enabled organisations to be viewed as part
of an holistic national framework, within areas of practice and across the arts
sector as a whole. I am particularly pleased about the success of youth theatre
companies and the strong vision of an impressive cohort of First Nations-led
“After lengthy sector consultation the
Australia Council launched a responsive new grants model last year, which
included consistent multi-year core program funding across all art forms. Four
Year Funding will enable organisations to plan ambitious artistic programs with
longer term certainty and increase their capacity to leverage other support and
was designed to enable new organisations to access multi-year funding as well
as requiring all companies to demonstrate how their work contributes to the
Council’s strategic goals. This has been achieved with a third of the
successful applicants not currently receiving multi-year funding and a diverse
group of leading companies being successful again.
program is part of an integrated approach to arts funding which included change
needed for long-term sustainability within a national ecology. It was always
intended that slightly fewer companies would be funded at a higher level,
demonstrated by the average funding for organisations increasing annually by $62,000,
compared to the previous programs. This funding was designed to be complemented
by regular project grant rounds. The Council has already invested more than $10
million in project grants for small to medium organisations this financial
investment in core program, project and strategic support for small to medium
arts companies is a testament to the vital role they play in creating new work,
engaging local artists and global audiences, and providing an environment for
creative risk and innovation which benefits the entire arts sector.
“While celebrating the success of the
companies forming the new cohort, the Council acknowledges that the outcomes of
this highly competitive process will be difficult for some companies and is
committed to supporting the sector through this period of change. This support
will take various forms, responding to the different needs of both individual
organisations and practice areas.”
- $112 million will be invested in the new Four Year
Funding program for small to medium arts organisations, with a total of $28
million per year awarded to 128 organisations.
- There are 43 new organisations (33%) receiving multi-year
core program funding.
- The average Four Year Funding level is $219,000,
compared with $157,000 under the previous programs.
- More than 80% of the successful applicants have a
focus on creating new work over the next four years.
- 80% of the successful organisations will deliver
capacity building as part of their activities.
- Two thirds of the successful applicants identified
international activity as a priority.
- More than half the organisations plan to tour as
part of their program.
- 10 theatre companies making work by, with, and for
young people, have been successful.
- 17 First Nations-led organisations have been funded
and more than 40% of successful applicants identified an Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander arts and culture component to their work.
- Applications were received from across the country,
with 25% of successful applicants based in regional or remote areas.
- 262 applications were received for Four Year
- 124 applicants were successful through the Four
Year assessment process. There are four additional organisations being funded
under the Four Year program through partnerships with state and territory arts
- 73 peers assessed applications for arts
organisations in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts;
Community Arts and Cultural Development; Dance; Emerging and Experimental Arts;
Literature; Multi-Arts; Music; Theatre; and Visual Arts.
- Organisations needed to submit a five year
strategic plan that addressed the published criteria, including artistic merit
or quality of services to the arts, along with organisational capacity and contribution
to the Australia Council’s strategic goals.
- The minimum amount of funding arts organisations
could request each year was $75,000 and the maximum was $300,000. Recipients of
Four Year Funding are no longer eligible to apply for Council project grants
- The Four Year Funding agreements will start on 1
January 2017 and finish on 31 December 2020. Applications will open for the
next round of Four Year Funding in 2019.
- Australia Council funding is part of a national
arts funding framework which includes support through federal, state and local government
programs, private sector support and philanthropy.
- No organisations have been cut or defunded. The current
cohort of small to medium organisations have contracts until December 2016 and
would always have had to apply in a competitive environment for the next round
of multi-year organisational funding.
see the Four Year Funding results click here .
are now open for the next project grants round, which closes on 7 June 2016.
more information go to: www.australiacouncil.gov.au
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