The Australia Council
for the Arts has today announced more than $7 million to support 270 projects
delivered by individuals, groups and small-to-medium organisations through the
first of three grant rounds for 2017.
The $7.2 million announced today includes
$2.7 million to support projects by 158 individual artists; $0.9 million to
support 36 groups of artists; and $3.6 million to support 76 arts organisations.
Last week the Australia Council also announced
$3.2 million in funding which has been invested through Playing Australia ($2.0
million); Contemporary Touring Initiative ($577,000); Visual Arts and Craft Strategy-individuals
($445,000); and Contemporary Music Touring Program ($190,000).
Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski
said this grant round was highly competitive and that he was pleased to see the
new model continuing to support such a diverse range of activity and attracting
a large number of new applicants.
“The Council’s grants program supports
all facets of the creative process, enabling Australian artists to undertake
professional development, create new work through individual and collaborative
processes, and present their work to audiences in all parts of Australia and across
the globe. The findings of the Council’s third National Arts Participation
Survey will be released in late June and they tell a compelling story about the
role of the arts in the lives of Australians, one that reinforces the
importance of this type of investment,” Mr Grybowski said.
Australia Council analysis of the
February grant round reveals that:
- 21% of
funding was awarded to applicants in regional and remote areas;
- 39% of the
successful applicants had an international component to their project;
- 33% of
successful applicants to the Arts Projects programs nominated audience
engagement and access and participation in the arts as the primary outcomes of
- 115 peers assessed
this round, including 22% from regional and remote areas; and
- 15% of the peer
assessors identified as being culturally and linguistically diverse and 19%
identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
Two years after its launch the new
grants model continues to deliver increased accessibility and flexibility, with
new applicants making up 32% of the February grant round, and one in five
successful applications coming from first time applicants.
Applications are assessed against one
of four criteria which align with the Australia Council’s strategic goals. The applicant
chooses which criteria best reflects the primary outcome of their project:
creation of new work; audience engagement; access to and participation in the
arts; and international profile of Australian arts.
Successful grant recipients will be published
on the Australia Council website from Tuesday 16
May. More information can be found here about the next grant round which closes on 6 June
for projects starting after 1 September 2017.
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