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18 June 2015

Australia Council for the Arts - results of the first grant round in 2015

The Melbourne-based Arcko Symphonic Ensemble at work Image: The Melbourne-based Arcko Symphonic Ensemble at work  
© www.arckosymphonicensemble.org.au

Substantial Australia Council for the Arts project and development grants have been secured by many artists and music organisations, including Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Super Critical Mass, Sydney Chamber Opera, Australian Art Orchestra, Kupka's Piano, Speak Percussion, artists Katy Abbott, Brigid Burke, David Chisholm, Andree Greenwell, Jonathan Little, Alexander Garsden, and many others. Details of these project and development grants are not yet available on the Australia Council website but the list of grants and recipients can be found here.

These are the first results of the Council's new grants model which has been in place since January 2015, and the announcement is shadowed by the current uncertainty regarding the Council's funding and especially the cancellation of the June grants round. The carefully worded media release accompanying the grant decisions can be read against this background - it emphasises the peer review process, the Council's legal obligations, the depth, diversity and innovative nature as well as the geographical spread and, in many cases, the international reach of the funded projects.

In the March round $9.1 million was granted in the following categories: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts; Arts and Disability; Community Arts and Cultural Development; Dance; Emerging and Experimental Arts; Literature; Multi-artform; Music; Theatre; and Visual Arts. 273 projects were supported, including 150 by individual artists, 73 by organisations and 50 by groups of artists.

> Australia Council's media release
> New grants - list of grants


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