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19 May 2020

Australia Council grants, May 2020

Andrée Greenwell started work on her chamber opera <em>Three Marys</em> as part of her Australia Council Music Fellowship. Image: Andrée Greenwell started work on her chamber opera Three Marys as part of her Australia Council Music Fellowship.  

The Australia Council's latest grant round includes funding for many projects by many AMC-represented artists, including Julian Day ($29.9K for performances in civic spaces across Melbourne); Connor D'Netto ($21.5K for three works for ensembles in New York and London); Andrée Greenwell ($23K to complete a chamber opera); and Eve Klein ($15K for an opera project in collaboration with soprano Yasmin Arkinstall); as well as new works and projects by artists including Quentin Angus ($13K), Rafael Karlen ($15K), Mara Kiek ($25K) and Jane Stanley ($15K for a composer portrait CD).

Funded projects also include Alicia Crossley's commissions of new works for bass recorder by Australian female composers; didjeridu player Mark Atkins's collaboration with Erkki Veltheim; Flinders Quartet's project featuring new works by Deborah Cheetham, Katy Abbott and Ella Macens; Rhyan Clapham's development of his first album Marshmallow; flutist Jonathan Henderson's Career Development Fellowship involving the Southern Cross Soloists and composers Lisa Cheney and Tristan Coelho; and projects by Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey; Elissa Goodrich, Luke Howard, Jessica Aszodi, Tilman Robinson, and Kusum Normoyle.

The Australia Council received well over a thousand applications across art forms for this grant round, with applications peer assessed by more than 100 industry experts. The Council has worked with applicants to assess the viability of projects in the context of COVID-19 and will continue to assist artists to vary and extend timelines as needed.

In addition to the above, the Australia Council Resilience Fund, which opened in April, has already delivered a further $1.8 million to 485 artists and organisations. The Fund provides immediate relief to support livelihoods and practice during COVID-19. The Fund will provide more than $5 million to artists and projects across Australia. Applications for the Resilience Fund remain open until 28 May - please see the website for details.

> Media release about the grant round on the Australia Council for the Arts website


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