The Australia Council has announced its latest round of grant recipients with close to $6 million being given to supporting almost 200 various arts projects.

Announced earlier today, The Australia Council has revealed that $5.8 million is set to be given to a range of projects, career development, regional touring and international opportunities for Australian artists.

Receiving a total of 1,367 applications for funding across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, community arts and cultural development, dance, emerging and experimental arts, literature, multi-art form, music, theatre and visual arts, these applications were peer assessed by panels made up of 111 industry experts from across the country before being decided upon.

Overall, this funding is set to support 114 individuals, 30 groups and 48 organisations, with 59% of funding going to female-identifying artists, with a strong representation of First Nations-led projects also being noted.

Overall, the funding will support 114 individuals, 30 groups and 48 organisations. Australia Council Executive Director, Grants and Engagement, Frank Panucci congratulates all successful grant recipients in what was another highly competitive round.

“We continue to receive a high volume of high-quality applications across all areas of arts practice,” explained Australia Council Executive Director, Grants and Engagement, Frank Panucci.

“Although we are unable to support all applications, the opportunity for further investment in Australia’s creative potential is strongly demonstrated, in addition to the 192 projects supported in this round, a further 203 projects totalling $6.9 million were assessed by peers as being of high merit and deserving support.”

Among the funded projects are international touring activities for artists such as Body Type, Cable Ties, Middle Kids, and The Chats, and new albums from the likes of Angus Andrew (aka Liars), L-FRESH The LION, and Dyson, Stringer, Cloher.

Meanwhile organisations like AIR and the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studios, along with projects from Deborah Spann and Zoe Barry have also been funded. Check out below for a more detailed list of the funded projects.

If you’re interested in applying for the next round of grants, head along to The Australia Council’s website, where applications close on June 4th.

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Recipients of the Australia Council’s latest round of grants include:

International activities supported for

  • Body Type ($17,730) for a European Tour
  • Willaris K ($19,281) for to tour US as support for RÜFÜS DU SOL
  • Cable Ties ($25,825) for a UK Tour
  • Middle Kids ($19,350) for a US tour supporting Local Natives
  • Jeffe ($11,589) for UK showcasing, song writing and marketing
    The Chats ($22870) for tours of North America and Europe in July-August 2019
  • Manager Reuben Zylberspic ($20,000) to attend European arts markets to represent Grigoryan Brothers, and the Paul Grabowsky/ Lior project Compassion
  • Oud player Jo Tawardos ($20,200) to spend a sustained period of time in Egypt working with local musicians
  • Emily Tulloch ($5,380) member of Zephyr Quartet and programmer at Nexus Arts in Adelaide to attend international markets

New albums from:

  • Parvyn Singh of Bombay Royale ($27,512) will record her debut album
  • Angus Andrew ($23,789) aka Liars will produce an album of new music in collaboration with experimental Australian musicians and producers
  • Trio Dyson, Stringer, Cloher ($34,000) will record and campaign their debut self-titled album
  • L-FRESH The LION ($41,600) gets funded to produce a series of music videos to support the release of his new album titled South West
  • Hip hop rising star Tasman Keith ($21,262) to record his debut album at Studio G in Darwin
  • London based Carla de Formo ($15,800) to record her second album
  • Todd Anderson Knut ($21,250) for the release and promotion of new album Conjectures for Room 40
  • Jazz singer Kristin Berardi ($23,646) to record at Bunker Studios in New York
  • Jazz bassist Ross McHenry ($30, 440) to record in New York with his Australian and US band
  • Lawrence English ($37,900) towards his next album to be titled Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More
  • Jazz bassist Jonathan Zwartz ($18,180) will record an album with pianist Mike Nock, saxophonist Julien Wilson, and drummer Hamish Stuart

Organisations supported

  • AIR ($10,000) towards this years Indie-Con in Adelaide
  • Melbourne Jewish music festival Shir Madness ($30,000) to support the 2019 event
  • Melbourne Electronic Sound Studios ($75,000) towards their 2019 Program that includes creative development, workshops, concerts, public access & residencies
  • Peggy Glanville Hicks Trust ($100k) to support the successful Prelude artist residency program in 2020;

The development of new projects including:

  • Artist & producer Deborah Spann ($49,000) for national roll out of “Big Sky Girls” a creative development program for regional young women
  • Cellist Zoe Barry ($5,292) for a six week residency period in the USA to develop a new work; Robbie Avenaim with Jim Denley and Carolyn Connors ($20,000) for a second season of Safe In Sound, 36 long-form concerts for and with children and young adults with severe disabilities in Sydney and Melbourne
  • Producer Kiriaki Koubaroulis ($12,000) for  a 2019 concert series at Bankstown Arts Centre focussed on Western Sydney musicians
  • Jazz musician, band leader and record label owner Jeremy Rose towards a structured business mentorship program;