Alex The Astronaut & More Score PPCA/Australia Council Grants

4 July 2018 | 9:59 am | Staff Writer

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PPCA and the Australia Council have just announced the five recipients of $15,000 grants offered under a partnership between the two organisations.

The winners this year include, Australian singer-songwriter Alexandra Lynn aka Alex the Astronaut, Justin Marshall, Melbourne percussionist for The Putbacks, Western Australian composer Lachlan Skipworth, Zindzi Okenyo aka Sydney artist OKENYO and Australian jazz composer, saxophonist Sandy Evans​. 

This is the fifth round of grants, which were first launched in 2013 where Courtney Barnett was a recipient.

In a statement, PPCA Chief Executive, Dan Rosen, said “On behalf of PPCA, I would like to congratulate all of the artists who were successful in securing funding”.

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“We are extremely pleased to have been able to partner with the Australia Council for a fifth successive year to give local artists an opportunity to create and record their music.”

Australia Council Chief Executive, Tony Grybowski, praised the calibre of applicants saying “The Council is proud of this innovative partnership which has a great track record of supporting diverse and exciting artists to create new sound recordings”.

“This year we saw a particularly strong field of applicants, spanning a wide range of music practices, and look forward to seeing what they produce with the support of these grants.”