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Australia Council Grants $10.4 Million To Aus Arts; Courtney Barnett, Jack Ladder Among Them

10 December 2015 | 4:31 pm | Staff Writer

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The Australia Council for the Arts has announced over $10 million of investment into the Australian arts sector today, in its announcement of the September grants recipients. 

From over 1,700 applicants, 290 projects have been chosen "across all areas of practice will support an impressive and diverse range of work by individual artists, groups and small to medium arts organisations from across the country," explains Australia Council's Chief Executive Officer, Tony Grybowski.

Among the artists successful in this round, particularly in the Music and Multi-Artform funding areas, are chanteuse Sophia Brous ($20,000), indie folk duo Luluc ($15,000), Perth psych rockers Pond ($15,068), singer/songwriter Jess Ribeiro ($12,000), Rice Is Nice Records ($24,901), Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders' Tim Rogers ($36,855), experimental jazz trio The Necks ($50,000), Melburnian rock'n'rollers The Peep Tempel ($17,950), Melbourne indie rockers Skipping Girl Vinegar ($6,990), ARIA-winning, freshly Grammy-nominated Courtney Barnett ($15,000), singer/songwriter Peter Bibby ($13,075) and PR company Penney & Logan ($15,000). 

Grybowski explains, "Almost half the projects we have supported have an international component, developing valuable relationships, markets and audiences for Australian artists in 46 countries. In the last three years we have tracked an increase in artists applying to work on projects in Asia. This is reflected in this funding round, with activity in 19 countries in the Asia Pacific region.

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"Nearly a quarter of the successful applicants are based in regional or remote areas, and almost a third of all projects have a regional component. This is important in ensuring that regional audiences benefit from stories told by their own communities, as well as increasing access to work toured between metropolitan and regional areas.
"Our new grants model allows deeper analysis of the impact of our investment. We are encouraged to note that in this round each project funded involves, on average, an additional five artists."
The Council will now look into investing $19 million across the two grant rounds during 2015-2016.