13 September 2017
Australia Council grants: Black, Charody, Finsterer, Lim, Mills, Neal
AMC-represented Colin Black, Chloe Charody, Mary Finsterer, Liza Lim, Richard Mills and Kate Neal are among the successful grant recipients from the most recent round of arts funding from the Australia Council for the Arts. Grants between $19,000-$32,000 will fund new works by three female composers: Finsterer's new song cycle, Lim's Atlas of the Sky and Neal's Fugue of Shadows. Chloe Charody, who is known for her unique music theatre style, fusing elements of circus, opera and classical music, got a substantial $36,000 project grant from the multi-artform pool. Richard Mills's new work grant will go towards a concerto for two violins, while Colin Black's grant is intended for creative development at the Soundtank facilities of the Northwestern University in Illinois, USA.
Successful grant recipients in this round also include Austin Buckett, Ben Byrne, Will Guthrie, Judith Hamann, Luke Howard, Stu Hunter, Alon Ilsar, Eve Klein, Laurence Pike, Julia Reidy, Matthias Schack-Arnott, and Samuel Smith. Grant recipients for emerging and experimental arts include Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey ($10,000) - Flynn is also involved, together with Robin Fox, in a funded project by Chamber Made Opera.
Grant recipients also include Julian Day and Luke Jaaniste's Super Critical Mass, Australian Women's Festival of Improvised Music Inc, Inland concert series, Nexus Multicultural Arts Centre, the NOW now, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, and Queensland Youth Orchestras.
The entire funding for all art forms in this round was $6.1 million, with 221 projects by 147 individual artists, 25 groups and 49 small-to-medium arts organisations. According to the Australia Council, there is an increasing number of applications for projects incorporating the use of emerging technologies, such as computer programming, 3D-scanning, and virtual and augmented reality. This round also attracted a high number of first-time applicants (35% of all applications - 20% of successful applications), as well as an increasing number of applications from regional and remote areas (19% of granted funds).
101 peers took part in assessing this round; about a third of them were based in regional and remote areas, 22% identified as culturally and linguistically diverse, 21% identified as First Nations, and 7% identified as people with disability.
> Applications for the current Australia Council for the Arts grant round close on 3 October - all details on the website.
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