The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the latest recipients of project and career development grants supporting a diverse range of artists and organisations. The $6.4 million funding will support 118 individual artists, 27 groups, and 51 arts organisation. Women or groups including women made up 56% of those receiving grants.

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“Many of the projects funded include international components which will expand artistic and commercial opportunities for Australian artists and strengthen our international reputation for producing great art and artists”, said Australia Council CEO Tony Grybowski.

The Australia Council received a total of 1,423 applications in the latest core grants round, spanning 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.

In addition to the $6.4 million in core grants, approximately $3.3 million was invested in other targeted programmes and initiatives including International Residencies, Visual Art and Craft Strategy funding to individuals, Playing Australia and the Contemporary Music Touring Program.

The successful applicants include Lisa Illean, whose $10,840 grant will see her compose a 20-minute work for female voice, electronics and moving image for soprano Juliet Fraser. Performances of the work are already scheduled in New York, the UK and Ireland.

Maria Grenfell has received $13,736 to work on a 20 minute triple concerto for the Ivy Street Ensemble, while Julian Day’s $10,500 will see him compose a 15 minute work for Southern Cross Soloists.

Other grant recipients include:

  • Four Winds Festival $57,750 for the 2018 Easter Festival
  • Pro Musica $71,740 for the 2018 Canberra International Music Festival
  • Yitzhak Yedid $19,300 towards a residency at Darmstardt and composition of two new works
  • Kupka’s Piano $21,320 for 2018 commissions, concerts and recording activity
  • Zubin Kanga $25,000 for “Piano Ex Machina” a commissioning, development and touring project for piano and interactive multimedia with composers Jon Rose, Tristan Coelho, Ben Carey and Kate Neal
  • Backstage Music $10,154 for their 2018 concert series
  • Jane Sheldon $26,824 towards presentation of the second Resonant Bodies festival in Australia, in September 2018
  • Lyle Chan $20,000 to compose three new sonatas to sit alongside Debussy’s final sonata cycle, for performance and recording in 2018
  • Anthony Pateras $13,781 for the composition of four new works for solo instrument and electronics
  • Rubiks Collective $15,840 towards 2018 concert series
  • Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) $60,000 to support their 2018 program
  • Lucy Price $14,140 to undertake further study in baroque cello practice at the Conservatorium of Verona
  • Simone Walters $5,000 to undertake further study in historical bassoon practice at the Royal College of Music.