The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the recipients of its latest grant round, with $5.2 million in project grants going to 166 individual artists, groups and small to medium arts organisations.
Recipients of grants in the Individuals and Groups category include soprano Jessica Aszodi, recorder player Alicia Crossley, composers Julian Day, Connor D’Netto and Luke Howard, singer-songwriter Katie Noonan, and hip-hop artist Rhyan Clapham, aka DOBBY. Grant recipients in the Organisations category include the Flinders Quartet, Stephanie Lake Company and STRUT Dance Incorporated and the Australasian Performing Rights Association, while those receiving Career Development grants include cellist Freya Schack-Arnott, sound artist Alexandra Spence and flute player Jonathan Henderson.
“Creativity will be crucial to Australia’s recovery from the impact of COVID-19, and this is a timely investment in creative activity that connects all Australians during and beyond the current crisis,” said Executive Director Arts Investment Alice Nash. “It is wonderful to be able to deliver this good news to successful artists and organisations to support the continued development of new work and artistic practice at this challenging time.”
The Australia Council has also announced the recipients so far of its Resilience Fund, which began taking applications at the beginning of April, with $1.8 million in grants awarded to 485 artists and organisations to date. The $5 million fund provides immediate relief to support livelihoods and practice during COVID-19, and organisations and artists funded so far include the Inventi Ensemble, the Melbourne Bach Choir, One Eyed Man Productions, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Darlinghurst Theatre, Katie Noonan, the Flinders Quartet, Pinchgut Opera and the Omega Ensemble. Limelight Arts Media, which has been forced to pause the printing of Limelight magazine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has also received a grant through the fund. Applications for the Resilience Fund remain open until May 28.