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Leadership Program & Scholarships

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council Leadership Program responds to the evolving arts ecology, and the need to support our sector’s emerging and established leaders with the skills and capabilities to lead through change.
 
At the heart of the program design is an understanding that our sector is already rich in knowledge and capability, and that artists and arts leaders learn and evolve through sharing stories and experiences. The program is built around these strengths, and aims to activate capacity and enrich the sector through knowledge-sharing and network-building across regions and areas of practice.
 
The Leadership Program offers a dynamic suite of development opportunities for arts leaders at all career stages. Participants will share experiences, form dynamic connections, develop new skills and build confidence in their own capabilities. They will form networks and relationships, also share the benefits and outcomes of the program across their organisations and the wider arts community.
 
Partnerships & Scholarships
The Australia Council regularly seek out strategic partnerships with other institutions to invest in arts leadership development beyond what the Australia Council will deliver directly. These partnerships will enhance the program by targeting specific priority areas that are not covered by the core program. Other organisations might be better placed than the Australia Council to deliver certain priority areas or already have programs in place that we can play a role in, enhancing outcomes for the sector.
 
For more information on current Leadership Program & Scholarships visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet & Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships

Australia Council for the Arts

Applications are now closed

Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 30 January 2020 AEDT for proposals starting after 1 July 2020.

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships were established by a Deed of Lady Mollie Askin to further culture and advance education in Australia by providing travelling scholarships for Australian citizens with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 January 2020
  • Categories: Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

The Marten Bequest

Australia Council for the Arts

Applications are now closed

Closing date: Midnight, Thursday 30 January 2020 AEDT (or earlier if application limit is met)

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2020
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than three years from the proposed start date.

Closing dates
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.

In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Arts Projects - Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply. Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than 2 years from the proposed start date.

Closing dates
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.

In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020.
  • Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Contemporary Music Touring Program

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas. Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for remote and very remote touring.

Closing Dates
The Australia Council offers two grant rounds each year for the Contemporary Music Touring Program.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals

Contemporary Touring Initiative

Australia Council for the Arts

Applications are now closed

Closing date: Tuesday 4 February 2020 (11:59 AEDT).

The Contemporary Touring Initiative, as part of the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, supports significant exhibitions of work by living contemporary visual artists and craft practitioners that reach and engage national audiences, and extend into regional communities. The grant provides up to three years of funding for the development and/or national touring of nationally significant contemporary visual arts and craft exhibitions.

The program is targeted to ambitious organisations with demonstrated contemporary visual arts exhibition development and touring expertise to develop and/or tour an exhibition between calendar years 2018-2021.
A national tour is defined as one that includes three or more States and Territories outside of the applicants home State or Territory.
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 5 February 2020
  • Categories: Indigenous, Touring, Visual Arts

PPCA - Australia Council Partnership

Australia Council for the Arts

You may apply for any costs primarily associated with the creation of a sound recording, which may also involve costs associated with the promotion of that recording.

PPCA represents thousands of Australian recording artists when their music is used in public. In 2018 PPCA distributed $43.15 million to its registered artists and record labels. It is free for Australian artists to register with the PPCA.

Applications close: Monday 2 March 2020 at 11.59pm AEDT for projects starting after 1 June 2020.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2020
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Travel Fund for Literature

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

This program has been suspended.

The purpose of the fund is to enable an author or illustrator to support the international publication or promotion of their work. A strong proposal will have either an international publisher in place, or will clearly demonstrate that the travel will assist in securing one.

A proposal may also demonstrate that the activity will increase international attention and demand for writing by unique Australian voices such as works by Australian First Nations writers.

There is no closing date for this opportunity. 

For more information Australia Council for the Arts Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

National Arts and Disability Awards 2019- 21

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020 With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. This program has been suspended. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Disability
  • Open To: Individuals

Art and Disability Mentoring Initiative 2019- 21

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is offering six grants of $30,000 in each Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative round.

If you are an individual artist or arts worker with disability, these grants can provide support to extend your arts practice, networks, skills and ambition.

Applications for round 2 close: Tuesday 14 April 2020 (11:59PM, AEST) for projects starting after 1 July 2020.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 14 April 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability
  • Open To: Individuals

Translation Fund for Literature

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

This program is currently suspended.

International publishers may apply for a contribution towards the translation of Australian works of creative writing such as fiction, poetry, writing for children and young people, graphic novels, and narrative non-fiction (defined as autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism or analytical prose).

Funding is available to contribute to the translator’s fee and/or author’s advance only.

Australian publishers may also apply to support Australian translators producing foreign language works for local publication.

Amount: Contributions of $5,000 per successful applicant are available in two rounds per year.

Key dates

Round 1: Applications are now closed for Round 1

Round 2 

  • Applications open for the second round in February 2020
  • Applications close: 28 April 2020 (11:59 AEST) for activity from 1 September 2020 – 31 December 2020

For more information: Australia Council for the Arts Read more

  • Closing: 28 April 2020
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Organisations

Resilience Fund

Australia Council for the Arts

The 2020 Resilience Fund includes three streams:

Survive – small grants for individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup financial losses due to cancelled activity.
Adapt – grants for individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their practice and explore new operating models.
Create – grants for individuals, groups and organisations to continue to create artistic work and develop creative responses in a time of disruption.

Organisations that currently receive multi-year funding from the Australia Council are not eligible to apply. This includes National Performing Arts Partnership organisations, Four Year Funded organisations, and organisations funded under the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.

Applications for the Resilience Fund quick response opportunities open on Friday 3 April 2020

For more information visit Australia Council for the Arts Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Fellowships

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years.

The Australia Council offers one grant round each year for Fellowships.

Closing date: Tuesday 2 June 2020 (11:59pm AEST).

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 June 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

The Australia Council is announcing its first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.

With immediate effect, they have suspended many of their investment programs currently or soon to open. This program has been suspended.

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.

Closing date: Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST).

Fore more information and guidelines head to the Australia Council for the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 June 2020
  • Categories: Performing Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Cherish Fund

Australia Council for the Arts

The Cherish Fund is a new initiative created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption experienced by the First Nations arts and cultural sector and community. The Cherish Fund has been informed by the First Nations Roundtables and sector discussions.

Cherish grants are available to individuals, groups and organisations to:

  • protect senior custodians and elders as they are the source of cultural knowledge for cultural and artistic expressions through song, dance, story, images and narrative
  • explore and interrogate artistic and creative methodologies and processes to construct innovative models of creating artistic works
  • support the professional skill development of artsworkers to increase capacity and capability in navigating a digital world.

The Cherish Fund has three (3) grant streams:
Living Libraries: supporting our cultural knowledge
Creative Practice: supporting artistic creative expression
Creative Workforce: supporting our artworkers in a digital world.

Applications should be considerate of COVID-19 gathering restrictions put in place by state and federal governments.

Applications close: Monday 15 June 2020 at midday (12:00pm).

Please contact the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts team directly if you require further information.

Michelle Wong,
Project Officer, First Nations
P: +61(0)2 9215 9171
E: FirstNationsArts@australiacouncil.gov.au

W: Australia Council for the Arts Website Read more

  • Closing: 15 June 2020
  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Future Form

Australia Council for the Arts

Future Form is an opportunity for small to medium arts organisations to transform and innovate their core business model. Future Form provides time and space for participants to reimagine and respond to the future.

In a supported environment, led by industry experts, up to 24 participants from 12 organisations will be guided through a four-phase process to:

  • Discover;
  • Ideate;
  • Experiment;
  • Evolve.

Participants will use a range of design techniques to interrogate the value proposition of their organisation; and identify practical solutions and next steps. The program includes a range of activities including online learning sessions, intensive residential labs, individual coaching sessions and peer support.

Applications close: 26 June 2020 11:59pm (AEST).

Successful Future Form applicant organisations will incur an administration fee of $1,500. The Australia Council will invest more than $15,000 per organisation throughout the program.

The Australia Council encourages you to contact them directly for financial support if required, as no organisation is discouraged from applying due to financial reasons.

For more info: Australia Council for the Arts Read more

  • Closing: 26 June 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

The National Indigenous Arts Awards

Australia Council for the Arts

The National Indigenous Arts Awards are now closed.

The National Indigenous Arts Awards celebrate the significant contribution of First Nations artists to the vibrancy of Australian arts, and celebrate the work and achievements of both established and emerging artists. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Indigenous

Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations.

This program has been suspended.

If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, a Career Development Grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. Career Development grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Key dates

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.

In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (11:59pm AEDT).
  • Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST).
  • Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (11.59pm AEDT).

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Australia Council for the Arts

Applications are now closed.

Closing date: Tuesday 22 October 2019 at midnight AEDT.

2021 dates to be negotiated with American Academy in Rome

Established in 1894, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is the oldest American overseas centre for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.

The Australia Council, through the generous support of the Mordant Family, will offer a visual artist the opportunity to undertake a two month residency in Rome through the American Academy’s Affiliated Fellowship Program.

Affiliated Fellows join the AAR community for a period of two months to pursue their work in an inspiring, collaborative and supportive environment. Fellows receive a private single room and studio space in the AAR’s historic building on the Janiculum Hill, access to the library, gardens and other communal spaces and participation in the AAR’s events program.

The Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship is open to established visual artists with a significant record of exhibitions in public institutions and galleries. Expressions of interest will need to outline your plan of activity whilst in Rome, and how the AAR will further your professional and artistic practice development.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Australia Council for the Arts project funding and literary translation

Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council for the Arts project funding and literary translation Read more

  • Closing: 24 November 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations