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The Marten Bequest

Australia Council for the Arts

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.
 
John Chisholm Marten (1908 – 1966) was born in Kent, England and moved to Australia at a young age, residing in Sydney for his adult life. John Marten was a theatrical artist and well known for his appreciation and support of the arts community.
 
John was actively involved in many different art forms, he was trained in Spanish dancing and served in the merchant navy during the war. John also co-authored The Bali Ballet Murders with Cornelius Conyn which was published in Australia, London and also translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands. (This novel can be found at the Mitchell Library A823/C768/IAI)
 
A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, he understood the costs involved in study and training programs.  In light of this, Marten established through a charitable trust, The Marten Bequest.
 
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: TBA
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Career Development Grants for Individuals

Australia Council for the Arts

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.
 
Please read through the following grant guidelines. You can find a case study of a recently-awarded career development grant here. If you need help with your application, contact a Grants Officer now.
 
Closing dates
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.

  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

 
Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.
 
Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

Australia Council for the Arts

Our 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.
 
Please read through the following grant guidelines. You can find a case study of a recently-awarded Arts Project grant here. If you need help with your application, contact a Grants Officer now.
 
Closing dates
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.
 
In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.

  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

 
Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.
 
Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after 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

Our Arts Projects 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.
 
Please read through the following grant guidelines. If you need help with your application, contact a Grants Officer now.
 
Closing dates
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.
 
In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.

  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

 
Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.
 
Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring

Australia Council for the Arts

This 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. The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for Playing Australia.
 
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.
 
In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.

  • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

 
Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Contemporary Music Touring Program

Australia Council for the Arts

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.
In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.

  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

 
Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after 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

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.
 
The program will support projects that best demonstrate:

  • cutting-edge practice and innovation in how contemporary visual arts and craft is exhibited and toured, including new ways to reach and engage audiences

  • exhibitions that include the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists
  • strong partnerships, reach and impact in regional communities.

 
A national tour is defined as one that includes three or more States and Territories outside of the applicants home State or Territory.
 
Applicants awarded Contemporary Touring Initiative funding will be required to submit a progress report at the end of Year 1 of their grant in order to be paid in advance for subsequent touring years including:

  • itinerary and revised touring budget

  • presenter / venue confirmation forms for the tour. At least 40% of touring venues must be in regional areas.

 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 5 February 2019
  • Categories: Indigenous, Touring, Visual Arts

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

PPCA - Australia Council Partnership

Australia Council for the Arts

Expressions of Interest are now open for a PPCA-Australia Council partnership to support Australian artists to create new sound recordings.
 
You can 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 2015 PPCA distributed almost $33 million to its registered artists and record labels. Registration for Australian artists is free.
 
The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. The Council supports artists and arts organisations to create and present artistically adventurous work, and delivers national and international strategic activity which develops markets and audiences for Australian work.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Artists with Disability Funding

Australia Council for the Arts

The Artists with Disability funding program is currently under review. More information will be available soon.
 
Please contact the Australia Council grants team if you wish to discuss making an application to another grant category.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 April 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability
  • Open To: Individuals

Four Year Funding for Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts

Applications for this program have currently closed and will open again in 2019.
 
Four Year Funding for organisations replaces the previously suspended six year funding program. The Four Year Funding program provides multi-year core program funding for small to medium arts organisations of significant regional, national or international standing.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 April 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

MPA Collaborative Arts Projects

Australia Council for the Arts

Our Collaborative Arts Projects – Organisations program funds new collaborations and partnerships between major performing arts companies (MPA) and the broader sector and community groups.
 
The program is intended to support and encourage a range of activities that foster meaningful long term positive outcomes for collaborative partners and focus communities, with particular emphasis on the six priority areas set out in the Australia Council’s Cultural Engagement Framework. Successful applicants will be required to provide an evaluation from the collaborative partner on the project outcomes at the conclusion of the funded activity.
 
Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. The funding for this program is from the annual allocation to MPA companies.
 
Technical support will not be available after 5pm on the closing day.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 8 weeks after the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website.
Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Performing Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Fellowships

Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years.
 
Please read through the following grant guidelines. If you need help with your application, contact a Grants Officer now.
 
Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

Australia Council for the Arts

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.

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for Playing Australia.

In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:
Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General

The National Indigenous Arts Awards

Australia Council for the Arts

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.
 
For more information visit www.australiacouncil.gov.au Read more

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

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Australia Council for the Arts

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

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

Australia Council for the Arts

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.
 
A selection of past recipients of the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship include:
 
Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship – Isobelle Dashwood, James Lyttle, Vanessa Morelli, Cristiano Martino, Jessica Fyfe, Paul Knobloch
Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship – Andrew Goodwin, Luke Stoker, Morgan Pearse, Alexander Lewis, Derek Welton, David Hansen
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Music
  • Open To: Individuals