Creative Australia has announced the results of its most recent round of arts funding. A total of $17.28 million has been invested into 270 arts projects ($12.9m), seven arts organisations ($2m), 23 contemporary music tours ($563K), and 76 projects set to bolster international engagement with Australian arts ($1.7m).

The funding also includes Music Australia’s first round of investments into contemporary music. 

Scream Star by Speak Percussion. Photo © Bryony Jackson

“With the establishment of Music Australia, we are now able to offer more substantial support for contemporary music,” said Millie Millgate, Director of Music Australia.

“These investments will help propel Australian talent onto both national and global stages whilst ensuring the creation of new contemporary work and the presentation of key industry events.” 

Among those receiving contemporary music funding from Music Australia are Speak Percussion, Australian noise veteran Lucas Abela and Melbourne Jazz Limited, the facilitators of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Creative Australia have also announced three projects that have been funded by this round of investments. UNDREAMT is a new performance work by Sue Healey and Laurence Pike to be premiered at Sydney Festival in 2025; the Monash Department of Astrophysics will develop a theatre and puppetry work for families called LITTLE BLUE DOT, and Sensorium Theatre’s Wonderbox will receive a national tour.

The investment also provides specific support to First Nations artists. The funding will support workers from the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair to travel to the Venice Biennale and also support the touring endeavours of artists including Emma Donovan, Dan Sultan and Jungaji.

“We are excited to invest in such a diverse and exciting range of arts and creative activity and help deliver the aims of the National Cultural Policy for a thriving creative nation,” said Director of Arts Investment Alice Nash.

“Australia is a nation that engages with arts and culture, and we recognise the positive impact this has: for lives, our communities and economy.”

More about Music Australia can be found here.

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