Creative Australia, Australia’s official arts council, has revealed the recipients of its A$17.28m (£8.9m/$11.2m/€10.4m) financial package, which was designed to support the country’s music industry.
A total of A$12.96m has been invested into 270 creative arts projects to support new and existing works.
It includes investment through Music Australia, which is the new dedicated body within Creative Australia established to support and invest in Australian contemporary music.
Another A$2m is due to be funnelled into seven live performing arts organisation who will tour their work to more than 99 locations around Australia.
Contemporary music touring is also benefitting with A$563,700 going towards 23 tours to more than 150 places in the country.
The final A$1.76m is being invested into 76 projects through targeted investments aimed at supporting Australia’s international engagement following the impact of COVID-19-enforced border closures.
Creative Australia claims that the investments will lead to the creation of thousands of new works, and help Australian artists, musicians, and industry workers reach new audiences.
“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 Creative Australia’s director of arts investment Alice Nash.
“We know from our research, Australia is a nation that engages with arts and culture, and we recognise the positive impact this has: for lives, our communities and economy.”
The investment package is also placing a focus on nurturing First Nations talent by providing grants of up to A$50,000 to support national tours by musicians performing original contemporary music.
“With the establishment of Music Australia, we are now able to offer more substantial support for contemporary music,” said director of Music Australia Millie Millgate.
“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.”