Recognising that mid-to-late career authors and artists require the time to create new works, the Copyright Agency has established the Create Career Fund.

The rights management organisation, whose members include authors, journalists, visual artists, photographers and publishers, provides almost $2m in funding annually to cultural institutions through its Cultural and Career Funds.

Copyright Agency CEO Adam Suckling says, “This new initiative recognises the invaluable contribution that mid-to-late authors and visual artists make to Australia’s creative culture and that, as a group, they are under-supported by existing arts funding. Even established creators need support to dedicate time to their craft.

“Authors and visual artists will be able to apply for funding amounts of between $10,000 and $20,000 to assist them with the costs associated with writing and researching or other forms of creative expression.”

Two rounds of funding will be held each year with a total of $50,000 available in each round. Applications are open now, closing on Friday 10 June.

The Cultural Fund will continue to support early career creators under the newly named Ignite Career Fund which offers grants of up to $5000 for skills development. There will be two rounds for the Ignite Career Fund each year with a total of $25,000 available in each round.

Click here to read more about the Create Career Fund.