The Australia Council has announced funding for 270 projects in its first funding round for this year. With total funding of $7.2 million the first funding round of 2017 provides support to 158 individual artists, 36 groups of artists and 76 arts organisations. According to the Council’s analysis of successful funding recipients: 21% were in regional or remote areas; 39% had an international component; and 33% nominated audience engagement and access and participation in the arts as the primary project outcomes. Successful applicants and projects are listed on the Australia Council’s web site. http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/ The deadline for the next round is 6 June 2017.