Call for authors and creators to register for lending rights

The Department of Arts and Communication are calling for authors and creators who have released a book in the last five years to use the online portal to register to receive lending rights. 

The Department’s media release explains: ‘‘The public and educational lending right schemes compensate Australian creators and publishers for lost income through the free use of books in Australian public and educational lending libraries." Claims for payment for need to be lodged by 31 March 2018.

Further details on the program, eligibility and how to lodge claims are available at: 

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Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting Societies draft review report released

The Bureau of Communications and Arts Research is inviting feedback on its review of the Code of Conduct for Copyright Collecting societies, which is examining the best way to secure transparency, efficiency and confidence in Australia’s copyright management system. Written submissions will be accepted until 14 March.

Copies of the draft report and further information on the review are available at:

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Australia Council and UKARIA announce new music residency

The Australia Council and UKARIA Cultural Centre have announced a new scheme which will support composers and musicians to spent 10 days at the UKARIA facilities near Adelaide to develop new creative work. Applications are open to multidisciplinary groups of up to 10 artists led by musicians and/or composers. Funding of up to $10,000 is also available to contribute to travel and per diem costs.

The closing date for applications is 20 April 2018. Details on the program and application process is available at:

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ARTfinder to be rolled out nationally

ARTfinder, an online portal established by Arts Access Victoria to provide information for people with disability about arts activities, cultural institutions and events, is to be rolled out nationally.  

Supported by Federal, State and Territory funding, ARTfinder will provide a searchable facility that shows disability-inclusive art programs and experiences in regional and metropolitan Australia. The rollout was one of the outcomes from the Evaluation of the National Arts and Disability Strategy agreed at the COAG cultural ministers meeting in Brisbane in September 2017.

Further information on the ARTfinder portal is available at: To find out more about the National Arts and Disability Strategy visit

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Applications for regional touring fund close 16 March

Applicants for the Federal Government’s Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring fund have until 16 March to submit applications. The scheme supports arts and cultural heritage organisations to develop or tour exhibitions of cultural material that has historic, scientific, design, social or artistic significance.

Further information and application guidelines is available at:

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DFAT Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program deadline 9 March

There is still time to submit an application for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program. The Program provides support to showcase Australian artistic excellence and encourage innovative collaboration. The deadline for submissions to the 2018 program is 9 March.

Further details on the program is available at:

Federal Bureau of Communications Research now includes Art

The economic and statistical research unit of the Federal Department of Communication has now added arts to its remit to provide ‘research, economic and data support fact-based policy development and advice’. Reflecting this in a name change to the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR), it promises to deliver its first report on the arts sector very soon.

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