Partnerships and
co-investing with us

Soprano, Sarah Prestwidge with Willoghby Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Opera. Photo taken by Rosa Doric. Sarah is the recipient of a 2020 Marten Bequest for Singing.

Co-investment – private sector support and the arts

Donate and support opportunities for artists

The Australia Council is committed to growing private, public and philanthropic funds to support the arts and create more opportunities for artists and arts workers.

We have a long and proud history of partnering with philanthropic foundations, corporations and individual donors to co-invest in the arts. Together we have realised unforgettable creative experiences and supported the talents of extraordinary artists who have enriched the lives of Australians everywhere.

In 2021 we are pleased to be working with co-investment partners that include PerpetualPPCAARIAUniversity of MelbourneThe Sidney Myer Trust and the Myer Foundation, the Mordant Family, The Sid and Fiona Myer FoundationUKARIA, The Estate of Debra Porch and hundreds of individuals and families who value the arts. Thank you for your support.

These important relationships have resulted in inspirational opportunities for artists through the Marten Bequest ScholarshipsDal Stivens AwardKathleen Mitchell AwardFirst Nations Emerging Career Development AwardDebra Porch AwardLady Mollie Askin Ballet ScholarshipSir Robert William Askin Opera ScholarshipCross Family FellowshipsMordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship and Australia at La Biennale di Venezia.

Donate

Every year hundreds of donors, including individuals and trusts, foundations and corporations, have co-invested with us to support our vision for a world where Australian arts lead. We hope you will join us.

The Australia Council is listed on the Registrar of Cultural Organisations and operate the Australia Council Donations Fund, which has endorsement as a deductible gift recipient (DGR) confirmed by the ATO. Every donation of $2.00 or more is tax deductible.

Leaving a legacy

By leaving a gift in your Will to the Australia Council you can support artists and creativity beyond your lifetime. Your legacy will enrich Australian arts and culture for the benefit of future generations.

All requests for our suggested will wording to help you leave a legacy to artists are welcome.

Australia’s representation at the Venice Biennale

Australia has been represented at the Venice Biennale since 1954 by 40 distinguished contemporary visual artists. This unique opportunity provides Australian artists and curators with high profile international exposure to new audiences, markets and contexts. Australia holds a special position as one of only 29 countries to have a national pavilion within the Giardini della Biennale, and the first 21st Century building. The award winning Australian Pavilion designed by Denton Corker Marshall opened in 2015 and was made possible through a highly successful public-private partnership.

Click here to find out more about Australia at the Venice Biennale.

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Dal Stivens Award

Closing Date:

Tue February 7, 2023 3:00 pm (AEDT)

The Dal Stivens Award is presented biennially to an author, aged 30 or under, for a short story or essay of the highest literary merit.

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Kathleen Mitchell Award

Closing Date:

Tue February 7, 2023 3:00 pm (AEDT)

The Kathleen Mitchell Award is presented biennially to the author, aged 30 or under, of an outstanding novel or novella to encourage advancement in their literary career.

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First Nations Emerging Career Development Award

The Emerging First Nations Career Development Award supports two Australian First Nations artists or arts workers between 18-30 years old to pursue their professional development.

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APRA AMCOS Digital Futures Initiative

APRA AMCOS and the Australia Council have partnered in a new $20,000 music focused initiative, the APRA AMCOS Digital Futures Initiative.

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PPCA Sound Recording Partnership

The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts will deliver a grant partnership, the PPCA Sound Recording Partnership.

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The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship & Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships were established by a Deed of Lady Mollie Askin to further culture and advance education in Australia by providing travelling scholarships for Australian citizens with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera.

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First Nations Writers’ Residency

The Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Magabala Books are calling on applications for the First Nations Writers’ Residency to be held in Broome between 4 -13 May 2020.

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Open

Dal Stivens Award

The Dal Stivens Award is presented biennially to an author, aged 30 or under, for a short story or essay of the highest literary merit.
Open

Kathleen Mitchell Award

The Kathleen Mitchell Award is presented biennially to the author, aged 30 or under, of an outstanding novel or novella to encourage advancement in their literary career.
Closed

First Nations Emerging Career Development Award

The Emerging First Nations Career Development Award supports two Australian First Nations artists or arts workers between 18-30 years old to pursue their professional development.
Closed

APRA AMCOS Digital Futures Initiative

APRA AMCOS and the Australia Council have partnered in a new $20,000 music focused initiative, the APRA AMCOS Digital Futures Initiative.
Closed

PPCA Sound Recording Partnership

The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts will deliver a grant partnership, the PPCA Sound Recording Partnership.
Closed

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship & Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship

The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships were established by a Deed of Lady Mollie Askin to further culture and advance education in Australia by providing travelling scholarships for Australian citizens with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera.
Closed

First Nations Writers’ Residency

The Australia Council for the Arts in partnership with Magabala Books are calling on applications for the First Nations Writers’ Residency to be held in Broome between 4 -13 May 2020.