Australian artists receive support for international showcases

27 April

Today the Government has announced two grants that will increase the global reach of Australian artists through appearances at international showcase events.

The Australian Government is committed to strengthening the profile of Australian arts internationally. Australia Council grants enable Australian artists and arts organisations to explore international markets and develop and present their work to new audiences.

Music manager David Batty and musician Simon Lam will receive Australia Council International Showcase grants to support performances at key events overseas.

Mr Batty will receive $15,000 for electronic artist Ecca Vandal to perform at Canadian Music Week 2015 in Toronto. This significant showcasing opportunity comes in the lead up to the international release of Ecca Vandal’s debut album.

Mr Lam, who forms electronic group Klo with his cousin Chloe Kaul, will receive just over $10,000. This grant will allow Klo to perform at The Great Escape in the United Kingdom in May 2015. Klo will also use the opportunity to present shows in London, Liverpool and Paris.

The Australia Council provides competitive grants for artists and arts organisations that have been invited to showcase their work at key industry events overseas. This funding provides unique opportunities for Australian artists to perform or exhibit at trade or arts market events across a range of art forms. These events also allow Australian artists to broaden their networks and establish future international opportunities and collaborations.

The Australia Council continues to support artists and arts organisations to showcase at key industry events overseas through its new grants model, which launched in January 2015. For more information on Australia Council grants visit www.australiacouncil.gov.au. Applications for the next round of Australia Council grants close on Tuesday 2 June 2015.