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Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships

The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships provide unrestricted grants to individual artists, arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities. The Fellowships are intended for artists in their early, mid-career – to be eligible, nominees must be in the first seven to 15 years of their creative practice.  

Fellowships are awarded according to nominees outstanding talent and exceptional courage.
Grant size:
$160,000 (tax-free, over two years)

Nominations for the 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship program will open in May 2016. Recipients will be announced in December 2016.

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Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards

The Awards were created to commemorate Sidney Myer’s life and his love for the arts. They intend primarily to enhance the status of performing arts in Australia and recognise outstanding achievements in dance, drama, comedy, music, opera, circus and puppetry.

All aspects of creation and performance across all forms of drama, comedy, dance, music, opera, circus and puppetry. They do not include visual or plastic arts, crafts, film, electronic media or literature.
The Individual Award ($60,000)
The Group Award ($90,000)
The Facilitator’s Prize ($25,000)

Nominations for the 2016 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards will open in October 2016 and close in November 2016 (exact dates yet to be confirmed). Recipients will be announced in March 2017.

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Capacity Building Stream

This program seeks to strengthen and grow the independent arts and cultural sector in Australia by granting money to ensembles/collectives/groups that are highly connected within their sector, and producing excellent work. The program’s geographic focus shifts each year with Victoria and Tasmania (2015) and Queensland and Northern Territory (2016) having already participated in the program. The 2017 focus will be announced late in 2016.

Between $20,000 and $50,000, split into to payments, over two financial years.
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