News June 2, 2020

Over $3 million from ABC’s Fresh Start Fund is helping creators

Over $3 million from ABC’s Fresh Start Fund is helping creators
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The ABC has committed more than $3 million from its $5 million Fresh Start Fund, to help kickstart Australian productions and content ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since the launch of the fund on April 23, the ABC has already earmarked about $3.2 million to more than 80 projects covering dramas, docos, comedies, music, arts and children’s content.

Support for Australian musicians includes financial grants for new classical and jazz compositions and new music recordings by emerging artists and bands.

Applications for the remaining funds from the Fresh Start Fund close June 12, with assistance available for Australian production companies and individual creatives.

The ABC wants these creators to “supercharge existing productions” and “innovative new stories across multiple genres” in the months ahead.

To date, the fund has attracted more than 1,600 applications from Australian producers and creatives in need of urgent support due to the shutdown of the local production industry.

Michael Carrington, ABC director entertainment & specialist, said the ABC was committed to safeguarding the future of Australia’s production sector.

“One of the best things about the Fresh Start Fund is being able to support so many fantastically creative people across the country,” Carrington said.

The Fresh Start Fund recognises the essential role played by independent producers in helping the ABC deliver Australian stories for audiences, across all its platforms and services.

The fund also supports emerging Australian talent and creatives for the Australian market, to ensure the viable future of the local production industry.

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