The ABC has committed more than $3 million to date from its Fresh Start Fund to help kickstart Australian productions and content ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the launch of the $5 million development fund on 23 April, the ABC has earmarked some $3.2 million of the total to more than 80 productions and ideas for new Australian dramas, documentaries, comedies, music, arts and children’s content.
Applications for the remaining Fresh Start Fund monies close on 12 June, with assistance available for Australian production companies and individual creatives to supercharge existing productions and innovative new stories across multiple genres.
To date, the fund has attracted more than 1600 applications from Australian producers and creatives in need of urgent support due to the shutdown of the independent production industry.
Michael Carrington, ABC Director Entertainment & Specialist, said the ABC was committed to safeguarding the future of the Australian production industry. “One of the best things about the Fresh Start Fund is being able to support so many fantastically creative people across the country,” he said. “There is no doubt that Australians are full of unique ideas.”
Projects in line for development support include new documentaries on Australian architecture and design, mental health, body image and sport, plus new animated series, short-form drama series, comedy podcasts, innovative digital content for regional Australians and early education content.
Support for Australian musicians includes financial grants for new classical and jazz compositions and new music recordings by emerging artists and bands.
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.