Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship

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Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship

A new opportunity for mid-career audio storytellers.

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The world needs new Australian stories. Especially from voices that are rarely heard. This is what inspired Jesse Cox.

WHO IS JESSE COX?
Jesse was a Walkley Award-winning radio producer with a passion for storytelling, whose life was cut short in 2017. He was 31.

We want to continue his work and his legacy long into the future. We’d love you to help support this vision.

WHAT IS THE JESSE COX AUDIO FELLOWSHIP?
We are establishing a new Audio Fellowship in Jesse’s name, which will support mid-career Australian storytellers. It will continue Jesse’s determination to help grow Australia’s audio community, push audio storytelling’s form and amplify underrepresented voices.

The fellowship will encourage applications from storytellers of any discipline, offering an annual $20,000 grant for an innovative audio work, just like Jesse was doing before he died. Fellows will be supported with distribution, mentoring and the chance to develop their networks.

HOW WILL THE MONEY BE USED?
In true Jesse Cox style, our goals are ambitious. We need to secure at least the first three years of funding, to ensure the fellowship has stability and can attract future investment. Your donations will help secure the fellowship’s longevity. A small contribution will make a big difference and all donations will go towards the fellowship.

Each year, we’ll call for applications along specific criteria. One person – the fellow – will receive $20,000 cash. Support activities and general administration will cost about $5000, and we will keep overheads to a minimum through in-kind labour and resources. We are also securing partnerships to help the fellows with production resources, mentoring, and marketing.

The inaugural fellowship round will be open for applications in 2019.

IS IT TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes, for donations over $2 and provided you do not receive a benefit for your donation.

WHO’S ORGANISING THIS?
We are Jesse’s family, friends and colleagues.

Our Board and Selection Panel is comprised of industry professionals who knew Jesse and worked with him:

Que Minh Luu (ABC), Clare Holland (Redbull; ex FBi), Kali Reid (Matchbox Pictures), Evan Kaldor (Kinderling), Sophia Zachariou (Bunya Pictures, ex Create NSW), Jess Bineth (Audiocraft), Eliza Sarlos (ex FBi and Underbelly Arts), Scott Spark (ABC), Benjamin Law (Writer), Ping Lo (Digital Consultant), Matthew Gain (Audible).

Jesse’s partner Que, and parents Louise and Mark, are involved. Jesse and Que’s young son Alfie provides valuable professional supervision.

WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE?
We are an independent not for profit association. We’re in the process of applying for DGR status. While that is processing, we’re working with the ACF to administer donations.

HOW DO I APPLY?
We expect to launch our callout for applications later this year. Keep an eye on www.jcaf.org.au for more information.

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ABOUT US
The Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship is an annual $20,000 cash fellowship, awarded to an Australian resident who seeks to create an innovative audio storytelling project. The fellowship has been established in honour of our friend and colleague Jesse Cox. It will provide a career-defining opportunity for an emerging mid-tier practitioner to accelerate their career.

ABOUT JESSE
Jesse Cox (1986-2017) was a Walkley award winning radio producer with a passion for storytelling. He developed innovative programming for Sydney’s FBi Radio, ABC Radio National, and was head of Original Content at Audible’s APAC office.

From his magician grandparents to an unsolved murder, from the ghosts of imprisoned girls to a young gay man with a disability looking for love and sex, Jesse told award-winning stories that were revealing, funny and humane, that were both uniquely Australian and world class. Jesse sought out the unexpected, constantly pushed form and fostered new talent. In a short span of time, Jesse Cox changed the sound of Australian radio and our expectations of audio storytelling.

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