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Brave new works wanted: Applications are now open for the $100,000 APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund.
For the fourth consecutive year, Australian art music composers are encouraged to apply for a share in A$100,000 worth of funding to create new commissioned work thanks to the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund.
The funding pool of A$100,000 is available for the creation of commissioned work that is innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field. The intention is to support composers to create works with a long artistic life.
The fund has supported groundbreaking and innovative works by composers from a range of disciplines, from improvisational jazz to multi-media sound art, and from children's opera to major orchestral works. In the past year, funded works that came to fruition include Liza Lim’s Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus (world premiere in Witten, Germany), Eve Klein’s critically-acclaimed operatic Vocal Womb (world premiere at MOFO at MONA), and Matt Keegan’s The Three Seas project, a collaboration of Australian jazz and West Bengali folk musicians, which had its world premiere at Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues and will be performed throughout India in December.
Speak Percussion’s Eugene Ughetti’s funded work Polar Force receives its world premiere 24 November at Arts Centre Melbourne. Ughetti’s work uses field recordings from the Australian Antarctic to create an immersive sound and percussion experience.
“The Art Music Fund has quickly garnered the reputation as one of Australia's most important commissioning funds for Art Music. It has undoubtedly resulted in the creation and support of many new significant new works. In many instances, these works are pillars around which Australian musicians and arts workers forge their careers and collaboratively drive the significance of art music within Australian culture.”Eugene Ughetti
APRA AMCOS’ Head of Member Services Jana Gibson says, “We’re very proud of the Art Music Fund and the vital role it has played in supporting composers bring new works to life – works that then go on to be programmed and performed in venues, concert halls and festivals in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. The creation of new works is beneficial for the entire art music ecosystem.”
Applications are now open and will close 20 February 2019 at 5:00pm AEDT.
For more information, guidelines and to submit your application, click below!
QMusic's Annual General Meeting took place on April 16 at X CARGO in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley. The committee presented the results for 2018 with QMusic President Michael Crutcher noting that "QMusic will look back on its 24th year as another success, building on the excellent work that has been done across the last decade". Read the full report.
Riverstage has presented countless diverse and memorable shows over the years and this September will celebrate its 30th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, they want to hear about your experiences and memories from 30 years of celebrating music and culture at this iconic venue. Take the survey or upload your digital artifacts to go into the draw to win a double pass to any gig at the Riverstage in 2019!
Australian and international artists have the rare chance to perform in front of some of the most influential figures in the international music industry by showcasing at BIGSOUND. Taking place on the nights of Tuesday 3 – Friday 6 September in Brisbane, BIGSOUND Festival is the showcase opportunity that puts artists in front of the local, national and international music industry delegates. Applications close 2 May.
BIGSOUND is back from September 3-6 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct, with this year’s theme revealed as ‘The Artist As CEO’. For the first time in the event’s history, BIGSOUND will also be waving goodbye to its traditional conference home at the Judith Wright Centre and saying hello to Cloudland, providing expanded conference and meeting facilities right in the heart of the BIGSOUND Festival precinct.
Now in its 3rd year, BIGSOUND Tech will significantly expand opportunities and skill development for new creative tech developers. Apply by June 16 to be eligible for this exciting opportunity!