Art Music Fund announces third year of funding for composers

Tuesday, 31 Oct 2017

2016 Art Music Fund recipient Lisa Illean (photo by Catherine Pyle)

Applications are now open for brave new works

Australian and New Zealand art music composers have the chance to share in A$100,000 worth of funding to create new commissioned work thanks to the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, now in its third year of existence.

Applications are now open and will close 20 February 2018 at 5:00pm AEDT. 

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.

Previous recipients have come from a range of art music backgrounds, from improvisational jazz to sound art to children's opera.

With works of this nature often taking multiple years to complete, it is exciting to have commissions now coming to life, including Lisa Illean's piece Cantor for voice and ensemble that was recently performed at Carriageworks, James Hullick's electro-acoustic City-Topias that will premiere at Melbourne Music Week, Eve Klein's operatic Vocal Womb that will have its world premiere at MOFO at MONA 2018, and more.

"The Art Music Fund is important because it provides an avenue for contemporary art music to flourish," says 2017 recipient Klein, who will incorporate amplified throat sounds into her vocal performance.

2016 recipient Hullick comments, "The Art Music Fund is a moment in Australian history where composers working outside the square finally get some kind acknowledgement of their incredible contribution to our diverse and technologized 21st century culture."

“It is greatly rewarding to see the Art Music Fund now in its third year and to have the work of previous recipients coming to fruition. APRA AMCOS is proud to support the innovative Australian and New Zealand composers of the art music sector and we look forward to seeing what comes next,” says APRA AMCOS Head of Member Services Dean Ormston.

Key dates:
Applications close: 20 February 2018, 5pm AEDT 
Successful applicants notified: End of April 
Acquittal: Grants must be acquitted within five years

Please direct all application queries to:
Cameron Lam, APRA AMCOS Art Music Specialist: clam@apra.com.au
General queries to: 1800 642 634

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