A new opportunity for the commissioning and presentation of art music compositions.


In recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed, APRA AMCOS has initiated the Art Music Fund.

A total pool of AU$100,000 per annum is on offer to provide funding for composers to create commissioned work that is complemented by an exploitation program – designed to maximise the life of the work.

It is expected that composers will collaborate with ensembles, orchestras, producers, recording companies, broadcasters, festivals and other parties to propose the writing of a work that will be guaranteed multiple exposures by way of performances, recordings, broadcasts or digital dissemination.

Who can apply?

  • The applicant must be an Australian or New Zealand composer (this covers anyone involved in the creation of a work, including sound artists, improvisers, or a team of creative collaborators). 
  • The applicant must be a member of APRA (and Australian Music Centre for Australian composers).

What is the funding for?

The creation of new, commissioned work that will be guaranteed multiple exposures. The Art Music Fund exists to create:

  • Collaborations between composers and others in the industry: performers, ensembles, orchestras, recording companies, broadcasters, festival organisers etc.
  • Multiple presentation scenarios for newly commissioned works.
  • Opportunities for the commissioning of large-scale works.

The full scope of works is eligible, from small solo works through to chamber and large-scale ensemble and/or orchestral works, including Grand Rights works and soundscapes.

How much can I apply for?

The value of grants provided by the Fund will vary depending on applications, however as a general rule, grants between AU$10,000 and AU$30,000 will be awarded.

In most cases, it is anticipated that funding from the Art Music Fund will cover part of, rather than the entire project. The cost of commissioning the work may be covered by this funding, thus reducing the overall project cost and providing certainty to composers.

Assessment criteria

Your application will be assessed by a panel of professionals which might include composers, performers, presenters and others with both local and international expertise in the exploitation of art music. The criteria by which applications will be assessed are:

  • The viability of the proposed project
  • The quality of the work
  • The quality of the plan for the life and reach of the work

The extent to which the proposed work will be guaranteed presentation, promotion and opportunities to achieve ongoing exposure outcomes is key. Therefore, the relationships and commitment formed between composers and other parties is a vital component to be considered by the selection panel.

How do I apply?

Applications must be completed online. You will need to submit:

  • Contact details of all composers involved in the application
  • APRA member number
  • AMC member number (Australian composers only)
  • Contact details of all collaborative partners
  • Written commitment to project from each collaborative partner
  • Project plan
  • Detail of works to be commissioned
  • Detail of presentation and exposure of works (life and reach)
  • Detailed project schedule
  • Sample recordings of no more than three works (each work/excerpt no longer than 10 minutes in duration)
  • Composer biography(s)

Applications close: 5pm (AEST), 30 April 2016 
Successful applicants notified: End of May 
Acquittal: Grants must be acquitted within five years

Application guidelines

Please direct all queries to:
Cameron Lam, Writer Services Representative – Art Music Specialist

APRA AMCOS’ initial investment in the program is AUD$100,000 per annum, and it is exploring opportunities to significantly expand the fund in collaboration with others. Potential partners and contributors to the Art Music Fund should contact Cameron Lam using the details above.

The Art Music Fund is supported by the Australian  Music Centre.

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