Applications open for 2017 Art Music Fund

Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016

Art music composers are now invited to apply for the 2017 Art Music Fund.

A pool of A$100,000 is on offer for the creation of new commissioned work that is innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field.

The work must have committed partners to ensure it is presented multiple times, and it is expected that composers will collaborate with ensembles, orchestras, producers, record companies, broadcasters, festivals and other parties to propose the writing of the work.

The Art Music Fund supports a wide range of music styles including: notated compositionelectroacoustic musicimprovised music (including innovative, original jazz); sound artinstallation soundmultimediaweb and film sound and music; and theatricaloperatic and choreographed music.

Full guidelines including eligibility requirements, criteria and assessment details can be found here

Launched in 2016, the Art Music Fund has already provided grants to 12 Australasian composers including Liza Lim, Sandy Evans, Cat Hope (pictured), Erkki Veltheim and Dan Thorpe. Read about all the first round recipients here.

"The Art Music Fund provides resources to support composers which is much needed at a time of generally reduced government funding for individual artists in Australia,” says Liza Lim, 2016 Art Music Fund recipient.

"The support of APRA AMCOS and the AMC (Australian Music Centre) gives significant industry-level recognition to the field of contemporary classical music encouraging innovation and artistic risk-taking in this area," Liza says.

"The thing that struck me about the Art Music Fund was the diversity of the recipients," says Dan Thorpea fellow 2016 Art Music Fund recipient. 

"Ages, stages of career, types of projects... It's important to support new music in all of its forms, and by all those who make it. As an early career composer, I was honoured to be a recipient because those joining me all represent fascinating and different directions in new music, and to be considered even a small part of that was very humbling.”

Get some tips on how to apply from 2016 Art Music Fund recipient Sandy Evans in the video below:

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