2018 Art Music Fund recipients announced. Nine composers awarded grants for bold new works.

Thursday, 26 Apr 2018

Art Music Fund Recipients Connor D'Netto and Rae Howell

Now in its third year, the Art Music Fund has awarded $100,000 to nine composers for the creation of new and lasting works that will reach audiences both locally and globally.

The 2018 Art Music Fund recipients are Anthony Pateras, Bree van Reyk, Connor D’Netto, Elissa Goodrich, Fiona Hill, Julian Day, Matt Keegan, Rae Howell, and Tristan Coelho. 

The successful applicants’ compositions demonstrate the breadth of place that art music can go: from game theory foundations to biology labs and bee hives, and to the sounds of West Bengal and onto Canberra to honour one of Australia’s pioneering female musicians, Peg Mantle.

John Davis, CEO of the Australian Music Centre: 

“It is gratifying to see such creative diversity represented in the list of recipients of the fund, which reflect the many streams of activity in art music across the cultural sector. Such outcomes have also been a characteristic of previous funding rounds, which highlights the need for such support, so congratulations to APRA AMCOS for continuing this initiative, and supporting artists in this way.” 

In line with the aims of the Fund – to create commissioned work that is complemented by an exploitation program – the funded works will grace stages locally in Canberra, Perth, Sydney, Gilgandra, Melbourne and more... as well as internationally in London, New York, Brussels, India and beyond.

2018 Art Music Fund recipient Rae Howell:

“The Art Music Fund is supporting me to bring an all new composition to life that will reach audiences in Australia and around the world. As a previous applicant and first time recipient, I wholeheartedly encourage other composers to continue the work they really believe in.”

Art Music Fund applications were assessed on the viability of the proposed project, the quality of the work, and the strategy for the life and reach of the work. Composers at all stages of their career are eligible to apply.

In recent months, previous recipients’ funded compositions have come to fruition with performances of works by Eve KleinLisa Cheney, and James Hullick and on 29 April Liza Lim’s Extinction Events & Dawn Chorus will have its world premiere in Germany.

2016 recipients were Sandy Evans, Alexander Garsden, Samuel Holloway, Cat Hope, James Hullick, Lisa Illean, Liza Lim, Mark Oliveiro, Matthias Schack-Arnott, Dan Thorpe, Meg Travers and Erkki Veltheim.

2017 Art Music Fund recipients were Natasha Anderson, Newton Armstrong, Lisa Cheney, Erik Griswold, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Eve Klein, Dylan Lardelli, Kate Moore and Eugene Ughetti.

2018 Art Music Fund recipients:



Funded project

Anthony Pateras


The composition of a new 50-minute electro-acoustic work entitled Stateless, to be performed throughout 2018/19 in Tarcento, Melbourne, Chicago, Bologna, Zürich, Brussels, Forli, Poitiers, Metz, Geneva and Ljubljana.

Bree van Reyk


The commission of a new work for orchestra as a homage to Peg Mantle, one of Australia’s pioneering women musicians. Premiere performance by the Canberra Youth Orchestra at the Canberra International Music Festival in May 2019, with subsequent performances from the Sydney Youth Orchestra and West Australian Youth Orchestra in Gilgandra, Sydney and Perth throughout 2019.

Connor D'Netto


Commissioning Connor’s third string quartet to be premiered by the Goldner String Quartet in 2019, and to receive its European and American premieres by Modulus Quartet (UK) and the Mivos Quartet (USA),  in late 2019 and 2020, to be followed by a studio recording.

Elissa Goodrich


Listen.Now.Again is a new large-scale music installation/live-art performance work, in partnership with St Martin’s Youth Performing Arts Centre. The work takes its inspiration from evolutionary biology and explores climate and science, and features a large live ensemble of professional musicians, operating in collaboration with children-performer-participants.

Fiona Hill and  Tristan Coelho



The project Other Voices comprises two new electroacoustic works for flute and voice. Performances confirmed for Ensemble Offsping, Tilde~, Backstage Music and Monash University, and in the US and UK.  The works will be enhanced through an innovative Creative Kit, disseminated amongst the teaching community and the tertiary and secondary education sector.

Julian Day


Games People Play is a set of pieces built on game theory in which performers enact vibrant forms of structural interdependence. The works will individually premiere in New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Melbourne, with various soloists and ensembles, and will be recorded as video works for exhibition in galleries and online.

Matt Keegan


The composition of a new work for The Three Seas, a band that combines Australian jazz musicians with folk musicians from West Bengal, India, to be premiered in Australia and India. The work will be recorded in 2018 and released in 2019. 

Rae Howell


Bee-Sharp Honeybee is a music-science creation project, developed from recent research of bee buzz frequencies, working in collaboration on a global scale with a bee research lab, beekeepers, scientists, musicians and producers. It culminate in a 1 hour real-time audio/visual work for live chamber orchestra, electronics, a live stream of bees, and animated visuals developed from the hand-illustrated graphic scores.

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