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3 March 2016

APRA AMCOS launches Art Music Fund

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

APRA AMCOS launches Art Music Fund

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

Australian and New Zealand composers are invited to apply for a grant from a total pool of AUD$100,000. The funding is available for the creation of 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.

The first round of applications close at 5pm AEST on 30 April 2016, and successful applicants will be notified by the end of May. The applicant must be a member of APRA and, for Australian composers, also a member of the Australian Music Centre.

The initiative, announced last year alongside additional measures to support art music composers, exists to see new works distributed as widely as possible amongst audiences in Australia, New Zealand, and around the world.

Applications will be assessed on three criteria: the viability of the proposed project; the quality of the work; and 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.

APRA AMCOS expects that the resulting partnerships - across multiple parties - will result in impressive and inspiring projects, and invites composers to submit an application now. The APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund is supported by the Australian Music Centre.

> The guidelines and the online application form are now available on the AMC website.

> More information and detailed guidelines are also available on the APRA website.


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