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10 March 2009

Composer opportunities: Cybec & 3MBS Awards

Composer opportunities: Cybec & 3MBS Awards

The 3MBS National Composer Awards and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program are calling for submissions - deadlines 29 May (3MBS) and 27 March (Cybec).

3MBS National Composer Awards

The 3MBS National Composer Awards are calling for previously unperformed orchestral scores from composers around Australia. The award has been developed by 3MBS in association with Orchestra Victoria, Betty Amsden OAM, APRA, the Arts Centre and the Robert Salzer Foundation. Initially a Victorian-based competition, the Award is now a national event that aims at promoting and nurturing Australian composers and showcasing their orchestral works. The winning entry receives the $10,000 Betty Amsden Award, and additional $2,000 will be awarded to a second composer (the APRA Special Commendation Award).

Entry is open to Australian residents of all ages. The judges are looking for scores not previously performed in public. The winning composition will be performed in a concert by Orchestra Victoria on 6 August 2009 at Hamer Hall, Melbourne, conducted by Marko Letonja. Entries close on Friday 29 May at 5pm. Details and entry forms are available on the 3MBS website.

Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Cybec program invites young composers to write a new and innovative work for performance by members of the MSO. The program aims to nurture and develop the talent of young Australian composers, providing an opportunity to develop their craft. Selected participants will compose a new work for orchestral ensemble, working with a leading Australian composer as a mentor. The program also includes a workshop. All participants’ pieces will be performed in the program finals in February 2010. Up to two winning works will also be performed as part of the MSO’s 2010 Metropolis concert series, devoted to contemporary orchestral works.
Applications close on 27 March at 5pm. Application details are available on the MSO's website.

Further links


The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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