26 September 2012
Music Board grants, August 2012
A marimba concerto by Gerard Brophy, a recording of new works by Mark Isaacs Resurgence Band, a series of sound walks by Jim Denley, a 35-minute work for soprano and piano trio by Andrew Ford, a string orchestra commission for Peter Sculthorpe, and a new work by Kate Moore for Ensemble Offspring have all received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts as a result of the Music Board's most recent assessment meeting. Successful applications also included the 12th NOW now Festival of Improvised and Exploratory Music, Queensland Youth Orchestras' commission for Carl Vine, a series of contemporary choral music programs by the Sydney Chamber Choir, a public art project by Nigel Helyer and an electroacoustic collaboration between Eugene Ughetti and Robin Fox. For more details about the successful funding applications, please see the Australia Council for the Arts website.
The Music Board considered 342 applications of which 51 were successful, to a funded total of $747,039. The Chair of the Music Board, Matthew Hindson, noted in his assessment report that there has been a marked increase in the number of applications received. In this round, the number of applications in the 'New Work (writing and recording)' category was more than double the highest number of applications previously received in a single round.
Assessment meeting report and a list of grant recipients (Australia Council website)
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