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10 March 2008

Opportunities and Events

Elena Kats-Chernin's works will feature at PAMC, London in April Image: Elena Kats-Chernin's works will feature at PAMC, London in April  

Performing Australian Music Competition 2008

An impressive multi-national entry for the Performing Australian Music Competition 2008 means that the competition’s Preliminary Round will constitute an unprecedented celebration of Australian solo repertoire in the heart of London. Taking place from 31 March to 3 April at the Royal College of Music, the preliminary rounds of the competition are open to the general public and will include performers from eighteen different countries including Armenia, Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, Greece, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, USA.

All competitors were required to submit a proposal comprising a 20-minute program of solo works by Australian composers. The 90 submissions include over 80 Australian pieces including works by Michael Smetanin, Alison Bauld, Keith Humble, Damien Ricketson, Elena Kats-Chernin and more.

For more information about PAMC and the full list of Australian composers represented in the competition go to www.amcoz.com.au/pamc

National Big Band Composition Competition

The deadline for the National Big Band Composition Competition is rapidly approaching. Presented by Sydney’s Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra in conjunction with APRA and ABC Classic FM, the competition aims to provide a platform for Australian and NZ large ensemble composers to have their work performed.

The top four finalists – contenders for the $3,5000 cash prize – will travel to Sydney to participate in rehearsals with the orchestra, culminating in a live performance on ABC Classic FM on 18 May 2008. The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra was formed in 2003 to provide a serious platform for Australian large ensemble composers to have their work performed, recorded and broadcast. Since its inception, under the artistic direction of David Theak, the Orchestra has been nominated in 2006 & 2007 as Australian Jazz Ensemble of the year, released 2 critically acclaimed CDs (both domestically and internationally) and toured the East Coast of Australia with German Uber composer Florian Ross. Competitors must submit their entries by 1 April. For more information go to: www.mothershiporchestra.com

Song Summit Sydney – S³

Creative artists will have the opportunity to learn, network and attend workshops and performances at the forthcoming Song Summit Sydney (S³) – a unique event dedicated to the art and craft of songwriting – taking place 3-5 April 2008. Presented by APRA|AMCOS, S³ will be a dynamic and interactive experience for all delegates, sponsors, partners and the wider public. S³ will span all genres of music and each facet of the music life-cycle; from creation, through promotion to distribution. Held over 3 days with over 30 sessions, the event includes international keynote speakers, panel discussion & interactive workshops; performances by leading artists & emerging artists from a variety of genres each day; workshops, seminars and clinics. Whether you’re just starting out or trying to get your music to the next level, S³ will provide you with crucial networking and educational opportunities. Register online at www.songsummit.com.au. Secure your ticket today!

As a national service organisation, the Australian Music Centre is dedicated to increasing the profile and sustainability of Australian composers and other creative artists. The AMC facilitates the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these artists through: composer and other creative artist representation and assistance; resonate – its online magazine; library and retail services; sheet music publishing; and the management, administration and publication of project-based initiatives. Its library collection holds over 30,000 items by more than 500 artists.


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