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Australian Music Centre

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Articles by and about Australian Music Centre

Vale Robert Hughes (1912-2007) by Australian Music Centre

Distinguished Australian composer Robert Hughes passed away in Adelaide last week During his career Robert Hughes was a passionate advocate for the rights of the composer...

Composer Notes by Australian Music Centre

Richard Mills and Timerblake Wertenbaker’sThe Love of a Nightingale was short-listed for Best New Australian Work, Best Original Score and Best Music Direction and Best opera in the 2007 Helpmann Awards (www.helpmannawards.com.au), which were held 6 August in Sydney...

Performer Notes by Australian Music Centre

The Australian Chamber Orchestra collected the award for Best Classical Concert Presentation for their program ‘Revolution’ at the 2007 Helpmann Awards (www.helpmannawards.com.au), which were held 6 August in Sydney...

9th Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address by Australian Music Centre

For over 30 years, violinist Jon Rose has been at the sharp end of experimental, new and improvised music. When Jon delivers the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address this year, he will look for positive models, forgotten notions, and unorthodox praxis that have entertained and given meaning to the lives of Australians over the last 200 years but which have never entered, or been allowed to enter, the canon of imported mainstream music making...

Composers_Connecting_Community by Australian Music Centre

Music making can be a powerful tool for engaging, empowering, and enriching the lives of individuals in our community. Many community-based music organisations exist throughout Australia to provide opportunities for music-lovers of all ages and abilities to participate in the creation, performance and reception of music...

Composer Notes - November 2007 by Australian Music Centre

Kaidan, a work by Ian Cleworth, Timothy Constable, Riley Lee, and members of TaikOz was awarded Best New Composition at the 2007 Limelight awards on 14th November...

Sydney Sinfonietta Project by Australian Music Centre

The deadline for entry to the 2008 Sydney Symphony Sinfonietta Project is rapidly approaching.

Ian Potter Music Commissions 2007 Fellowships by Australian Music Centre

The Ian Potter Music Commissions for 2007 were announced last week at a ceremony in Melbourne...

Overseas performances of Australian Music by Australian Music Centre

The following listing of performances of Australian music overseas is not a comprehensive list – the Australian Music Centre relies on performance data submitted by artists.

Orpheus Remix Awards by Australian Music Centre

When it comes to the notion of opera in Australia today, opinions are hugely diverse. For some, opera continues to hold its place as the ultimate form of musical expression; at the other end of the spectrum, it embodies the essence of music elitism...

The NOW now Festival of Spontaneous Music by Australian Music Centre

In less than a week, community members of the Blue Mountains (just west of Sydney) will have a chance to celebrate experimental music in all its guises as creative sound makers gather from across Australia and the world to participate in the NOW now Festival of Spontaneous Music...

Composer Notes - January 2008 by Australian Music Centre

Damian Barbeler is one of the four finalists selected for Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2008...

Workshop Opportunity for Emerging Composers by Australian Music Centre

The Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO), a community orchestra based in Sydney’s north, is currently seeking expressions of interest for the opportunity to develop experience in orchestral composition...

Trans-Tasman Composer Residency Exchange - Colin Bright by Australian Music Centre

2006 Trans-Tasman Composer Colin Bright’s new work Surf Symphony will be premiered by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra during Aquatica ’08 – Auckand’s Harbour Festival...

2008 Classical Music Awards by Australian Music Centre

It’s that time of year again – time to reflect on the Australian new music community’s activities during last year...

Composer/Performer Notes by Australian Music Centre

Synergy Percussion Quartet made their U.S. debut last month at the 15th annual Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, providing most in the audience with their first taste of Australian contemporary music.

Opportunities and Events by Australian Music Centre

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...

Festival Season for New Music by Australian Music Centre

April is a busy month for Australian new music, particularly when it comes to festivals. Throughout April musicians, composers and concert-goers alike will have the chance to celebrate new music in a variety of forms at four different festivals across the nation. From improvisation, installation and free jazz to contemporary classical, each festival offers an exciting line up of outstanding creative artists, demonstrating the diversity of talent in Australian new music...

Jazz Legend wins Don Banks Award by Australian Music Centre

The nation’s most valuable individual music prize – the Australia Council for the Arts Don Banks Music Award 2008 – goes to Australian jazz icon Bob Sedergreen...

A new ending for the Sorry Song by Australian Music Centre

'Sing sorry across this land' wrote the West Australian composer Kerry Fletcher in her 1998 Sorry Song. Since the apology to the stolen generations of Australian Indigenous people by the Australian government in February 2008, the song now has a new verse, and a new ending.

Composer Notes - June 2008 by Australian Music Centre

ABC Classic FM’s Lute Project website features audio and video of the new lute compositions premiered by Tommie Anderson during the 2008 Aurora Festival.

Tristram Cary remembered 3 by Australian Music Centre

Tristram was a dear friend of our family for over thirty years. Gwen and I met him in the early 1970s at a party at the home of John and Jenny Morley at Hazelwood Park. It was one of those meetings where one knew on sight that we would be friends.

Tristram Cary remembered 2 by Australian Music Centre

My friendship with Tristram was founded in storytelling. He was a great storyteller: there was history, musical and literary heritage and of course a great passion for all that he did – he had a gleam in his eye, and it was very infectious.

Tristram Cary remembered 1 by Australian Music Centre

The death of Dr. Tristram Cary in Adelaide on 24 April was a sad event that resonated within hours throughout the musical world, not only in Australia but around the globe, particularly across North America, continental Europe and the United Kingdom (as the scores of obituary appreciations have testified).

Very High Kings available online by Australian Music Centre

A live recording of Richard Meale's landmark orchestral piece Very High Kings has been made available online.

Tristram Cary remembered 4 by Australian Music Centre

In approaching the legacy of a man such as Tristram Cary, one is daunted by the sheer scale and scope of his life’s work and passions. He was literally a big man, and to find appropriate metaphors to hold that reality as we say farewell, it is probably most apt to think of a large mountain. As a composer, his output spans all known classical genres as well as being a pioneer of electronic music hardware, aesthetic and compositional techniques. What Australian composer of today has such breadth and depth?

Aphids Reel Festival by Australian Music Centre

The inaugural Aphids Reel Music Festival, held at Melbourne's Federation Square from 26 to 29 June, combines live music performances with moving image.

2008 Classical Music Awards - Finalists by Australian Music Centre

Connected by their shared passion and dedication to classical music; composers, performers, educators, promoters, musicologists and critics will once again gather for Australia’s annual celebration of classical music. Proudly presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) the 2008 Classical Music Awards will be held at The Sydney Opera House on Monday 21 July.

Overseas Performances of Australian Music by Australian Music Centre

This list of performances of Australian music overseas is not a comprehensive list – the Australian Music Centre relies on performance data submitted by artists.

MacKenzie-Spencer and Yu win the 3MBS awards by Australian Music Centre

Loclan MacKenzie-Spencer and Julian Yu are the prizewinners of the 2008 3MBS National Composer Awards. Their entries competed with 31 other new orchestral scores by Australian composers.

2008 Classical Music Awards - Winners by Australian Music Centre

The Australian music industry tonight celebrated the success of this year’s most outstanding Australian classical music achievements at the 2008 Classical Music Awards. The Awards were presented by APRA and the Australian Music Centre, at The Playhouse, Sydney Opera House.

Mills - Edwards - Brophy by Australian Music Centre

Interplay, a triple bill of new Australian ballet works has its world premiere in Melbourne this Thursday (28 August).

Stepping Stones education resource and Sibelius Awards by Australian Music Centre

Stepping Stones, a new education resource for senior secondary and tertiary music students, is now available from the Australian Music Centre. The education kit, prepared in cooperation with Ensemble Offpsring, Sibelius and MLC School provides learning resources and live listening experiences for years 9 to 12.

MODART09 applications close on Friday by Australian Music Centre

Emerging Australian composers are again invited to submit their proposals in the MODART professional development project.

APRA Professional Development Awards - closing soon! by Australian Music Centre

The APRA Professional Development Awards provide cash, travel and recognition to music composers and song writers in the early stages of their careers. Nominations for the 2009 awards are now being sought for.

Kiravanu - new opera for children by MLC and James Humberstone by Australian Music Centre

This Tuesday night (16 September), MLC School in Burwood, NSW, continue their tradition of commissioning new works from Australian composers with the premiere of James Humberstone's and Mary Elizabeth’s Kiravanu.

Sound artists galore by Australian Music Centre

What is happening in the sound art world today? resonate asked a handful of Australian sound artists some basic questions and got the following answers.

Grant deadline reminder - Soundtravellers by Australian Music Centre

Applications for the second round of Soundtravellers grants close on Monday (22 September).

Composer notes - September 2008 by Australian Music Centre

Australian music and its representations of indigenous culture were a central topic in the Opera Indigene conference at Kings College, London, in the end of September. Composer Anne Boyd gave a paper titled 'To Didj or Not to Didj - Exploring indigenous representation in Australian Music Theatre Works by Margaret Sutherland and Andrew Schultz'. . .

Splinter Orchestra and the NOW Now series by Australian Music Centre

The improvised music ensemble Splinter Orchestra - a unique group of musicians with very diverse backgrounds, performing without a conductor - is now touring.

Songs of Joy by Dean in Liverpool by Australian Music Centre

Simon Rattle's return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, as part of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture, has attracted a lot of attention in the British media. Some of this attention has now been directed to the program of the evening, and the premiere of Brett Dean's Songs of Joy

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Nigel Westlake: learning on the job by Australian Music Centre

This year's Melbourne International Art Festival featured a concert of Nigel Westlake's music, with the composer himself conducting the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The following interview is a transcript of a radio conversation between Westlake, who recently turned 50, and Andrew Ford on ABC Radio National, a few days before the concert (11 October 2008).

HSC Repertoire for 2009 by Australian Music Centre

HSC repertoire lists for 2009 are now available from the Australian Music Centre. Each year, AMC prepares lists of repertoire suitable for performance in the NSW Higher School Certificate mandatory topic: Music of the Last 25 Years (Australian Focus).

Sibelius Awards finalists announced by Australian Music Centre

Sibelius Composer Awards 2008 finalists have been announced. The young composers' works will be premiered by Ensemble Offspring in the awards concert on 26 October.

Sinfonietta 2009 project for secondary students by Australian Music Centre

Australian secondary school composition students are again invited to participate in the Sydney Symphony Sinfonietta project.

Sibelius Composer Awards winners by Australian Music Centre

Melbourne lads stole the limelight in the national Sibelius Composer Awards at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music last Sunday. The competition drew over 100 entrants from across Australia. The secondary school award went to Jackson Sweeney (16) for his dark and dramatic work Delusional Mind, while Jesse McVeity (19) won the tertiary section for his intriguing use of texture and momentum in Luminous Patterns.

Garrett to meet with ANAM people by Australian Music Centre

The Federal Government's decision to not continue funding of the Australian National Academy of Music beyond 2008, has left the Academy in a situation where all planning for 2009 has been suspended, and the staff, students and guest lecturers are effectively preparing for a future without ANAM.

classic/amp website launched by Australian Music Centre

ABC Classic FM has launched a much-needed web service that will make available an increasing number recordings of Australian music previously unavailable for the general public.

Sandy Evans to present the PG-H address by Australian Music Centre

The 10th annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks address will be presented by the saxophonist and composer Sandy Evans on 1 December in Sydney.

Update on ANAM by Australian Music Centre

Update 26 & 28 November: review and media links added
Update 30 November - latest development: news item in The Australian
Updates 2 December - news item 1 on ABC Online ; news item 2 on ABC Online

Arts Minister Peter Garrett has announced funding for an entirely new organisation dedicated to training of classical musicians. Tuesday's announcement did not change the earlier decision to not continue funding of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) beyond 2008 . . .

AMC opening hours in December by Australian Music Centre

Australian Music Centre will close for holidays at 12noon on 24 December and reopen at 10am on Monday, 5 January 2009.

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish all our members and customers a happy holiday season.

Brett Dean wins Grawemeyer Award by Australian Music Centre

Brett Dean has won the 2009 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition for his violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing. The Grawemeyer Award, granted annually by the University of Louisville (USA), is the world’s most prestigious composition prize, worth USD 200,000. Previous winners of the prize include Pierre Boulez, György Ligeti, Witold Lutoslawski, John Adams and Kaija Saariaho. Brett Dean is the first Australian winner.

Extempore journal by Australian Music Centre

The first issue of the arts journal Extempore, launched during the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, is available from a number of bookshops nationwide as well as online. Extempore is a bi-annual arts journal with a special focus on jazz and improvised music – or, as the new magazine itself puts it, a journal 'celebrating the creativity that surrounds jazz and improvised music'.

New chamber works in the shakuhachi concert by Australian Music Centre

The inaugural Shakuhachi Chamber Music Composition Competition concert will take place in Melbourne on Saturday, 13 December.

The latest on ANAM by Australian Music Centre

In a surprising twist to an already eventful story, the representatives of Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the Commonwealth Government and the University of Melbourne have agreed that ANAM's activities continue as business as usual for the whole of 2009.

Sandy Evans: 10th Annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address by Australian Music Centre

'It is a great privilege to give the 10th Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address. I would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land Gadigal clan of the Eora nation.

I am grateful that the New Music Network includes musicians from my field in its vision and community. It’s hard to say exactly what my field is, but it encompasses jazz and other improvised music and music with cross-cultural influences. My practise has many synergies with musicians approaching new music from a Western classical music perspective. I’m going to look at ways we can improve things for all of us and for future adventurers in new music. Our support of each other is probably the most important factor in ensuring the survival of the music we believe in and in improving conditions for the future. Fortunately, we are rich in this resource...

William Garnet James and his many hats by Australian Music Centre

As a special summer feature, resonate presents two extracts from David Tunley's book William James and the beginning of modern musical Australia, published by the Australian Music Centre (2007). This is a fascinating account of a composer, pianist and Federal Director of Music at the ABC whose significance in building Australian musical life is surprisingly little known.

Nine participants for MODART09 by Australian Music Centre

From a wide field of applicants, seven Australians alongside a composer from New Zealand and one from Hong Kong have been selected to participate in the 2009 MODART project. Initiated by The Song Company and the Australian Music Centre, MODART provides opportunities for emerging composers to develop new work for voices.

NMN Mini Series - call for applications by Australian Music Centre

Applications for the 2009 New Music Network Mini Series are now open - the closing date for submissions is 31 January.

Composer notes - January 2009 by Australian Music Centre

Cat Hope’s and Alistair Riddell’s articles are included in the new book Experimental Music – audio explorations in Australia, edited by Gail Priest (UNW Press 2009). Cat Hope writes about noise music and its impact on experimental music in Australia, while Riddell’s article is on the computational processes in experimental music. Experimental Music – audio explorations in Australia is available from the AMC Shop. Thomas Meadowcroft’s sound installation Monaro Eden is included in Queensland Art Gallery’s current exhibition...

Paul Lowin Prize 2009 - call for submissions by Australian Music Centre

Entries are now open for the 2009 Paul Lowin Prizes. The prestigious orchestral prize ($25,000) will be awarded to a work for modern chamber or symphony orchestra, while the song cycle prize ($15,000) will be given to a composition suitable for chamber performance, using up to eight independent vocal lines, accompanied by up to 10 instrumental players.

PAMC Grand Final broadcast by Australian Music Centre

The Grand Final concert of the 2008 Performing Australian Music Competition (PAMC) will be broadcast on Saturday on ABC Classic FM. Six talented musicians performed  Australian works in the final concert, recorded at Australia House in London.

Two new opportunities in February by Australian Music Centre

Two new opportunities closing in February 2009.

APRA Professional Development Awards shortlist by Australian Music Centre

AMC represented composers Amanda Handel, Daniel Rojas, Katherine Rawlings are among those shortlisted for the 2009 APRA Professional Development Awards. Shortlisted in the classical category are also: Melody Eötvös, Anthony Garcia, Jeff Harper, Symon Kohut, Stephen Lewis, Peter McCracken, Kate Neal, Alex Pozniak, Elisha Sando and Michael Sollis.

Sound Travellers tour grants announced by Australian Music Centre

Sixteen ensembles, bands and individual artists have received a touring grant from the second round of the Sound Travellers initiative.

Classical Music Awards 2009: call for nominations by Australian Music Centre

It is time to have your say about the new music year of 2008. Nominations can be made through the quick and easy instant nomination process by 27 March (we'll take care of the support materials for you) or through the full nomination procedure with complete support materials by 1 May.

Michael Kieran Harvey calls for tax dollars exclusively for Australian content by Australian Music Centre

Pianist and composer Michael Kieran Harvey has used his Peggy Glanville-Hicks address to call for more Australian music to be performed by Australian orchestras, and more Australians to conduct these orchestras. He also demanded more emphasis on music education in schools and all other music-aligned bodies.

Harvey singled the Australian Music Centre out as an organisation that should receive direct federal funding in the same way as the National Film and Sound Archive, and the National Library of Australia. The level of public funding for orchestras and opera should, in his opinion, be made dependent on Australian content in season programs - the current percentage of stage time devoted to Australian works being about 7%.

Featured video - Kate Moore's Velvet by Australian Music Centre

This video of the performance of Kate Moore's work Velvet by TwoSense (Ashley Bathgate, cello, and Lisa Moore, piano) was recorded in New York on 4 January 2011.

Wright, Hsieh, Eötvös and Murphy among the six Soundstream Award finalists by Australian Music Centre

The names of the six finalists of the Soundstream Young Composers' Award have been announced. New works by finalists Sebastian Phlox and Melisande Wright from South Australia, Annie-Hui-Hsin Hsieh and Melody Eötvös from Victoria, Daniel Manera from New South Wales and Nicole Murphy from Queensland will be performed on 13 October 13 2012 as part of the Soundstream Adelaide New Music Festival. The winner will be announced on the night.

Freedman finalists' showcase (10 August) by Australian Music Centre

The yearly Freedman Jazz concert will again showcase the four finalists of the 2012 Music Council of Australia/Freedman Jazz Fellowship. The public concert on 10 August is the final stage of the judging process to determine the winner of the fellowship. The four finalists - Zac Hurren (saxophone), Christopher Hale (guitar), Evan Mannell (drums) and Jeremy Rose (saxophone) - will be performing with their bands. The judges for 2012 are David Theak, John Clare and Mike Nock.

Tony Gould wins Don Banks award by Australian Music Centre

Pianist and composer Tony Gould (AM) is the winner of the prestigious 2009 Don Banks Music Award. This $60,000 award is presented annually by the Australian Council for the Arts.

David Chesworth: I still struggle with descriptions by Australian Music Centre

David Bennett's Sounding Postmodernism - Sampling Australian Composers, Sound Artists and Music Critics, is a much-awaited publication that brings together an impressive amount of theory, debate and analysis on the topic of postmodernism and music. In Sounding Postmodernism, Bennett's extensive survey and analysis of the thories and debates on postmodernism is accompanied by interviews with Australian composers, sound artists and critics - this interview with David Chesworth was conducted in October 2005.

Sculthorpe's $3.5m endowment to Sydney Conservatorium by Australian Music Centre

Composer Peter Sculthorpe, who will turn 80 this April, has astonished the nation by his multi-million donation to the University of Sydney. The $3.5 million endowment is earmarked for establishing a Chair of Australian Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of music, where Sculthorpe himself taught composition from 1963 until the late 1990s.

ISCM and and Gaudeamus selections by Australian Music Centre

David Chisholm's and Amanda Cole's works have been selected for performance during the 2009 ISCM World Music Days in Sweden. Peter McNamara's work is among the fifteen works shortlisted for the 2009 Gaudeamus Music Prize.

Opportunity: Kronos Quartet's Under 30 Project (deadline 16 November) by Australian Music Centre

The Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association has announced the fifth edition of its Kronos: Under 30 Project, a commissioning and mentoring program for young composers under the age of 30. Launched in 2003, the project helps nurture the careers of emerging artists, while enabling Kronos to forge stronger connections with the next creative generation.

Harvey's PGH Address reaches a wide audience - transcript now available by Australian Music Centre

Pianist and composer Michael Kieran Harvey's Peggy Glanville-Hicks address can now be read in its entirety on the New Music Network website. The yearly address, organised by the New Music Network, was presented by Harvey in Sydney on 22 October and in Melbourne on 2 November. After the Melbourne event and the broadcast of the address on ABC Radio National, Harvey's speech has become something of a social media phenomenon, with numerous artists linking to the transcript and celebrating Harvey's passionate delivery.

Composer opportunities: Cybec & 3MBS Awards by Australian Music Centre

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).

Song Summit 2012 in Sydney by Australian Music Centre

Song Summit, APRA|AMCOS’s three-day expo for songwriters, will take place in Sydney on 26-28 May 2012. The event is designed to provide artists with educational support, networking and business opportunities to help further their careers. The program of this third Song Summit forms includes live performances by international and local talent as well as workshops, conferences, and other events. Song Summit will be organised at the Sydney Convention Centre as part of Vivid Sydney.

In addition to the main conference program, Song Summit will also include a number of programs directed to specific sectors of the music industry.

Position vacant: Aurora New Music - artistic curator by Australian Music Centre

Aurora New Music Inc - the producer of the biennial Aurora Festival in western Sydney since 2006 - is looking for candidates for the position of artistic curator. The ideal applicant is 'an inspirational, visionary leader with an intimate knowledge of contemporary art music, a large and diverse network that includes musicians and composers'. He/she will also have relevant curatorial or directing experience with a focus on contemporary art music and a desire for community cultural engagement.

The AMC is moving: Library closes on 24 April by Australian Music Centre

The AMC will be relocating to the APRA|AMCOS building in Ultimo, Sydney, in the beginning of May. Our Library will be closing to enable the staff to prepare for the move: the last day the Library will be open in The Rocks is Wednesday 24 April. After that, any loans will need to be returned by post to: AMC Library, PO Box N690, Grosvenor Place, NSW 1220.

Rufus Records catalogue now available through the AMC by Australian Music Centre

We are extremely pleased to announce that the AMC now offers for sale the entire Rufus Records catalogue: orders placed through the AMC will be shipped directly to customers from the Rufus warehouse. The new arrangement with Rufus significantly increases the range of jazz recordings available through the AMC. There are over 80 CDs available, and artists featured in the catalogue include the AMC-represented Sandy Evans, Bernie McGann, Andrew Robson and Alister Spence, among others.

Advice to Young and Emerging Composers by Australian Music Centre and Matthew Hindson

Many Australian composers are intensely involved not only in writing their own music, but also in imparting knowledge and strategies for composition to students through teaching. There are so many composers doing this, and yet, to the best of my knowledge, there hasn't ever been a straightforward document outlining the gems of wisdom we so regularly impart to our students. Reading about Johannes Brahms's advice on musical composition recently lead me to wonder about what advice contemporary Australian composers and educators would give over a century later.

Australian Music Centre redefines the online world of Australian music by Australian Music Centre

Music lovers, festival programmers, teachers, students, and the creators and performers of original Australian music across the globe now have an indispensable new resource in Australian Music Centre Online at www.australianmusiccentre.com.au

 

Final year for Ian Potter Music Commissions by Australian Music Centre

Expressions of interest are invited for the final yearof The Ian Potter Music Commission Fellowships. There are two fellowships being offered: $20,000 for an emerging composer and $80,000 for an established composer, to compose portfolios of work(s) over a period of two years.

New represented artists at the AMC by Australian Music Centre

37 composers and sound artists have joined the ranks of represented artists and associated artists at the Australian Music Centre following the completion of the latest round of applications last month.

Something about Peter by Australian Music Centre

The most fitting celebration of Peter Sculthorpe's 80th birthday (29 April) is to open our ears at concerts of his music - easily done these days, with performances all around the country. The Arts in the Valley Festival (in Kangaroo Valley, NSW) and the Canberra International Music Festival deserve a special mention here, as both events not only feature Sculthorpe's compositions but also make room for musical re-interpretations, and entirely new works, inspired by Sculthorpe. We asked some of the composer's friends, students and collaborators to share personal insights and observations.

Mike Nock walks the Hall of Fame by Australian Music Centre

Pianist and composer Mike Nock has joined the company of Bernie McGann, Don Burrows, John Pochée, Allan Browne and Ade Monsbourgh in the Graeme Bell Awards Hall of Fame.

Composer notes May 2009 by Australian Music Centre

Our regular news bulletin from the composing world: performances, new releases, awards, commissions, web links.

ISCM World Music Days 2010 - call for works by Australian Music Centre

The International Society for Contemporary Music is currently seeking works for its 10-day event in Sydney, Australia from 30 April to 9 May 2010.

New Music Network 2009 concert series starts by Australian Music Centre

The New Music Network – a collective of contemporary music ensembles, sound artists and organisations from around Australia – kicks off its 2009 concert series in Sydney this weekend with a concert by Ensemble Offspring. The series continues with ten further events over the rest of the year. In addition to these, there are five concerts in the so-called mini-series, two of which bring together performances of several fine soloists.

Opportunities & reminders: Potter, Lowin, ISCM, Soundtravellers by Australian Music Centre

Opportunities: updated call for works for ISCM World Music Days 2010 is now available on the AMC website - Ian Potter Commissions closing next week - Lowin Prizes deadline 30 June - applications are now open for the next round of Soundtravellers grants.

AYO programs - applications close 19 June by Australian Music Centre

The Australian Youth Orchestra invites applications for its 2010 programs, including the Australian Youth Orchestra's international tour (with performances at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls) as well as all the programs offered by the National Music Camp.

Liquid Architecture & sound art forum by Australian Music Centre

Celebrating its tenth consecutive year, the Liquid Architecture festival starts off in Sydney (24-27 June) with performances, installations and a forum 'Sustainability of Sound Arts in Australia'.

The Navigator in Moscow and Paris by Australian Music Centre

Liza Lim's and Patricia Sykes's opera The Navigator will receive its European premiere this week in Moscow, Russia, as part of the 8th Chekhov International Theatre Festival. Later in 2009, The Navigator will be performed in France as part of the Festival d'automne à Paris...

Sounds of the future - MODART09 concerts by Australian Music Centre

Hear in concert the emerging creative talent from Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong in performance with The Song Company. The final concerts of MODART09 deliver a fascinating selection of nine new works for voices by nine of the finest emerging composers in the Pacific - for one night only in Sydney and Melbourne.

Tasmanian Orchestral Experience by Australian Music Centre

Five composers – Kevin March, Annie Hsieh, James Wade, Melody Eötvös and Chris Williams – have just spent a week in Tasmania, taking part in Symphony Australia TSO Composers' school 2009. Tutors this year were Richard Mills and Kenneth Young (conducting), Paul Stanhope, Maria Grenfell, and James Ledger. The 'school week' started on Sunday 21 June and finished on Thursday evening with the presentation of student works and orchestration excercises. We asked three of the participants – James, Melody and Chris – to put some of their experiences into words.

Stephen Leek and The Australian Voices on tour by Australian Music Centre

Stephen Leek and The Australian Voices choir have embarked on an Asian tour with a program of exclusively Australian choral music. Back home, The Australian Voices will give a special 'Sounds of Perfection' concert in the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre on 27 August to farewell Stephen Leek and to celebrate his 16-year association with the choir.

Intervarsity Choral Festival celebrates with premieres by Australian Music Centre

Choristers from universities around Australia are gathering in Hobart for a week in July to celebrate 60 years of Intervarsity Choral Festivals. The highlight of the festival program is two world premieres: new works by Don Kay and Matthew Orlovich will be performed in the concluding gala concert on Friday 17 July.

Peter Tahourdin (1928-2009) by Australian Music Centre

Peter Tahourdin, a highly respected composer, colleague and teacher, passed away on 28 July 2009 at his home in Melbourne.

Composer notes August 2009 by Australian Music Centre

Regular news bulletin from the composing world: performances, new releases, awards, commissions, web links.

Classical Music Awards 2009 - Finalists by Australian Music Centre

Australia’s finest compositions, performances and outstanding achievements in contemporary classical music will be nationally recognised today, with the announcement of finalists for the 2009 Classical Music Awards.

Proudly presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre (AMC), the Classical Music Awards is the only program that specifically honours Australia’s outstanding talent in contemporary classical music.

2012 Art Music Awards - call for nominations by Australian Music Centre

APRA and the Australian Music Centre are now calling for nominations for the 2012 Art Music Awards.

Australian music at Vale of Glamorgan Festival by Australian Music Centre

This year's Vale of Glamorgan Festival of Music in Wales (6-12 September) features a large selection of contemporary Australian composition, from orchestral works to solo pieces. The highlight of the festival is the all-Australian program of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales (10 September).

Farewell to Jan Sedivka and Geoffrey Tozer by Australian Music Centre

Australian music lost two fine artists within a week in August, when news came about the death of pianist Geoffrey Tozer, and a few days later, of violinist, Professor Jan Sedivka.

Christina Leonard and Mary Finsterer in conversation by Annemaree Dalziel and Australian Music Centre

In this interview transcript, composer Mary Finsterer and saxophonist Christina Leonard, saxophonist, discuss the art of composing, performing and collaborating. The interview was conducted earlier this year by Annemaree Dalziel, producer at the Campbelltown Arts Centre, where Mary Finsterer is currently composer in residence. One of the highlights of this residency is a forthcoming event 'Conversations', featuring not only her own new work but also music by the Aboriginal hip hop artist Wire MC and the didjeridu player William Barton. 'Conversations' follows on from two earlier events this year - 'Suburbs' in May and 'Rivers' in July.

Grant reminder: Sound Travellers by Australian Music Centre

Sound Travellers grants aim to develop viable touring opportunities for musicians and sound artists performing sound art, electronica, new jazz, improvisation and contemporary classical music. The closing date for applications is 21 September.

Interview with Larry Sitsky by Australian Music Centre

'I believe in the power of music (...) but I don't like man-made religions, because they're inevitably corrupt, bigoted and lead to wars.' This quote comes from an interview with professor Larry Sitsky, who celebrates his 75th birthday 10 September 2009. In the interview, originally broadcast on The Music Show on ABC Radio National in February 2005, Sitsky talks about his faith in the power of music, his composition, his early years in Australia as well as his major research on Australian 20th-century piano music.

Totally Huge live broadcast 19 September by Australian Music Centre

Tune in on Saturday 19 September to listen to ABC Classic FM's late night live broadcast/webcast from Perth's Totally Huge New Music Festival.

Classical Music Awards 2009 - winners by Australian Music Centre

The Australian music industry celebrated the year’s most outstanding Australian classical music achievements at the 2009 Classical Music Awards at Playhouse Theatre at the Sydney Opera House on Monday 21 September. The Awards were presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre (AMC).

Paul Lowin Prizes 2009 - finalists by Australian Music Centre

Updated 8 October! The shortlisted works for the 2009 Paul Lowin Prizes have been announced: pieces by Carl Vine, Julian Yu and Mary Finsterer have been shortlisted in the Orchestral category, and Nigel Butterley's, Andrew Schultz's and David Chisholm's works made the list in the Song Cycle category. The winners will be announced in a special ceremony on Friday 30 October 2009 at The Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House, Sydney.

New Music Network - call for proposals by Australian Music Centre

Proposals for the Mini Series are welcome from any interested individuals or groups within contemporary new music practice: electronic, improvisatorial or composed. In 2010 the New Music Network is hoping to expand the series to Melbourne and Brisbane and welcomes proposals from interstate.

Ian Potter Fellowships: Kerry, Grandage and Ricketson by Australian Music Centre

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust has announced the recipients of the final round of Ian Potter Music Commission Fellowships. The Fellowships go to Gordon Kerry in the Established Composer category ($80,000) and to Iain Grandage in the Emerging Composer category ($20,000). The awards give the recipients the opportunity to create a significant portfolio of work over the next two years. At the judges’ recommendation and in recognition of the calibre of the field, an additional extraordinary grant of $8,000 was also awarded to Damien Ricketson to help create a specific work for premiere at Sydney Festival 2010.

Creative Explosion in the West by Australian Music Centre

In October, the University of Western Sydney gives the diverse communities of Western Sydney the opportunity to celebrate their musical and cultural traditions with an intercultural creative arts festival that draws its inspiration from Korean, Philippine, Japanese, Iranian and Macedonian traditions.

Australian music at the Melbourne Festival by Australian Music Centre

The Melbourne International Arts Festival (9-24 October 2009) kicks off this Friday with a varied music program including several premieres of Australian works. The largest of these in scale is Brenton Broadstock's Tyranny of Distance for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The work will be premiered in the MSO concert on 17 October, with Julian Yu's version of Modest Musorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in the first half of the program.

ArtStart application deadline: October 26 by Australian Music Centre

The first round of applications for Australia Council for the Arts' new grants program for recent creative arts graduates is closing on Monday 26 October.

Australian premiere for Dean's award-winning concerto by Australian Music Centre

Brett Dean's Grawemeyer award-winning work The Lost Art of Letter Writing (2006) will be given its much-anticipated Australian premiere in Melbourne this November by violinist Kristian Winther and the ANAM Orchestra of the Academy, conducted by Dean himself.

2009 Paul Lowin Awards Prizewinners Announced! by Australian Music Centre

The judges voted Mary Finsterer the winner of the $25,000 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize for her work In Praise of Darkness, while Andrew Schultz won the $15,000 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize for his work To the evening star.

Sydney Chamber Choir wins two prizes at Tolosa Festival in Spain by Australian Music Centre

Sydney Chamber Choir has been ranked third out of a field of ten top choirs from around the world in its first appearance in an international choral competition...

MODART broadcast: 5 December by Australian Music Centre

On Saturday 5 December at 10:30pm, ABC Classic FM's New Music Up Late will broadcast the final concert of MODART09, featuring new works by the nine young composers who participated in the MODART composer development project during the first half of this year.

Memorial concert celebrates Richard Meale by Australian Music Centre

Richard Meale's life and work will be celebrated in a free memorial concert at the Sydney Conservatorium on 14 February at 3pm. The composer of Voss and one of the most important creative artists of his generation, Meale passed away on 23 November last year.

Grammy nomination for Tim Davies by Australian Music Centre

Composer and conductor Tim Davies has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for his piece Counting to Infinity. Grammy Awards are presented annually in the USA for outstanding achievements in the music industry by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

MODART09 podcasts by Australian Music Centre

The AMU podcast series by ABC Classic FM's Australian Music Unit now features several works premiered last year as part of the AMC's and The Song Company's MODART composer development project.

SIMA: Cool for School jazz program by Australian Music Centre

The Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) is launching a new school jazz program that aims at bringing students together with professional contemporary Australian musicians, both established and young/emerging artists - from Sandy Evans, Mike Nock, Judy Bailey and austraLYSIS (Roger Dean), to Phil Slater, James Muller, and others.

British award for Hindson and Bintley's ballet by Australian Music Centre

David Bintley and Matthew Hindson's ballet E=mc², premiered and toured in the UK last year by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, has won one of the last ever South Bank Show Awards. The awards are named after the long-running British television art show The South Bank Show, hosted for 30 years by Melwyn Bragg and broadcast for the last time at the end of 2009 on the ITV channel.

New director for SOUNZ by Australian Music Centre

The Cenre for New Zealand Music SOUNZ has a new executive director as of the beginning of February. Julie Sperring takes the reins of SOUNZ from the long-term director Scilla Askew.

Composer notes January 2010 by Australian Music Centre

Regular news bulletin from the composing world: performances, new releases, awards, web links.

International composer survey by Australian Music Centre

The Centre for Music and Multimedia of Royal College of Music, London, has launched a major international online survey of composers. You can take part by answering a number of questions online.

ASQ National Composers' Forum by Australian Music Centre

The Australian String Quartet have selected five Australian composers to participate in the National Composers' Forum on 27 to 29 August 2010.  The workshops, open to public, will take place in August 2010 under the guidance of Carl Vine.

ISCM World New Music Days - program announced by Australian Music Centre

From 30 April to 9 May, Sydney will be hosting the ISCM World New Music Days Festival - the first time in the 88-year history of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) that the prestigious event will be held in the Southern Hemisphere. Full program details of the festival have now been announced and are available on the ISCM World New Music Days website.

Four Bliss photo essays now online by Australian Music Centre

Series of Bliss photo essays by Bridget Elliot is now complete. After Sydney, the new Australian opera will travel to Melbourne, Edinburgh and Hamburg.

New resource kits from the AMC by Australian Music Centre

AMC has just released three new resource kits and music study guides, focusing on music by Raffaele Marcellino, Peter Sculthorpe and Elena Kats-Chernin

Moya Henderson talks about her Anna Akhmatova's Requiem by Australian Music Centre

[Updated 26 February] Sydney Philharmonia Choirs celebrates its 90th anniversary year with a world premiere by Moya Henderson. I’d like to name them all by name: Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem is Henderson’s tribute to the women of Stalin’s Russia during the years of persecution and purges. In the concert on 31 March and 3 April, Henderson's work is paired with the 4th movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No 9. In this short interview, Henderson talks about the background of this work.

Australia Council grants - changes to closing dates by Australian Music Centre

The Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts has changed the closing dates of its grants categories for 2010 in order to minimise the waiting time for artists and organisations between the closing date and when decisions are advised.

Update about the AMC restructure by Australian Music Centre

As many AMC members, customers and supporters are already aware, the AMC is currently undergoing a significant restructuring, brought about by financial constraints in 2010. At the AMC’s Extraordinary General Meeting at the end of February, the proposed revisions to the constitution were approved by an overwhelming majority of the ballots cast by AMC members. The changes result in a new relationship between the AMC and APRA, and provide for the AMC to continue delivering services to document and promote Australian music through its online facility, launched in 2009.

New Music Network concerts in three cities in 2010 by Australian Music Centre

The New Music Network is expanding its concert series to include events in three Australian cities: Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. A collective of contemporary music ensembles, sound artists and organisations from around the country, the New Music Network launches its 2010 program with a concert in Sydney on 31 March by The Song Company and Synergy Percussion.

TSO Composers' School 2010 - applications now open by Australian Music Centre

Applications for the 2010 Symphony Australia TSO Composers' School are now open. This week of compositional training with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will take place in Hobart on 4-11 September

Don Banks Award to Warren Fahey by Australian Music Centre

The 2010 Don Banks Award 2010 has been granted to the Australian folk legend Warren Fahey. A highly respected writer, broadcaster, music publisher and performer, Fahey has also been a tireless champion of the documentation and research of our musical culture. Fahey has had a long association with the Australian Music Centre since its establishment in 1974. Over the years, he has served as a Director on the AMC Board, and has contributed to various AMC publications.

Minister for the Arts, Peter Garrett, presented the $60,000 Australia Council for the Arts award in Canberra on Thursday at the opening concert of the National Folk Festival.

New CD releases again available through the AMC by Australian Music Centre

After a short interruption, new CD releases of Australian music are again available for purchase through the AMC Online Shop. This is thanks to an exciting new development made possible by the AMC's online system: major suppliers of Australian music products, including scores and recordings, have signed up to have their catalogues available on the AMC website, and orders delivered to the customer directly from the supplier.

ISCM World New Music Days in Zagreb - call for works by Australian Music Centre

The Australian Music Centre will select six works from Australian composers to be submitted to the 2011 ISCM Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. If you wish to be considered for the Australian Section please send your works to the AMC by 30 June.

Sound Scripts vol. 2 now available by Australian Music Centre

Among the AMC's most recent publications is this collection of writings from the 2nd Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference. The theme of the conference, 'Sonic Image', created a stimulating range of papers, performances and screenings. Many of these are represented in this collection of writings, making up the second volume of Sound Scripts.

ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award to Katia Beaugeais by Australian Music Centre

Katia Beaugeais has won the 2010 ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award for her work Sound Box (2008) for soprano saxophone. The announcement and prize presentation took place during a concert of the 2010 World New Music Days last Saturday at the Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney.

The ISCM World New Music Days festival was organised in Sydney on 30 April-9 May - this is the first time in its 88-year history that the prestigious contemporary music festival took place in the Southern Hemisphere. In putting together the program for the festival, more than 700 works from 52 countries were assessed, and over 80 works were selected, covering everything from works for traditional chamber groups and choirs to cutting-edge multimedia and sound installations.

New Board of Directors for the AMC by Australian Music Centre

Following the changes to the AMC's constitution being ratified by the membership at the Extraordinary General Meeting on 24 February, the APRA Board has made appointments of the Directors who will serve on the AMC's Board. They are: Nigel Westlake, Mike Perjanik, Brett Cottle, and Chris Gardoll.

Robert Davidson - IAMIC's virtual composer in residence by Australian Music Centre

Queensland-based composer Robert Davidson is currently taking part in the IAMIC's new Virtual Composers in Residence Programme, together with a Canadian colleague, José Evangelista. IAMIC (International Association of Music Information Centres) Virtual Composers In Residence Programme gives composers the opportunity to network and to share information about their work in a virtual, interactive environment.

Composer and performer notes June 2010 by Australian Music Centre

Our regular news bulletin from the composing/performing world.

Simone Young to deliver the 2010 PG-H Address by Australian Music Centre

Simone Young will present the 12th annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address.

Music in the news - August 2010 by Australian Music Centre

Topical links to Australian music-related items elsewhere on the internet.

Simone Young's PGH address online by Australian Music Centre

Conductor Simone Young's 2010 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address is now online in its entirety on the New Music Network website. Young presented the 12th annual PGH address in Sydney and Melbourne in August. In her address, titled 'music in the age of soundbites', Young called for a debate about quality and excellence, and talked about the challenges faced by artists and art organisations in the era of the 24-hour news cycle.

Composer and Performer News August 2010 by Australian Music Centre

Recent news from Natalie Williams, Peter McNamara, Kate Moore, John Bostock, Wendy Hiscocks, Roger Smalley, the pianist Zubin Kanga and the violinist Kristian Winther.

New book on directing choirs by Tony Backhouse by Australian Music Centre

Tony Backhouse's much awaited book Freeing the song - an approach to directing vocal groups is now available through the AMC Shop. Freeing the song is invaluable reading for anyone singing in a choir, intending to start one and looking for some pointers on how to go about it, or anyone already running one (amateur to semi-professional, school to community choir) and looking for trouble-shooting advice or some fresh ideas to enliven choir warm-ups.

New CDs at the AMC Shop - August 2010 by Australian Music Centre

New CD releases available through the AMC Shop. AMC members get a 10% discount!

Australian radio art broadcast in the UK by Australian Music Centre

In September and October the London airwaves will become electrified with Australian radio art. Resonance 104.4FM (online at http://resonancefm.com) will broadcast an on-air festival of Australian music 'Frequenzy Oz', curated by Colin Black.

Brett Dean's Bliss in Edinburgh and Hamburg by Australian Music Centre

The European premiere of Brett Dean and Amanda Holden's opera Bliss will take place on Thursday 3 September at Edinburgh Festival. 

Kats-Chernin's Santa Cruz diary on NewMusicBox by Australian Music Centre

American Music Center's web magazine NewMusicBox has published an online diary by Elena Kats-Chernin, documenting her experiences during the annual Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California, in August 2010. Kats-Chernin's work Heaven is closed was performed in the final concert of the festival, conducted by Marin Alsop.

New releases at the AMC Shop - September 2010 by Australian Music Centre

New CD releases available through the AMC Shop. AMC members get a 10% discount!

Music in the news - September 2010 by Australian Music Centre

Topical links to Australian music-related items elsewhere on the internet: Ben Eltham, Marshall McGuire, Marcus Westbury, Richard Gill... [Updated 20 September.]

MP3 downloads and digital library loans at AMC Online by Australian Music Centre

From September 2010, the Australian Music Centre has added MP3 downloads and digital library loans to its ever-increasing selection of online services. Over 1,400 works are available on the AMC website for purchase as high-quality MP3 files, including the entire catalogues of our represented artists featured on Move Records and Tall Poppies.

Digital library loans are a new membership benefit - over 6,500 works are now available as printable PDF perusal scores for immediate download.

Composer forum presented by Liza Lim by Australian Music Centre

Composer Liza Lim returns to Australia to present a series of insightful masterclass, workshop and public forum sessions. Organised by the New Music Network in Perth (27 November), Sydney (29 November) and Melbourne (2 December), the forum consists of a composition masterclass, a composition workshop and a public lecture.

Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition - deadline 31 October by Australian Music Centre

Entries for the Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition 2010 close on 31 October 2010.

Stuart Greenbaum and The Parrot Factory by Australian Music Centre

Stuart Greenbaum talks about his new opera The Parrot Factory, composed to the libretto by Ross Baglin. The world premiere of this opera, written for a young cast of 16-25-year-olds, will take place in Melbourne on 1 October.

Trans-Tasman residency for Michael Norris by Australian Music Centre

New Zealand composer Michael Norris has been selected as the 2011 Trans-Tasman Composer Residency Exchange participant.

2011 APRA Professional Development Awards - submissions deadline 29 November by Australian Music Centre

The APRA Professional Development Awards 2011 are open for submissions - these awards are given to eight emerging songwriters and composers across six categories: popular contemporary, country, jazz, classical, film and television, and Indigenous.

Montsalvat artist-in-residence program - application deadline 8 November by Australian Music Centre

Montsalvat residencies are open for applications from Australian and international artists.

Percy Grainger Museum reopened by Australian Music Centre

The Grainger Museum in Melbourne has reopened following a period of major works to preserve the historic building and upgrade its facilities for visitors, staff and the collection. From Sunday 17 October, visitors have again been able to tour the extensive collection that documents the life and times and interests of Percy Grainger, including a new suite of exhibits but together by the Museum's curators.

New releases at the AMC Shop - October 2010 by Australian Music Centre

New CD releases available through the AMC Shop. AMC members get a 10% discount!

2011 Art Music Awards - call for nominations by Australian Music Centre

The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre are pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2011 Australian Art Music Awards, to be held in Sydney in May 2011.

Composer & performer notes October 2010 by Australian Music Centre

Our regular news bulletin from the composing & performing world.

Applications for 2011 APRA Professional Development Awards close soon by Australian Music Centre

The APRA Professional Development Awards 2011 are open for submissions until 29 November - these awards are given to eight emerging songwriters and composers across six categories: popular contemporary, country, jazz, classical, film and television, and Indigenous.

Award news: Melbourne Music Prize and Heinze Award by Australian Music Centre

The Melbourne Prize for Music 2010 has been awarded to Melbourne-based drummer and percussionist David Jones. Conductor Benjamin Northey received the Outstanding Musicians Award ($30,000), and pianist and composer Natalie Bartsch won the $13,000 Development Award. The recipient of the 2010 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award for 'outstanding contribution to music in Australia' was also announced in November. The award went to composer, violist and conductor Brett Dean.

James Murdoch (1930-2010) by Australian Music Centre

James Murdoch (1930-2010) passed away on his beloved island of Bali on 25 October 2010. Murdoch had a distinguished international career in the arts. He contributed to Australian music life in multiple roles, including as music consultant, manager, administrator and writer...

New HSC lists now online by Australian Music Centre

The Australian Music Centre has the biggest collection of scores, recordings and analytical materials relating to the HSC Music 2 mandatory topic Music of the Last 25 Years (Australian focus). Our dedicated HSC web page has just been updated with the latest information for students to find repertoire and for teachers to develop their lesson plans.

James Murdoch remembered by Australian Music Centre

Elisabeth Silsbury, Jenny Vogel, Prue Neidorf, Gordon Kerry, Mary Vallentine, Shane Simpson, Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe, Robyn Holmes, Justin MacDonnell and Patrick Thomas remember James Murdoch (1930-2010). We invite you to add your own recollections in the comments section after the article. [Updated 25 November]

Music in the news - November 2010 by Australian Music Centre

Topical links to Australian music-related items elsewhere on the internet.

Leah Curtis wins at Hollywood Music and Media Awards by Australian Music Centre

Leah Curtis's music 'Salamun Salam' for the film To Rest in Peace has won the Best World Music award in the annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards. Curtis was also nominated for Best Original Score (Indie, Short or Documentary).

Two Screen Music Awards for Christopher Gordon by Australian Music Centre

Christopher Gordon's music for Bruce Beresford's film Mao's Last Dancer has won the Best Soundtrack Album and the Best Feature Film Score awards in this year's Screen Music Awards.

Ian Cugley (1945-2010) by Australian Music Centre

Australian-born composer Ian Cugley passed away on 4 November in the UK. A former student of Peter Sculthorpe, Cugley came to prominence through his 1960s orchestral works Pan, the Lake and Prelude for orchestra. Prior to his move to the UK in the 1980s, he was active in Tasmania where he composed, taught music and computing at the University of Tasmania, and worked as a percussionist. [Updated 25 November]

New releases at the AMC Shop - November 2010 by Australian Music Centre

New CD releases available through the AMC Shop. AMC members get a 10% discount!

Speak Percussion's Emerging Artists program by Australian Music Centre

Speak Percussion’s Emerging Artists Program gets underway in Melbourne on Monday 6 December with a five-day Creative Development Week' culminating in a workshop performance on Friday 10 December at 6pm at VCA Secondary School. A rehearsal period and final performance of the new works created takes place in April 2011.

Podcast and iPad App of Helen Gifford's opera Exile by Australian Music Centre

Helen Gifford and Richard Meredith's opera Exile - also known as Iphigenia in Exile - will be available as an mp3 download in its entirety this December through ABC Classic FM's AMU podcast series. On 10 December, Exile will also be launched as an iPad Application, co-produced by ChamberMade Opera and Aphids.

Boojum! in Chicago by Australian Music Centre

Martin and Peter Wesley-Smith's musical Boojum! Nonsense, Truth and Lewis Carroll is currently being performed to enthusiastic audiences in Chicago. A co-production of the Chicago Opera Vanguard and Caffeine Theater, Boojum! will be performed 23 times in all. Boojum! has been receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews by the local media and theatre bloggers alike.

Speak Percussion's Emerging Artists speak for themselves by Australian Music Centre

The participants in Speak Percussion's Emerging Artists Program for composers and percussionists jotted down their impressions immediately after an action-packed Creative Development Week in December. In the Emerging Artists Program, a mentor and peer supported each young composer in creating sketches for a new composition that was workshopped during the week. A rehearsal period and final performances of the resulting new works will take place in April 2011.

Christmas opening hours by Australian Music Centre

The Australian Music Centre closes its doors for Christmas at 12noon on 24 December. The Centre reopens after holidays on Tuesday 4 January.

The staff and the Board of the AMC wish all AMC members, customers and collaborators a happy festive season.

Australian artists to be invited to a residency in the AlloSphere by Australian Music Centre

The Australia Council is inviting Australian musicians, sound artists and media artists working in sound to apply for a three-month residency in the AlloSphere at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

2011 Australia Day Honours: Roger Smalley and Lindsay Aked by Australian Music Centre

These include, among others, Emeritus Professor Roger Smalley (AM) for his service to the arts as a composer, concert pianist, educator, mentor for emerging musicians and an advocate for Australian and international new music, Lindsay Aked (1930-2010, OAM), for his service to music as a composer, educator, organist, and choirmaster.

National Library of Australia call for Sutherland tributes, programs and memorabilia by Australian Music Centre

The National Library of Australia is seeking help in collecting current and retrospective Dame Joan Sutherland (1926-2010) memorabilia.

ArtStart grants for recent art graduates by Australian Music Centre

Applications for the next batch of ArtStart grants are now open for recent creative art graduates to help fund their new arts business and launch their artistic career. Applications for the first round in 2011 close on 2 March.

Celebrating Grainger 2011 by Australian Music Centre

Fifty years after his death, Percy Grainger is emerging as one of the most revolutionary cultural figures of the 20th century. On 17-20 February 2011, Grainger will be celebrated at London's Kings Place concert centre with a weekend festival of as many as 120 works and an impressive line-up of performers. The festival program will also include a seminar with live and recorded music and commentary from international Grainger experts, organised on the exact anniversary of Grainger's death on 20 February.

2011 ISCM World New Music in Zagreb: Australian works selected by Australian Music Centre

Matthew Hindson's Crime and Punishment (2010) for double bass and strings will be performed at the 2011 ISCM World New Music Days in Zagreb, Croatia, in April. Also performed will be a new work Manifesto pour la paix for solo saxophone and ensemble by Katia Beaugeais (NSW), winner of the 2010 ISCM/IAMIC Young Composers Award.

24 new represented artists at the AMC by Australian Music Centre

Following the completion of the latest round of applications, 24 composers and sound artists have joined the ranks of the AMC's represented artists.

Clive Douglas - a new biography by Australian Music Centre

Composer and conductor Clive Douglas (1903-1977) occupied a crucial position for thirty years as a staff conductor for the Australian Broadcasting Commission. He championed the music of his fellow Australian composers and was himself among the first to integrate Indigenous Australian music to traditional Western music in a series of orchestral works and operas.

A new biography, released this March by Wirripang and written by Douglas's daughter Lynne Gavin Douglas, documents Douglas's career and includes an accompanying CD with digitally remastered recordings of his compositions Carwoola (1939), Kaditcha, Corroboree (1938) and Namatjira (1956).

New releases at the AMC Shop - May-June 2011 by Australian Music Centre

For more new releases, and a list of our top-selling CDs, please visit the AMC Shop. AMC members receive a 10% discount on all purchases - find out more about membership.

Art Music Awards: record number of nominations lodged by Australian Music Centre

The 2011 Art Music Awards, presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre, have attracted a record number of entries for 2011.

Seven composers participate in MODART 2011 workshops by Australian Music Centre

Seven young composers are currently attending the first MODART workshops for 2011 in Sydney. This year is the 5th edition of the biennial professional development program, initiated by The Song Company and the Australian Music Centre.

The participating composers in 2011 are Leah Barclay (Brisbane), Tristan Coelho (Sydney), Annie Hsieh (Melbourne), Ekrem Mülayim (Turkey/Sydney), Timothy Tate (Brisbane), Demian Galindo (Mexico) and Alex van den Broek (NZ).

Reminder: TSO Composers' School applications close this Friday by Australian Music Centre

Applications for the 2011 Symphony Australia TSO Composers' School close this Friday 18 March. A week of compositional training with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will take place in Hobart in July.

Peter McNamara wins a Dutch commission by Australian Music Centre

Peter McNamara is one of four young composers to receive a commission as a result of the yearly competition organised by the Dutch new music ensemble Orkest de Ereprijs. McNamara gets to write a work for the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands (NJO).

Jean Bogan prizes to Ian Munro and Chris Williams by Australian Music Centre

The 2010 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition has been awarded to Ian Munro for his work Letter to a Friend, and the inaugural Jean Bogan Youth Prize to Chris Williams.

Film Critics' Circle awards Cezary Skubiszewski by Australian Music Centre

Composer Cezary Skubiszewski has been granted a Special Acknowledgement Award for his continued contribution to Australian cinema at the annual Film Critics' Circle Awards. The awards ceremony was held in Sydney on Sunday 13 March.

Cezary Skubiszewski also won the Best Music Score for his music in the film Bran Nue Dae. Skubiszewski was nominated together with Mary Finsterer, Antony Partos & Sam Petty, and Michael Yezerski.

Composer & performer news - March 2011 by Australian Music Centre

Our regular news bulletin from the composing/performing world - featuring Cat Hope and the Decibel ensemble, David Lumsdaine, Ian Munro, Lee Bracegirdle, Topology and ELISION, among others.

Call for papers - Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference by Australian Music Centre

Tura New Music and WAAPA@ECU invite proposals for formal papers, lecture-performances, artist talks, master-classes, and panels of three or four papers for the 2011 Totally Huge New Music Festival Conference. The conference will be organised in Perth, Western Australia, on 16-18 September 2011.

New Music Network 2011 concert series by Australian Music Centre

In 2011, the ever-expanding New Music Network concert series takes place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Ballarat, Canberra, Campbelltown, Tasmania and Pomona. The Network is a collective of contemporary music ensembles, sound artists and organisations from around the country, and the range of venues in 2011 - from the Melbourne Recital Centre to the suburban loungeroom - aptly reflects the variety of musicians and works involved...

Art Music Awards - get ready to celebrate by Australian Music Centre

APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) are proud to announce details of the inaugural Art Music Awards, to be held on Tuesday 3 May at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay. The Art Music Awards is the only program that specifically honours Australia’s outstanding talent in contemporary classical, jazz and experimental music.

The 2011 Art Music Awards have attracted a record number of about 200 entries from AMC and APRA members. Shortlists of the finalists will be made public in April.

Opportunity: Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition by Australian Music Centre

Australian composers under the age of 30 are invited to submit scores for the Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition. The competition forms part of the 29th Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference in Taipei, Taiwan, 26 November - 3 December 2011.

APRA Professional Development Awards to Alex Pozniak and Timothy Stevens by Australian Music Centre

Sydney-based composer Alex Pozniak has won one of eight APRA Professional Development Awards for Australian songwriters and composers. Pozniak, who is also known as the artistic director of the chronology arts organisation, receives his award in the Classical category of the PDAs. The Jazz award went to Melbourne-based Timothy Stevens, known as the leader of his own trio, featuring his original compositions as well as improvisation.

Opportunity: cellist John Addison's workshop for composers by Australian Music Centre

Cellist John Addison is running a weekend workshop on 20-22 May for composers, focusing on writing for the cello. The workshop program covers all aspects of cello technique, starting from the traditional and working its way through the innovations of the 20th century to specific 21st-century techniques developed by Addison himself.

Art Music Awards 2011 - finalists announced by Australian Music Centre

Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) are proud to announce the finalists for the inaugural Art Music Awards to be held at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay on Tuesday, May 3rd. The Art Music Awards play a critical role in acknowledging the achievements of performers and composers in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music.

The finalists across the nine categories are a distinguished list of both established and emerging artists, covering composition, performance, and outstanding contributions by individuals and organisations in Australian music, music education and music in a regional area.

New appointments to the Music Board by Australian Music Centre

Composer, arranger and pianist Johannes Luebbers (WA) and media artist and composer Lawrence English (QLD) have been appointed members of the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Art Music Awards 2011 - Distinguished Services Award to Hopkins and Thomas by Australian Music Centre

The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) are delighted to release names of the recipients of the Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music. In 2011, this award will be shared between two outstanding and inspiring members of the Australian music community, conductors John Hopkins OBE and Patrick Thomas MBE. The recipients of this Award were determined by the Board of Directors of APRA and the AMC.

The awards ceremony will be held at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay next Tuesday, 3 May 2011.

Belinda Webster wins the Don Banks Award by Australian Music Centre

The Australia Council Don Banks Music Award 2011 has been awarded to Belinda Webster, OAM, for her outstanding contribution to Australian music.

Art Music Awards ceremony : 2011 photo gallery by Australian Music Centre

The gala event held at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay on Tuesday 3rd May 2011 honoured winners across nine national categories and seven State Awards, spanning performance, composition, outstanding contributions to Australian music by individuals and organisations, music education and regional music. An additional Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music, as determined by the Board of Directors of APRA and the AMC, was also presented. The Awards were hosted by Julian Morrow of ABC TV's The Chaser, and featured live performances from a selection of Award finalists including Paul Stanhope, Johannes Luebbers Dectet, Ensemble Offspring, Clocked Out and an installation work by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey.

Winners of the inaugural Art Music Awards announced by Australian Music Centre

Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) have announced the winners of the inaugural Art Music Awards, the only national event in Australia to acknowledge the enormous achievement and creative successes of Australian performers and composers in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music.

The gala event held at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay on Tuesday 3rd May 2011 honoured winners across nine national categories and seven State Awards, spanning performance, composition, outstanding contributions to Australian music by individuals and organisations, music education and regional music. An additional Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music, as determined by the Board of Directors of APRA and the AMC, was also presented.

2011 Bell Awards - Gould, Mike Nock Trio, AAO, Luebbers by Australian Music Centre

The Australian jazz community gathered in Melbourne's Plaza Ballroom last night to recognise outstanding musicians - based on albums and performances from 2010 - at the annual Australian Jazz Bell Awards. A highlight of the evening was the induction of jazz legend Tony Gould into the Qantas Hall of Fame. The 2011 winners also include the Mike Nock Trio, Australian Art Orchestra/Young Wagilak Group (Best Australian Jazz Ensemble) and Johannes Luebbers (Young Australian Jazz Artist of The Year).

Opportunity: Sydney Symphony Composition Prize by Australian Music Centre

To celebrate their 80th anniversary year in 2012, the Sydney Symphony has launched a composition competition for new orchestral works. The SSO invites composers to submit new, previously unperformed orchestral compositions of a maximum duration of 10 minutes for large orchestra. Submitted works should in some way celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Sydney Symphony in 1932 and take inspiration from other anniversaries in 2012 (Sydney Harbour Bridge and the ABC).

New releases at the AMC Shop - February 2011 by Australian Music Centre

For more new releases, and a list of our top-selling CDs, please visit the AMC Shop. AMC members receive a 10% discount on all purchases - find out more about membership.

ISCM World Music Days 2012 - call for works by Australian Music Centre

The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is seeking works for its 2012 World Music Days in Brussels, Belgium (25 October-4 November 2012). As the Australian Section of the ISCM, the Australian Music Centre is calling for works to include in their Official submission. The deadline for the Australian section is 1 July 2011.

Suntory Hall commission for Julian Yu by Australian Music Centre

Julian Yu is the featured composer in the 2011 Suntory Hall International Program for Music Composition in Tokyo, Japan. As part of the program, founded by Toru Takemitsu in 1986, Yu has been commissioned to write an orchestral piece for a performance by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra on 25 August. The concert, conducted by Kazuki Yamada, will be dedicated to Julian Yu's orchestral music. There will also be a concert of Yu's chamber music on 30 August.

16 new represented artists at the AMC by Australian Music Centre

The Australian Music Centre is pleased to welcome 16 new represented artists to our ranks: congratulations to Paul-Antoni Bonetti (Qld); Lisa Cheney (Qld); Louise Denson (Qld); Luke Harrald (SA ; Roger Heagney (Vic); Annie Hsieh (Vic); Peter Knight (Vic); Jo Kotchie (WA); Jonathan Little (overseas); Caerwen Martin (Vic); Nicholas Ng (Qld); Adam Starr (Vic); Jason Sweeney (SA); Tom Vincent (Tas); Andrew Yencken (Vic); and Jonathan Zwartz (NSW).

New music resource kit: Dance with Nature - the chamber music of Ross Edwards by Australian Music Centre

The AMC's new music resource kit, Dance with Nature - the chamber music of Ross Edwards by Philip Cooney, has been especially designed for secondary and tertiary level study. Activities have been prepared for seven short works by Edwards: Binyang (clarinet and percussion), Marimba Dances, More Marimba Dances, Ecstatic Dance II (flute duet), Water Spirit Song (cello), Etymalong (piano) and Piano Trio.

Queen's Birthday honours 2011 by Australian Music Centre

The 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours list has recognised a number of Australians for their services to music.

Opportunity: residency in Paris by Australian Music Centre

The Australia Council’s Music Board is inviting applications to its Paris residency opportunity. This three-month residency at the Australia Council’s residential studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris provides a professional music artist or artsworker the chance to undertake a period of professional development, with the support of a $10,000 living and travel allowance.

City of London Festival focuses on Australia by Australian Music Centre

The 2011 City of London Festival (26 June - 16 July) showcases music from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. The festival is known for its unique venues, including some of London's lesser-known historic churches and halls. In addition to music, the festival presents visual arts, films, walks and talks.

New music resource kit: Music in a frame (Ann Carr-Boyd) by Australian Music Centre

This kit by Frank O'Brien, dedicated to the work of Ann Carr-Boyd, will introduce secondary and tertiary music students to the way in which a composer germinates the initial seed of composition, develops these ideas using the concepts of music, appropriates and transforms existing musical ideas and styles, arranges original themes from one form to another...

Carl Vine on his new concerto and the boundless energy of the AYO by Australian Music Centre

In July, 90 or so young classical musicians of the Australian Youth Orchestra will take the stage at the Sydney Opera House. The AYO will perform three concerts as part of the Sydney Symphony's Meet the Music series, with SSO's concertmaster Dene Olding as their soloist for a new violin concerto by Carl Vine. The composer talks about his concerto in this interview, originally published in the Fortissimo magazine by Faber Music and reproduced here by permission.

ISCM World Music Days Festivals 2012 - 2014 – call for works deadlines by Australian Music Centre

As the Australian Section of the ISCM, the Australian Music Centre is currently reviewing submissions lodged at AMC to determine the section’s official submission for the 2012 World Music Days in Brussels, Belgium (25 October - 4 November 2012). The selection of works for the ISCM Australian Section submission will be made in good time for those composers not included to consider lodging as an individuals by 1 August. The deadlines for the call for works for ISCM World Music Days festivals in 2013 (in Austria/Slovakia) and 2014 (in Worclaw, Poland) have also been announced.

Matt Keegan wins Freedman fellowship by Australian Music Centre

Saxophonist/composer Matt Keegan has been awarded the 2011 MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Jazz. The announcement was made on Friday night (8 July 2011) in a concert showcasing the four finalists: Matt Keegan, Tom O'Halloran (piano/composer), Ben Vanderwal (drums) and John Parker (drums). Parker was a last-minute substitute for Evan Mannell, who withdrew for family reasons and will automatically be a finalist in 2012

Eric Gross (1926-2011) by Australian Music Centre

Composer Eric Gross died peacefully on Sunday 17 April at his home in Sydney. He was 84. Gross's compositions include two symphonies (completed in 1967 and 1980), vocal and choral works, a one-act opera The Amorous Judge, a piano concerto, concertos for mandolin, oboe, violin, trombone, and numerous chamber works and solo pieces.

Composer & performer news July 2011 by Australian Music Centre

Our regular news bulletin from the composing/performing world - featuring Georges Lentz, Peter Knight, Claire Edwardes, Andrew Ford, Wendy Hiscocks, Stephen Leek, Peter Sculthorpe, and Andrián Pertout, among others.

Eugene Ughetti wins Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music by Australian Music Centre

The Music Council of Australia and the Freedman Foundation have announced Melbourne percussionist Eugene Ughetti as the winner of the 2011 Music Council of Australia /Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music. The Fellowship carries a cash prize of $15,000.

ASQ National Composers' Forum 2011 - participants and commissions by Australian Music Centre

The Australian String Quartet has received 33 compositions from emerging Australian composers in response to its call for submissions for the National Composers’ Forum on 12-14 August.

Faber titles by Boyd, Hindson, Sculthorpe, Smalley & Vine now through the AMC by Australian Music Centre

Faber sheet music is now available to purchase through the Australian Music Centre, making the work of Boyd, Hindson, Sculthorpe, Smalley and Vine more accessible to Australian music enthusiasts.

Cultural policy discussion paper available for comment by Australian Music Centre

Members of the arts and cultural community, as well as the population at large, are invited to comment on a cultural policy discussion paper made available by the Office for the Arts. The aim is to develop a new National Cultural Policy for Australia.

MODART 2011 concerts on Cockatoo Island by Australian Music Centre

This year’s MODART - a gathering of seven emerging composers and The Song Company - will be held on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour at the beginning of October. The two concerts on 1 and 2 October at 2:30pm are a culmination of the program which began with initial workshops in May.

Nominations open for the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards by Australian Music Centre

Nominations are now open for the 2011 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards. The Awards recognise past achievement, and consideration is also given to the potential of an individual or group to continue their contribution to Australian society through the performing arts. Nominations close on Friday 18 November 2011.

Maggs Composition Award to Katy Abbott by Australian Music Centre

Katy Abbott is the recipient of the 2011 Albert H Maggs Award for Composition. This award has been given annually since 1967 and comes in the form of a commission. Abbott will write a new work for performance in 2012-13.

Smetanin, McNamara and Moore at the Gaudeamus Music Week by Australian Music Centre

Works by Australian composers Michael Smetanin, Peter McNamara, and Kate Moore are included in the program for the Gaudeamus Music Week 2011 in Utrecht, the Netherlands (4-11 September).

A new education resource: Four Songs from 'Dead Songs' (Schultz) by Australian Music Centre

The AMC's new music resource kit, Four Songs from 'Dead Songs' by Andrew Schultz includes exercises and composition activities designed to introduce to students some key concepts from intertextuality to extended techniques.

Works by Crossman and Myers at the ACL festival in Taiwan by Australian Music Centre

Works by four Australian composers - Bruce Crossman, Peter Myers, Simon Charles and Holly Harrison - are included in the program of the 29th Asian Composers League conference and festival in Taiwan (26 November-3 December 2011).

Stephen Stanfield (1966-2011) by Australian Music Centre

The Brisbane-based composer and music educator Stephen Stanfield (b. 1966) has died at the age of 45 on 13 September 2011. Stanfield was known as an inspirational teacher and colleague, and a composer with broad musical interests. As such he was also in demand as a music director and convenor of events. Most recently Stanfield had been undertaking doctoral studies at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University...

Soundstream Collective - the new ensemble in South Australia by Australian Music Centre

The new ensemble-in-residence at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, the Soundstream Collective, will have its inaugural concert in Adelaide on 30 September. Created under the auspices of the J M Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, the Soundstream Collective is supported by a significant grant from the University of Adelaide to commission new works and to stage a series of eight public performances over the next two years.

New Music Network: PGH address & Mini-series by Australian Music Centre

This year's Peggy Glanville-Hicks address will be presented in Sydney and Melbourne by the artistic director of Opera Australia, baritone Lyndon Terracini, on the topic of 'Populism as Art and the Art of Populism'.
The New Music Network is also calling for proposals for their New Music Mini Series. Deadline for proposals is 30 November.

Scottish Chamber Orchestra premieres Kerry by Australian Music Centre

Gordon Kerry's new Flute Concerto is about to receive its first performance in Glasgow, performed by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, with Alison Mitchell as flute soloist and Olari Elts conducting. Kerry has also been announced as the featured composer of Musica Viva's International Concert Season 2012.

Composer & performer news September-October 2011 by Australian Music Centre

Our news bulletin from the composing/performing world - featuring Luke Styles, Jane Stanley, Daniel Blinkhorn, Brett Dean, Nirmali Fenn, Andrián Pertout, Gordon Kerry, Alicia Grant and Sandy Evans, among others.

Peggy Glanville-Hicks address by Lyndon Terracini by Australian Music Centre

This year's Peggy Glanville-Hicks address was presented in Sydney and Melbourne by the artistic director of Opera Australia, baritone Lyndon Terracini, on the topic of 'Populism as Art and the Art of Populism'. The address is now available in its entirety on the Opera Australia website

MCA open letter: the state of music education by Australian Music Centre

The Music Council of Australia has published an open letter to the Australian community, expressing its concerns about the state of music education in public and Catholic schools, especially at primary school level.

Australia Council fellowship to Genevieve Lacey by Australian Music Centre

Recorder player Genevieve Lacey has been granted a two-year fellowship to research and create new collaborative works for her instrument. Four project fellowships of $25,000 each went to David Chisholm, Lucas Abela, Joseph Tawadros and Katie Noonan. Artist development grant recipients included the AMC's associate artists Rae Howell and Toby Wren.

Glanville-Hicks's Sappho to be premiered in 2012 by Australian Music Centre

Peggy Glanville-Hicks's opera Sappho (1965) may soon be heard in all its glory, thanks to the efforts of the 28-year-old Australian-born conductor Jennifer Condon. Condon, who lives and works in Germany, has been in Australia recently, raising awareness and funds for the performance and the recording of Sappho in Lisbon, Portugal, in July 2012.

Lincoln Center's Stoeger Prize to Brett Dean by Australian Music Centre

Composer Brett Dean has won a major American chamber music prize. The US$ 25,000 Elise L. Stoeger Prize is awarded every two years by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, NY, in recognition of significant contributions to chamber music composition.

Look out for MODART podcasts by Australian Music Centre

ABC Classic FM is podcasting this year's MODART works on five consecutive Wednesdays - the first two podcasts with Tristan Coelho's and Annie Hsieh's works are already available as part of ABC Classic FM's AMU podcast.

Opportunity: APRA Tropscore 2012 by Australian Music Centre

Short film festival Tropfest and APRA have announced the fourth APRA Tropscore competition, calling for musicians, composers, bands and artists to produce a musical score or synch for a short film clip provided by Tropfest.

AMC's Christmas & New Year opening hours by Australian Music Centre

The AMC closes for holidays on Friday 23 December at 2pm and reopens in the new year on Tuesday 3 January at 10am. Orders received over the holidays will be processed as soon as possible from 3 January.

Opportunity: GENERATE music industry investment program by Australian Music Centre

A pilot program by the Federal Government and the music industry, GENERATE, is looking to invest in music-related businesses or business ideas. The program will provide business-development skills and mentoring and access to seed investment of up to $30,000 for up to 15 enterprises.

Resonate's summer reading list (Scoop.it) by Australian Music Centre

For all your summer reading needs, we have compiled a scoop.it selection of interesting and intriguing Resonate articles. Simply follow the headline links back to Resonate to read the articles in full. Of course you can also browse our archives of Resonate features, blog articles and news.

Opportunity: Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition 2012 by Australian Music Centre

Australian composers under the age of 30 are invited to submit scores for the Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition. The competition forms part of the 30th Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, 14-20 October 2012.

Opportunity: Inter-arts residencies by Australian Music Centre

Artists working in interdisciplinary and hybrid arts are invited to develop proposals for professional development residencies in Australia or internationally. Grants of up to $20,000 are available to artists and groups to support a residency, including artist fees, travel and production costs.

New members of the Australia Council music board by Australian Music Centre

Pianist and festival director Gabriella Smart (SA), and singer-songwriter and guitarist Deborah Conway (VIC) have been appointed members of the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Opportunity: Broadband Arts Initiative by Australian Music Centre

The Australia Council invites expressions of interest from artists, groups and organisations for ambitious arts projects which showcase the cultural potential of the National Broadband Network. Expressions of interest for the Broadband Arts Initiative are due to the Australia Council by 15 February 2012. Funding of up to $100,000 is available for individual projects - the total funding pool for the initiative is $300,000.

Tintner Fellowship to James Wade by Australian Music Centre

Melbourne-based composer James Wade, 32, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Hephzibah Tintner Fellowship. The $40 000 fellowship is awarded by the Hephzibah Tintner Foundation 'to young people with the potential to contribute significantly to the cultural and artistic life of Australia'.

Julian Yu and Damian Barbeler at the 2012 Four Winds Festival by Australian Music Centre

The Four Winds festival takes place in Bermaqui on 6-8 April 2012 with the theme 'Music that Soars'. The program includes five world premieres - we asked two of the composers, Damian Barbeler and Julian Yu, to tell us about their new works.

Carl Vine wins Bernard Heinze Memorial Award by Australian Music Centre

Carl Vine has won the 2012 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award, presented annually by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Friends of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) for 'outstanding contribution to music in Australia'. Vine received his award on Saturday (18 February) during the MSO's concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne.

ISCM World New Music Days 2014 by Australian Music Centre

The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is seeking works for its 2014 World New Music Days in Wrocław, Poland (3-12 October 2014).

Interactive: the Australasian Computer Music Conference 2012 by Australian Music Centre

Deadline of proposals for the Australasian Computer Music Conference is approaching fast - the Australasian Computer Music Association is calling for proposals of concert works, installations, research papers and poster presentations for the annual gathering of those interested in digital and electronic music from Australia and New Zealand. Deadline is 27 February.

Date announced for Art Music Awards by Australian Music Centre

The premier event of the new music year, the 2012 Art Music Awards, will be held on Tuesday, 3 April at the Playhouse Theatre of the Sydney Opera House. The Awards, presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre, are promising to be a particularly special occasion this year, with the introduction of the new Award for Excellence in Jazz, and a widely respected curator of the evening's live performance program, Marshall McGuire.

Rosalie Bonighton (1946-2011) by Australian Music Centre

The AMC notes with sadness the death of composer Rosalie Bonighton. She passed away on 21 December 2011 at the St John of God hospital in her home town of Ballarat, surrounded by family and friends.

Composer & performer news January 2012 by Australian Music Centre

Our bulletin from the composing/performing world - news, new releases, links to reviews, and other articles. Featuring Kate Moore, Garth Paine, David Chesworth, Mike Nock, Paul Terracini, Felix Werder, George Dreyfus, and others.

Australia Council review - take part in online survey by Australian Music Centre

People from across all art forms and industry groups are invited to take part in an online survey, launched last week as part of the independent review of the Australia Council. The aim of the survey is to identify a broad range of views about the relevance and the support the agency has provided to the arts, culture and creative industries.

ANAM's Australian Voices series: profile concerts of 8 composers by Australian Music Centre

The Australian National Academy of Music continues its impressive Australian Voices concert series in 2012. There will be eight composer profile concerts, with music by Nigel Westlake (13 March) , George F Boyle (3 April), Liza Lim (8 May), Gerard Brophy (12 June), James Ledger (14 August), Andrew Schultz (16 October) and Miriam Hyde (14 November).

Sydney Symphony 80th anniversary composition prize to Elliott Gyger by Australian Music Centre

Sydney Symphony has announced the winner of their 80th anniversary composition prize: Elliott Gyger's work on air: dialogue for orchestra will be performed in three concerts at the Sydney Opera House on 22-24 March, conducted by the orchestra's principal conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy.

ISCM World Music Days 2012 - Australian works selected by Australian Music Centre

Clare Maclean's work Agnus Dei for mixed choir,  Benjamin Thorn's carillon work Bell Play, and Daniel Blinkhorn's electroacoustic work Anthozoa will be performed at the 2012 ISCM World Music Days festival in Belgium.

APRA workshop 15 March: Songwriter Speaks - Jazz in focus by Australian Music Centre

Author and journalist Miriam Zolin will be joined by singer and composer Tina Harrod and pianist, composer and producer Stuart Hunter to discuss their influences, methods, experiences and highlights that have shaped their careers in the Australian jazz scene and beyond.

This APRA workshop is a fantastic opportunity to learn from some of our most experienced jazz musicians. The workshop, followed by refreshments, will take place at APRA|AMCOS (16 Mountain St, Ultimo) at 6-7:30pm on Thursday 15 March.

Featured video: Speak Percussion & Pateras's Refractions by Australian Music Centre

Featured video February 2012: Speak Percussion perform Refractions by Anthony Pateras. Performed at MONA FOMA, Hobart, January 2011. Conductor: Eugene Ughetti.

Video by Sabina Maselli (YouTube).

Finalists for 2012 Art Music Awards by Australian Music Centre

The list of finalists of the 2012 Art Music Awards, made public today, includes composers and artists from the emerging to the established - from Daniel Blinkhorn and Andrea Keller to Paul Stanhope, Clare Maclean, Nigel Westlake and Peter Sculthorpe. The Awards ceremony, emceed by the Australian jazz trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist James Morrison, will be held on Tuesday 3 April at the Playhouse Theatre, Sydney Opera House.

Opportunity: David Harold Tribe Symphony Award by Australian Music Centre

Brisbane-born writer David Harold Tribe has initiated an awards program with the University of Sydney, with a $12,000 Symphony Award announced for 2012, created to promote interest in musical composition, encourage the writing of music in Australia and to help and give incentive to emerging and established composers nationwide.

Composer & performer news December 2011 by Australian Music Centre

Our news bulletin from the composing/performing world - featuring Christine McCombe, Ruth Lee Martin, Jonathan Little, Peter Knight, Mark Pollard, Kristian Ireland, Robin Fox, Paul Stanhope, and many others.

2012 Art Music Awards - winners by Australian Music Centre

The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) have announced the winners of the 2012 Art Music Awards. The gala event held at the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, on Tuesday 3 April 2012, honoured winners across ten national categories and in seven state awards.

Next Paul Lowin Prizes to be offered in 2013 by Australian Music Centre

Following recent discussions between the AMC and Perpetual, the Paul Lowin Prizes planned for 2012 will be deferred to 2013 due to the limited returns from investments held by the Trust. An announcement will be made in early 2013 calling for entries.

2012 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre

The Art Music Awards gala event held at the Playhouse, Sydney Opera House, on Tuesday 3 April 2012, honoured winners across ten national categories and in seven state awards. The comments below reflect the difficult task the judging panel members faced when choosing first the finalists and finally the winners from a considerable number of high-quality works. See also: '2012 Art Music Awards - winners' (news article on Resonate 4 April 2012.)

Butterley's work included in 'Sounds of Australia' by Australian Music Centre

Nigel Butterley’s work In the Head the Fire (1966) is among the ten recordings recently added to the National Film and Sound Archive’s 'Sounds of Australia' registry, Arts Minister Peter Garrett announced earlier this week. The first Australian classical composition to win the Prix Italia, In the Head the Fire has been described as 'a piece of unmistakable importance both for its composer’s output and for Australian music as a whole' (Elliot Gyger in his article in 2008).

Art Music Awards 2012 - Distinguished Services Award to Peter Sculthorpe by Australian Music Centre

Composer Peter Sculthorpe will receive the award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music at the 2012 Art Music Awards, held at the Playhouse Theatre, Sydney Opera House next Tuesday (3 April 2012).

Don Banks Award to Jon Rose by Australian Music Centre

The Australia Council Don Banks Music Award will be presented tonight to Jon Rose for his outstanding and continued contribution to Australian music. For nearly four decades, Rose has been at the sharp edge of new and improvised music in Australia. He is a violinist, instrument maker, software developer, composer, performer, provocateur and innovator. He has recorded a vast and impressive body of work and has performed and exhibited around the world.

10 new represented artists join the Australian Music Centre by Australian Music Centre

The AMC extends a warm welcome to its 10 new represented artists. Following completion of the latest round of applications, associate representation has been offered to Leah Barclay (Qld), Lyle Chan (NSW), Paul Dean (Vic), Graeme Denniss (Qld), David Kotlowy (SA), Daniel Masmanian (WA), Mark Oliveiro (NSW), Michal Rosiak (Qld) and Greg White (NSW). Pedagogical representation has been offered to Craig Ross (NSW).

Composer & performer news April 2012 by Australian Music Centre

Our bulletin from the composing/performing world: news, new releases, awards, commissions, reviews, and links to interesting articles elsewhere on the internet. Featuring Sarah Hopkins, Mary Finsterer, Anne Boyd, Matthew Hindson, Georges Lentz, Ros Bandt, Joseph Twist, Julian Yu, Andrew Ford, Alex Pozniak, Liza Lim, Brett Dean, Luke Styles, Daniel Blinkhorn, Cat Hope and Mike Nock, among others.

Bell Awards to Peter Knight and Andrea Keller Quartet by Australian Music Centre

Trumpeter-composer Peter Knight has won the 2012 Bell Award for the Most Original Jazz Album for Fish Boast Fishing, and the Andrea Keller Quartet has been awarded as the Best Australian Jazz Ensemble in this year's Jazz Bell Awards ceremony on 3 May 2012.

Felix Werder (1922-2012) by Australian Music Centre

Composer Felix Werder has died in Melbourne at the age of 90.

From opera to noise: Aurora Festival 2012 by Australian Music Centre

The Aurora Festival of Living Music will take over Sydney’s western suburbs over nine days next month (4-13 May). The festival program includes a rich variety of Australian works, including many premieres. The biennial Aurora festival, established by Matthew Hindson in 2006, is organised now for the fourth time.

Soundstream launches 2012 National Young Composers Award by Australian Music Centre

Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival has launched the 2012 National Young Composers' Award, open to Australian composers 30 years and under.

Gian Slater awarded Creative Australia Fellowship by Australian Music Centre

Melbourne-based jazz vocalist and composer, Gian Slater, has been awarded one of 6 Creative Australia Fellowships for young and emerging artists by the Australia Council.

New competition celebrates the past and future of concerto form by Australian Music Centre

The International Space Time Concerto Competition is a new competition with a total prize pool of $50,000.

Queen's Birthday Honours 2012 by Australian Music Centre

The 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours list has recognised a number of Australians for their services to music.

Music and Dance Initiative grants to Paine, Grandage and Ricketson by Australian Music Centre

Garth Paine, Iain Grandage and Damien Ricketson are among the grant recipients of the most recent round of the Music and Dance Initiative grants by the Australia Coundil for the Arts. This is the second year that the Dance and Music Boards have worked together to support innovative new dance and music projects through this initiative.

Graeme Bell 1914-2012 by Australian Music Centre

The Australian jazz world mourns the passing of a father figure - the legendary pianist, composer and bandleader Graeme Bell (1914-2012) passed away in Sydney on 13 June at the age of 97.

Liquid Architecture - Antarctic Convergence by Australian Music Centre

In 2012, the yearly Liquid Architecture sound art festival takes the form of a thematic event - for the first time after thirteen years of festivals. Curated by Lawrence English and Philip Samartzis, 'Antarctic Convergence' presents a range of Australian and international artists who have made works from first-hand encounters with this dangerous and sublime environment.

ISCM World New Music Days 2012 - 2014: Australian works by Australian Music Centre

The Australian ISCM Section's official submission for the ISCM World New Music Days 2014 in Wroclaw, Poland (3-12 October 2014) includes the following works: David  Kotlowy: Kaki-Lima; Andrea Keller: Affectations: Part III 'Angles'; Kate Neal: Concave City; Jane Stanley: Pentimenti; Dominik Karski: In Search of Certainty; David Young: The Minotaur Trilogy. At least one work from each official submission will be performed during the festival.

New print publications and CDs from the Australian Music Centre by Australian Music Centre

New CDs and print publications available from the AMC this winter.

Opportunity for young composers: Gondwana International Choral Composer School by Australian Music Centre

Applications are now open for the 2013 Gondwana International Choral Composer School (5-13 January 2013). The Composer School is directed by internationally acclaimed Australian choral composer Stephen Leek and is open to young people aged 15 – 21.

Purchase Sydney International Piano Competition works by Vine and Boyd by Australian Music Centre

Scores for the two Australian works commissioned as set works by the Sydney International Piano Competition 2012, Anne Boyd's Kabarli Meditation and Carl Vine's Toccatissimo, will be available for purchase following the completion of Stage III recitals on 10th July.

Opportunity: Albert H Maggs Composition Award by Australian Music Centre

Applications for the Albert H Maggs Composition Award close on Monday 13 August.

Featured video April 2012 - James Ledger (WASO) by Australian Music Centre

In 2012 Art Music Awards, the Performance of the Year was awarded to the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for its performance of James Ledger's Two Memorials (for Anton Webern and John Lennon). Ledger also received a special state award for this work (West Australia - Orchestral Work of the Year). In this video, recorded at a 'meet the artist' session in front of a live audience, James Ledger talks about his work. The interviewer is the WASO's executive director of artistic planning, Evan Kennea, and the talk took place after the world premiere of the work in Perth on 25 November 2011.

ASO's resident composers explore cross-culturalism with Tan Dun by Australian Music Centre

Six young composers are involved in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's composer residency program in 2012. The group got together for the first sessions in June, and further workshops and public events will take place in September, including a masterclass with composer Tan Dun (20 September) and a concert with resident composers' music.

Two free workshops with Liza Lim - reserve your place now by Australian Music Centre

Join us for two free 1-hour workshops with Liza Lim in Melbourne (8 August) and Sydney (10 August). These sessions focus on four works included in the AMC's new teacher resource kit The Music of Liza Lim, to be launched at the Melbourne workshop, hosted by the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. The workshops are aimed at teachers, university students, secondary sudents and people interested in the works of Liza Lim.

MODART 13 - call for proposals by Australian Music Centre

Nominations for the professional development program MODART 13 are now open - deadline for applications is 1 October 2012.

New education resource from the AMC: Jazz for School Ensembles by Gai Bryant by Australian Music Centre

Jazz for School Ensembles is a new education resource from the AMC, suitable for the secondary study and performance of jazz. Featuring five original arrangements by Gai Bryant, suitable for high school ensembles or small big bands, the works can be performed in a number of different instrumentation combinations and provide freedom for students at different levels of skill to be involved. The kit contains scores, performance parts, solos, scales, educational notes and activities, as well as a CD

> Purchase Jazz for School Ensembles from the AMC Shop at $105.50

Seven new associate artists join the Australian Music Centre by Australian Music Centre

A warm welcome to our seven new associate artists: Andrea Breen (Tas), Chloe Charody (NSW/overseas), Robert Cossom (Vic), Llew Kiek (NSW), Mara Kiek (NSW), Luke Paulding (Vic), and Dindy Vaughan (Vic) have been offered associate representation following completion of the latest round of applications. The closing date for the next round of applications later in the year will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Toolbox for teaching Australian music by Australian Music Centre

With the final school term commencing around Australia, many students are busily preparing for their final year 12 exams, or about to embark on their final year of studies. This important time of year brings many teachers and students to the Australian Music Centre searching for repertoire and reference material for research, especially as curriculums such as the HSC and VCE increasingly focus on Australian content in senior secondary study. To help teachers build their teaching resources for Australian content, we’ve put together details of some of our most useful resources for the classroom.

Works by Mclntyre, Murphy, Pertout and Selleck at the ACL festival in Israel by Australian Music Centre

Works by four Australian composers – Johanna Selleck, Andrián Pertout and Nicole Murphy – are included in the program of the 30th Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival and Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 14-20 October 2012.

The music of Liza Lim - new music education resource from the AMC by Kim Waldock and Australian Music Centre

The music of Liza Lim is a new education resource from the Australian Music Centre. Designed for senior secondary and early tertiary teaching, it looks at works written during a period when Lim was becoming increasingly engaged with Indigenous cultures. Through Lim's music, the resource discusses ways of exploring sound beyond traditional approaches to music writing, and shows how a composer integrates an understanding of something non-musical into a musical context.

The resource, prepared by Kim Waldock, Head of Education for Sydney Symphony, is released by the AMC with support from the University of Huddersfield.

Survey: community orchestras playing Australian music by Australian Music Centre

New research into Australia’s community-based orchestras shows an area of Australian cultural life where all ages are represented and learn and play together; where new Australian music is nurtured and where the combined value to Australia in volunteer hours alone exceeds $10 million each year.

The research was undertaken by the Music Council of Australia’s Music in Communities Network, and its manager Alex Masso.

Art Facts website launched by Australian Music Centre

The Australia Council has launched a new digital resource Art Facts - an interactive website that brings together statistics and research from across the music sector in Australia. In addition to studying facts and figures on offer, Art Facts enables users to share their findings, to leave comments and to 'like' interesting content.

Broadband Arts Initiative: grant recipients by Australian Music Centre

Recipients of the new Broadband Arts Initiative grants by the Australia Council have been announced

Composer & performer news August 2012 by Australian Music Centre

Our bulletin from the composing/performing world: performance news, new releases, awards, links to reviews. Featuring Matthew Shlomowitz, Anne Boyd, Australian Art Orchestra, Kristian Ireland, Andrián Pertout, Peter Knight, Matthew Hindson, Richard Charlton, Elena Kats-Chernin, Halcyon, Elliott Gyger, Andrew Ford, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, David Chisholm, Daniel Blinkhorn and George Dreyfus, among others.

Featured video - Conversations with Ghosts by Paul Kelly & James Ledger by Australian Music Centre

Conversations with Ghost is a new work co-written by Paul Kelly and James Ledger. This October, Kelly will be joining recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey and Australian National Academy of Music musicians for the premiere of this work, based on poems of Les Murray, W.B Yeats, Judith Wright, Lord Alfred Tennyson, and others. 

Michael Kieran Harvey to present New Music Network's PGH Address by Australian Music Centre

This year's Peggy Glanville-Hicks address will be presented in Sydney (22 October) and Melbourne (2 November) by Michael Kieran Harvey.

Opportunity: New Music Network Mini Series by Australian Music Centre

The New Music Network is calling for proposals for the 2013 New Music Mini Series - deadline for submissions is 30 November 2012. In 2013, the New Music Network is also collaborating with Campbelltown Arts Centre on a special project with an Australian bird theme.

Christopher Hale wins the 2012 Freedman Fellowship by Australian Music Centre

Guitarist Christopher Hale is the winner of the 2012 MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Jazz. The announcement was made on Friday night (10 August) after a concert showcasing the four finalists with their ensembles. The other finalists were Zac Hurren (saxophone), Evan Mannell (drums) and Jeremy Rose (saxophone).

New education resource from the AMC: Classroom Arrangements by Philip Cooney by Australian Music Centre

The AMC's new music education resource, Philip Cooney's Classroom Arrangements, is designed to complement the study of Australian music in secondary schools by allowing students to perform the same music they are exploring through listening and composition activities. Classroom Arrangements includes music by Matthew Hindson, Elena Kats-Chernin, Graeme Koehne, James Ledger, Peter Sculthorpe, Paul Stanhope and Carl Vine.

Opportunity: Art in Festivals initiative (closes 16 October) by Australian Music Centre

The Art in Festivals initiative by the Australia Council for the Arts supports early career artists across all art forms to develop experimental work within a festival environment. The initiative, with a funding pool of $250,000, forms part of the suite of residencies and mentorships supported through the Australia Council’s Early Career Artists and Producers program.

Opportunity: Sydney Symphony Fellowship Composition Prize by Australian Music Centre

The Sydney Symphony invites young Australian composers aged between 18 and 30 to submit new, previously unperformed compositions for chamber ensemble. The works should be of max. 10 minutes of duration and composed for an octet consisting of the following instrumentation: oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass. The winning entry will be performed at Sydney Symphony Fellowship concerts in Penrith and Sydney in November.

Featured video - Elena Kats-Chernin sets 'My Country' by Mackellar by Australian Music Centre

Elena Kats-Chernin talks about writing for the Vienna Boys Choir, one of the world's most famous choirs, and setting one of Australia's most iconic poems, 'My Country' by Dorothea Mackellar. The Vienna Boys Choir tours Australia and New Zealand with this work in September-October 2012.

Music Board grants, August 2012 by Australian Music Centre

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.

Ashley Smith wins the Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music by Australian Music Centre

Perth-born clarinet player Ashley Smith is the winner of the 2012 Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music, presented by the Music Council of Australia.

2012 Helpmann Awards by Australian Music Centre

Composers Iain Grandage and Stephen Page have been honoured at the 2012 Helpmann Awards, announced at the Sydney Opera house on 24 September. Australian music also featured highly among nominees for the awards.

Kalkadungu - William Barton wins 2012 ARIA for Best Classical Album by Australian Music Centre

Kalkadungu – William Barton, has won the 2012 ARIA for Best Classical Album at the Fine Arts and Artisan awards on 3 October, presented at the Art Gallery of NSW. Best Jazz Album was awarded to Sarah McKenzie for Close your eyes, with composer and Oud player Joseph Tawadros taking out Best World Music Album for his Concerto of the Sea.

Updated HSC lists now online by Australian Music Centre

Our dedicated HSC web page has just been updated with the latest information relating to the New South Wales HSC mandatory topic 'Music of the Last 25 Years (Australian focus)'. On this page, students can find repertoire for performance - including access to audio and score samples - and are encouraged to provide their comments, reviews and analysis to share with others.

Soundstream festival 11-14 October 2012 by Australian Music Centre

The program for the fourth instalment of the Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival (11-14 October 2012) features 10 world and 10 Australian premieres.

Soundstream Young Composers' Awards: Eötvös, Phlox and Wright by Australian Music Centre

The inaugural Soundstream Young Composers' Awards have been presented to Melody Eötvös for her composition The King in Yellow, and runner-up Sebastian Phlox for his work Total Internal Reflection. Eötvös and Phlox were awarded the cash prizes of $5,000 and $2,000, respectively, for a future commission of new works for the Soundstram Collective. The People's Choice Award went to Melisande Wright.

Tura New Music 25 years by Australian Music Centre

Tura New Music celebrates its 25 years of activity with a series of concerts and events on 21 November - 6 December. Founded in 1987, the Perth-based not-for-profit organisation produces events and acts as an advocate as well as a resource centre for new music. Tura's yearly program of events includes the Totally Huge New Music Festival (organised for the next time on 9-18 August 2013), the Sounds Outback festival, Scale Variable chamber music series, Club Zho, as well as touring and artist-in-residence programs.

2012 Screen Music Awards: nominees announced by Australian Music Centre

Nominees for the 2012 Screen Music Awards have been announced. The list of nominees for the 12 award categories include Roger Mason, Haydn Walker, Leah Curtis, Burkhard Dallwitz, Lisa Gerrard, Nerida Tyson-Chew, Michael Yezerski & Richard Tognetti, David Hirschfelder and Ric Formosa / Ricky Edwards.

Opportunity: Jean Bogan Prizes for Piano Composition (deadline 7 December) by Australian Music Centre

Applications are invited for the Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition ($8,000) and the Jean Bogan Youth Prize ($1,500) - dealine for entries is 7 December 2012. The competition is open to all permanent residents of Australia. Submitted works have to be written after 1 January 2010 and they must not have not won other competitions.

2012 Screen Music Awards: winners by Australian Music Centre

Lisa Gerrard, Burkhard Dallwitz, Roger Mason and Haydn Walker are among the winners of the 2012 Screen Music Awards. Held on Monday at Melbourne’s BMW EDGE, the Screen Music Awards were staged jointly by Australasian Performing Right Association APRA and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers AGSC.

MODART13 participants announced by Australian Music Centre

The list of participants for the MODART13 composer development program is shaping up, with six Australian composers confirmed, along with two participants from Hong Kong and Malaysia.

[Update 29 November: name of NZ participant added.]

The Song Company: Kalkadunga Man by Australian Music Centre

A deep, resonant rumbling comes from somewhere indistinguishable. The light illuminates the vast Australian desert, and sound of singing washes over the earth… Well, over the stage anyway. I’m reporting from the Song Company’s packed Sydney concert in their opening concert series for 2009, Kalkadunga Man, after several hugely successful performances in regional NSW.

Chronology Arts - Emerging Century by Australian Music Centre

If you had peeped behind the thick, black curtains of the Sound Lounge on Wednesday or Thursday night (12-13 November), you would have seen an enthralled audience, faces lit only by flickering candles, grooving along to the funky new sounds of chronology arts' rock ensemble.

Synergy and Grainger Quartet by Australian Music Centre

The Grainger Quartet branched out of their comfort zone in this inspired concert with Synergy percussion and William Barton. The program read like a who’s who of Australian music: William Barton, Gerard Brophy, Peter Sculthorpe, Percy Grainger and Ross Edwards, some of whom were in the audience and intermittently took to the stage to introduce their works, which rendered the concert all the more engaging.

Sydney Omega Ensemble by Australian Music Centre

Undrinkable Peruvian water that requires multiple boiling is not a topic for inspiration that springs readily to mind. Daniel Rojas, however, has turned to this unconventional topic for his Apertura Dura Hervida (Hard Boiled Overture), after a period spent composing in Peru.

Liza Lim invited to join the Academy of the Arts of the World by Australian Music Centre

The German city of Cologne has officially launched its Akademie der Kunste der Welt (Academy of the Arts of the World). 13 prominent artists, theorists and writers from around the world were invited to be part of the Academy as their founding members, including Australian composer Liza Lim, currently based in the UK.

Paul Stanhope wins a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship by Australian Music Centre

Composer Paul Stanhope has been awarded a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship for 2013 by the Sidney Myer Fund. First awarded in 2012, these fellowships provide unrestricted grants of $80,000 per year for two years to individual artists, arts managers, and 'thought leaders' in the humanities. The fellowships are intended for artists in their 'early mid-career’ - nominations by organisations and individuals (no self-nominations) are reviewed by a panel of peers.

Albert H Maggs Award 2012 to Andrew Ford by Australian Music Centre

Andrew Ford has won the 2012 Albert H Maggs Award for Composition. The winning work, Rauha, was commissioned by ANAM and first performed there in May 2010.

The annual award comes in the form of a commission ($7,000) and a performance subsidy. Ford will write an extended solo flute piece for Sally Walker.

Australia Council fellowships to Erik Griswold and Peter Knight by Australian Music Centre

Composer-pianist Erik Griswold and composer-trumpeter Peter Knight have both received two-year Fellowships from the Australia Council for the Arts, following the November meeting of the Music Board. Successful Project Fellowship recipients include Ros Bandt and Andrée Greenwell.

2013 APRA Professional Development Awards - submission deadline 21 January by Australian Music Centre

Applications have opened for the 2013 APRA Professional Development Awards. The Awards offer cash, travel, education and recognition to eight composers or songwriters in the early stages of their careers. Applications have been extended to 21 January 2013. All applications will be submitted online.

Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' House: residencies resume in 2013 by Australian Music Centre

Extensive renovations of the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' House in Paddington, Sydney, are finally complete, and applications for new residencies are invited. A significant change to earlier years is the grant of $20,000 that will come on top of the actual residency to cover living costs, on-costs, travel and administration.

Peggy Glanville-Hicks residency to Julian Day by Australian Music Centre

The AMC's Associate artist Julian Day has been announced as the next composer in residence at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House in Paddington. Composer, sound artist, leader of the synthesiser ensemble An Infinity Room (A.I.R) and co-director of Super Critical Mass, Julian Day is also known as the presenter of ABC Classic FM's New Music Up Late.

Peter Knight to lead Australian Art Orchestra by Australian Music Centre

Composer and trumpeter Peter Knight has been announced as the new artistic director of the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO). Knight has won international acclaim for his often ‘uncategorisable’ sound and his inventive approach to music-making. His music has won a number of awards, most recently his Fish Boast of Fishing CD, which took the 2012 Bell award for the most original jazz album.

APRA Professional Development Awards - shortlist by Australian Music Centre

Congratulations to the successful applicants who have progressed to the second round of judging in APRA's 2013 Professional Development Awards. Over 1500 entries have been assessed by 29 partner organisations, and a shortlist of 200 has now been announced.

The AMC moves to Ultimo in May 2013 by Australian Music Centre

The Australian Music Centre will be moving during May and relocating to the APRA|AMCOS building in Ultimo, Sydney. This move has become necessary due to the ArtsNSW premises transitioning to become a hub for major NSW festivals. The 2011 changes in AMC’s funding from the Australia Council preclude us from considering commercial property options.

Bernard Heinze Memorial Award to Roger Covell by Australian Music Centre

Musicologist, critic and author Roger Covell will receive the 2013 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award for his contribution to music in Australia.

MODART13 - first workshops by Australian Music Centre

The first stage of MODART13 composer development program will take place in Annandale, Sydney, on 25-28 February. This is when all nine composer participants will take part in a series of workshops, including some individual sessions with the members of The Song Company, to try out ideas and make adjustments to existing work.

A new CD from the AMC: A Little Variation by pianist Jeanell Carrigan by Australian Music Centre

With more than a dozen CDs to her name, Jeanell Carrigan's dedication to recording the works of our contemporary composers is impressive. In 2012, the AMC released Narratives and Detours. Now comes A Little Variation, a CD that explores the variation form through works by Robert Davidson, Michael Hannan, Mark Isaacs, Justin McKay, John Polglase and Peter Webb.

Apra Professional Development Awards - finalists by Australian Music Centre

Congratulations to all APRA Professional Development Award finalists, including the AMC-represented Julian Day, Nirmali Fenn, Daniel Rojas and Chris Williams (in the Classical category), Steve Newcomb (Jazz category), Aaron Kenny and Joseph Twist (TV and Film category).

Nominations are open for Art Music Awards 2013 by Australian Music Centre

Nominations for the 2013 Art Music Awards are now open

APRA Professional Development Award to Joe Twist by Australian Music Centre

The AMC's Associate artist Joseph Twist has won one of eight APRA Professional Development Awards. The names of winning composers and songwriters were announced on Monday.

Iain Grandage wins $50,000 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award by Australian Music Centre

Composer Iain Grandage has been awarded one of the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards. Grandage takes home the $50,000 Individual Award, while the other two awards go to the Indigenous theatre company Ilbijerri ($80,000 Group Award) and producer, festival director Philip Rolfe ($20,000 Facilitator’s Prize). The award-winners were announced last week in Canberra.

Don Banks Music Award to Kev Carmody by Australian Music Centre

The $60,000 Australia Council Don Banks Music Award has been presented to singer, storyteller, activist and artist Kev Carmody for his outstanding contribution to Australian music. The ceremony took place in Brisbane on Monday.

Opportunity: 2013 Symphony Australia TSO Composers’ School by Australian Music Centre

Applications are now open for the Symphony Australia TSO Composers' School, organised in Hobart on 14-19 October 2013.

Featured video - Andrew Ford's Elegy in a Country Graveyard by Australian Music Centre

Andrew Ford discusses his Prix Italia-shortlisted piece Elegy in a Country Graveyard in these two extracts from Tony Williams and Anna Hewgill's new film A Place Called Robertson (Four Donkey Films). Shot in the Southern Highlands of NSW where Ford lives, the film also features local artists including Carlos Barrios, Enrique del Val and the Archibald-prize winning Ben Quilty.

AMC representation for Dasent, de Groot, Marks and Zavada by Australian Music Centre

The Australian Music Centre is pleased to welcome four new Associate artists to our ranks. Following the latest round of applications, four artists have been offered Associate representation: Peter Dasent (NSW), Christopher de Groot (WA), Bryony Marks (VIC) and Ivan Zavada (NSW).

Jean Bogan Prizes to Isaacs, Pertout and Matias by Australian Music Centre

The 2012 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition has been awarded jointly to Mark Isaacs, for his work Children's Songs (2011), and Andrián Pertout, for his work Luz Meridional - twenty-four etudes. Isaacs and Pertout share the prize money of $8,000. The Jean Bogan Youth Prize ($1,500) for composers under 25 years went to Natalie Matias for her Suite for Piano.

APAM 2014: applications are now open by Australian Music Centre

Contemporary performing artists and companies from across Australia and New Zealand are invited to apply to present their work at the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) 2014. There are two programming categories: 'showcase' for productions ready for touring, and 'pitch' for works in development.

APAM 2014 will take place in Brisbane, Queensland from 18 to 22 February 2014

The AMC is moving: closed 6-7 May, reopening 8 May by Australian Music Centre

The AMC will be moving to its new home in the APRA building in Ultimo, Sydney, this coming weekend. The centre will be closed on 6-7 May, and we are expecting to be back in business by Wednesday 8 May. While the move should not have a major effect on the AMC's website and online business, we thank you for your understanding in case there are short-term interruptions to our services while we get settled in our new home.

The AMC's new telephone number from Wednesday 10 May will be (02) 9935 7805. Our new fax number...

Paul Lowin Prizes 2013 - entries are now open by Australian Music Centre

Perpetual Trustee Company and the Australian Music Centre are pleased to announce the 2013 Paul Lowin Prizes. These prizes are among the richest prizes for music composition in Australia, and comprise of an Orchestral Prize ($25,000) and a Song Cycle Prize ($15,000).

Art Music Awards - deadline extended to 20 May by Australian Music Centre

There is still time to nominate your candidates for the 2013 Art Music Awards: deadline for entries has been extended slightly and is now 20 May at 5pm - this is to allow for any short-term disruption to the online submissions process during the AMC's move to new premises and related IT set-up between 4-6 May.

Creative Australia Fellowships to Cole, Ughetti, Fox by Australian Music Centre

Composer Amanda Cole, sound artist Robin Fox and percussionist and composer Eugene Ughetti are among the eleven Creative Australia Fellowship recipients, announced on Wednesday at the Melbourne Recital Centre. The Fellowships are the centrepiece of the Federal Government's Creative Australia grants initiative, delivered by the Australia Council, with $10 million going to individual artists over five years. The Fellowships consist of two categories: established artists (each valued at $100,000 over one year) and early career artists ($60,000 over two years).

Opportunity: Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition 2014 by Australian Music Centre

Australian composers under the age of 30 are invited to submit scores for the Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition. The competition forms part of the 32nd Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan, on 2-7 November 2014. There are monetary prizes of US$500, $300 and $200, but more important is the chance to have a festival performance and to be able to travel and meet other composers...
 

Art Music Awards - 245 nominations by the May deadline by Australian Music Centre

Nominations for the 2013 Art Music Awards are now closed, entries are being processed and judging panels rounded up for the hard work ahead. In all, 245 nominations arrived by the deadline of 20 May, the most popular categories being Instrumental Work of the Year, Performance of the Year and Jazz Work of the year, closely followed by Excellence (Individual) and Excellence (Experimental). All of this lets us anticipate an exciting judging process with many high-quality nominations competing for a place on the shortlists.

Opportunity: 2013 ASQ National Composers' Forum with Andrew Ford by Australian Music Centre

The Australian String Quartet is calling for applications from undergraduate and postgraduate composition students and emerging composers for its 2013 National Composers’ Forum. The Quartet’s bi-annual National Composers’ Forum supports the development of six emerging Australian composers who wish to hone their skills in writing for string quartet. The three-day forum led by composer-in-residence, Andrew Ford.

2013 ISCM World New Music Days - Peter McNamara's work selected by Australian Music Centre

The program of 2013 ISCM World New Music Days has finally been made public, and the Australian work included this year is Peter McNamara's Distorted Waters (2007) for alto flute and cello. McNamara's work was selected from the Australian ISCM Section's submission to the festival.

Art Music Awards 2013 - host James Morrison, program curator Genevieve Lacey by Australian Music Centre

Now in its 3rd year, the Art Music Awards, presented the Australian Music Centre and APRA, will return to celebrate the diversity and quality of the contemporary Australian music landscape. The live performance program of this year's Art Music Awards will be curated by the respected recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey. The host for the evening will be the versatile trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist James Morrison. The 2013 Art Music Awards will be held on Monday 26 August at Parade Theatre, NIDA, in Sydney.

Freedman Jazz finalists: Flower, Jayaweera, Hannaford, Rose by Australian Music Centre

The Freedman Jazz Fellowship finalists for 2013 have been announced and include one of Australia’s most exciting pianists, Marc Hannaford; the New York-based drummer Rajiv Jayaweera; Sydney-based guitarist (and winner of the 2007 National Jazz Guitar Awards) Aaron Flower; and saxophonist Jeremy Rose (the 2009 winner of the Bell Award for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year).

Freedman Fellowship to Marc Hannaford by Australian Music Centre

The 2013 Music Council of Australia Freedman Fellowship for Jazz has been awarded to the Melbourne-based pianist Marc Hannaford. The announcement was made on Monday after a concert featuring the four finalists for this year's Fellowship (Hannaford, Rajiv Jayaweera, Aaron Flower and Jeremy Rose) with their ensembles.

Two Helpmann Awards to Iain Grandage by Australian Music Centre

Composer Iain Grandage has taken home two of this year's Helpmann Awards - the Awards ceremony was held at the Sydney Opera House on 29 July. Grandage received awards for Best Original Score and Best Music Direction, both for the Sydney Theatre Company's The Secret River, play produced in association with the confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Sydney Festival, the Centenary of Canberra and Perth International Arts Festival.

Opportunity reminder: Paul Lowin Prizes deadline 31 July by Australian Music Centre

The Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize ($25,000) will be awarded to a work for modern chamber or symphony orchestra, and the Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) to a work suitable for chamber performance, using no more than 1-8 independent vocal lines, accompanied by up to 10 instrumental players. Compositions must have been completed not earlier than 30 June 2009. Deadline for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 31 July 2013.

THNMF & International Computer Music Conference in Perth by Australian Music Centre

From 9 August, Perth becomes the number one destination for Australia's new music fans - as well as artists, composers and academics - when the 11th Totally Huge New Music Festival starts with a series of concert featuring significant international names as well as Australian artists. From 11 August, the festival runs parallel to the 2013 International Computer Music Conference, expanding the festival program with presentations, live performances and installations.

Art Music Awards 2013 - finalists announced by Australian Music Centre

APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and the Australian Music Centre are proud to announce the finalists for the 2013 Art Music Awards. The list reflects the incredibly rich variety of music composed and performed in 2012, with spell-binding soundscapes and exciting jazz works rubbing shoulders with experimental projects, collaborations, large-scale symphonic, vocal, chamber and instrumental works - brought to life by dedicated musicians and art organisations all over Australia.

ANZAC centenary commission to Elena Kats-Chernin by Australian Music Centre

The NSW Government is commissioning Elena Kats-Chernin to write new works for the ANZAC commemorations in 2015. In addition to one major work, Kats-Chernin will compose a soundscape as well as smaller arrangements - the music is to be played around NSW to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings as well as the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2015.

Featured video - Kate Moore: Eclipsed Vision by Australian Music Centre

This performance of Kate Moore's vocal installation Eclipsed Vision (2006) was recorded at Korzo Theater, the Hague (Netherlands) in 2010 as part of 'Rain Project', featuring music by Moore and water sculpture by Yoko Seyama.

Art Music Awards 2013 - Distinguished Services Award to George Dreyfus by Australian Music Centre

As part of the 2013 Art Music Awards, APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre are pleased to announce composer George Dreyfus AM as the recipient of the Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award. Determined by the APRA Board of Publisher and Writer Directors, the Award will be presented to Dreyfus at the Awards ceremony on Monday 26 August at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) Parade Theatre in Sydney.

Seven new Associate artists for the AMC by Australian Music Centre

The AMC is delighted to welcome seven new associate artists to our roster of represented composers following the most recent round of applications. Associate representation has been offered to: Jane Hammond (NSW), Susan Hawkins (Qld), James Hullick (Vic), Philip Jameson (NSW), Vaughan McAlley (Vic), Piotr Nowotnik (Vic) and Chris Perren (Qld).

2013 Art Music Awards - winners announced by Australian Music Centre

Winners or the 2013 Art Music Awards have been announced at a gala function hosted by Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS on Monday 26 August 2013 at the NIDA Parade Theatre in Sydney. The Work of the Year awards went to works by Brett Dean, Gordon Kerry, Stephen Leek and Marc Hannaford, while Australian Art Orchestra & Struthi Laya Ensemble took home the Performance of the Year award. Soundstream: Adelaide New Music Festival won the Award for Excellence by an Organisation, and cellist Danielle Bentley was the winner in the Excellence by an Individual category. Also awarded were...

Art Music Awards 2013: 'Buoyed Up' speech by George Dreyfus (audio) by Australian Music Centre

'Buoyed up. Thank you APRA, AMC, for the award - I feel completely buoyed up'. This is how composer George Dreyfus, a skilled and down-to-earth orator, began his acceptance speech at Monday night's Art Music Awards ceremony. Characteristically honest and punctuated with moments of self-deprecating humor, the speech will be remembered as one of the most engaging in the history of the Awards, its underlying message...

Opportunity reminder: Australia Council grants closing in September by Australian Music Centre

Australia Council Music Board grants closing in September include:

JUMP mentoring for early career artists - deadline 9 September
Fellowships
- deadline 17 September
Project fellowships - deadline 17 September
Skills and arts development - deadline 17 September

Also closing on 17 September are nominations for the once-in-a-lifetime Don Banks Award.

John Colborne-Veel (1945-2013) by Australian Music Centre

Composer John Colborne-Veel passed away on 25 August 2013 at the age of 68. A prolific composer and arranger, Colborne-Veel was at home with a wide range of musical styles, from jazz to film and TV music, liturgical music, as well as music for the concert stage, ballet and theatre.

Bernie McGann (1937-2013) by Australian Music Centre

One of the biggest names in Australian jazz, alto saxophonist Bernie McGann died on Tuesday night at the age of 76 from complications after heart surgery.

ASQ National Composers' Forum participants: Budel, Day, Jeffery, Nicolas, Phlox & Shawcross by Australian Music Centre

The six participants of the ASQ National Composers' Forum have been announced - they are: Jesse Budel (SA), Julian Day (NSW), William Jeffery (NSW), Natalie Nicolas (NSW), Sebastian Phlox (SA) and Timothy Shawcross (VIC).

John Hopkins (1927-2013) by Australian Music Centre

One of Australia's most esteemed conductors and administrators, British-born John Hopkins OBE AM died in Melbourne on 30 September.

Genevieve Lacey to present the 2013 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address by Australian Music Centre

The New Music Network's annual Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address 2013 will be presented by the recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey on 25 November (in Sydney) and 27 November (in Melbourne).

New HSC lists now available from the AMC by Australian Music Centre

The AMC's dedicated HSC web page has just been updated with the latest information relating to the New South Wales HSC mandatory topic 'Music of the Last 25 Years (Australian focus)'.

Individuals who are members of the AMC can borrow up to 30 score downloads per month from the Digital Score Library. Secondary Schools which are institutional members of the AMC are now able to download 50 digital scores per month. Digital library loans can assist students and teachers searching for appropriate repertoire for HSC performance.

2013 Freedman Classical Music Fellowship finalists by Australian Music Centre

Finalists for the 2013 MCA/Freedman Classical Music Fellowship have been announced. They are flutist Lina Andonovska, guitarist and composer Zane Banks, guitarist Bradley Kunda and cellist Louise McKay. The winner will be announced on 15 October 2013.

Lina Andonovska wins the 2013 Freedman Fellowship by Australian Music Centre

Flutist Lina Andonovska, 27, has won the 2013 MCA Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music, presented by the Music Council of Australia and the Freedman Foundation. Other finalists in 2013 included guitarists Zane Banks and Bradley Kunda, and cellist Louise McKay.

Paul Lowin Prizes 2013 - finalists announced by Australian Music Centre

The shortlisted composers and works for the 2013 Paul Lowin Prizes have been announced. Works by Brett Dean, Ross Edwards, Andrew Ford, Elliott Gyger, Mark Isaacs and Nigel Westlake are competing for the Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize ($25,000) and the Song Cycle Prize ($15,000). The winners will be announced in a special ceremony in Sydney on Monday 28 October.

Symphony Australia TSO Composers' School underway in Hobart by Australian Music Centre

Four young composers are meeting in Hobart this week for the annual Symphony Australia TSO Composers' School. During an intense week of workshops and rehearsals, the participants have their work rehearsed and performed by the Tasmanian Symphony, and recorded by ABC Classic FM.

The composer participants of this year's school are the Sydney-based Alex Chilvers, Andrew Howes (currently a student at London's Royal College of Music), and two Queensland composeres, Ryan Walsh and Ian Whitney. The 2013 staff includes conductor Ken Young and composers Maria Grenfell, Andrew Schultz and Paul Stanhope.

2013 Lowin Prize winners: Elliott Gyger and Nigel Westlake by Australian Music Centre

Nigel Westlake and Elliott Gyger have emerged as winners of the 2013 Paul Lowin Prizes from an extremely strong field of entries.
Westlake won the Orchestral Prize ($25,000) with his powerful Missa Solis - Requiem for Eli (2010) for symphony orchestra, chorus and male treble solo. Gyger’s winning work in the Song Cycle Prize ($15,000) category was giving voice (2012), a cycle of eight songs for mezzo-soprano and ensemble, based on Australian female poets’ words about early childhood and parenthood. The winners were announced on Monday evening 28 October in a special ceremony at APRA headquarters in Sydney.

Brett Dean wins the Melbourne Prize for Music by Australian Music Centre

Brett Dean has won the 2013 Melbourne Prize, awarded yearly to a Victorian musician, or group of musicians, whose work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian music. Also shortlisted for the $60,000 prize were composer and pianist Tony Gould, musician and composer Mick Harvey (The Bad Seeds, The Birthday Party), singer-songwriter Shane Howard and violinist Wilma Smith.

Featured video: Joyride (Rothwell/Schultz) by Australian Music Centre

Joyride is a hand-drawn vector animation created by Alyssa Rothwell in response to Andrew Schultz's 2009 composition Ether Etude.

Erkki Veltheim wins a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship by Australian Music Centre

Composer, improviser and violinist Erkki Veltheim has been awarded one of the 2013 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships, worth $160,000 over a two-year period.

SBS Youth Orchestra disbands - a new fellowship to honour Matthew Krel's legacy by Australian Music Centre

The SBS Radio & Television Youth Orchestra will disband after 25 years. The orchestra's board has decided to wind up activities and put the cash towards a scholarship carrying Krel's name as part of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's Fellowship Program. The orchestra's 12-24-year-old musicians were informed this week.

Cat Hope the Peggy Glanville-Hicks resident in 2014 by Australian Music Centre

West Australian composer and sound artist Cat Hope will be the next resident at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House in Paddington. Hope will be using her 12 months in Peggy's house to work on commissions for pianist Zubin Kanga, percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson, Icelandic ensemble Slatur, the London Improvisers Orchestra and to develop a new ‘noise opera’ with Jack Sargent.

2013 Screen Music Awards - nominees by Australian Music Centre

The list of nominees for the 2013 Screen Music Awards, made public on Thursday, includes the work of many AMC-represented artists.

Limelight magazine reborn by Australian Music Centre

Far from being dead and buried, the Limelight magazine will continue its life under new management as of today. This development comes a week after Limelight’s current publisher Haymarket Media announced it would cease operations in Australia on 13 December.  As of the February issue of the magazine, the Limelight will be published by a new arts media organisation Arts Illuminated, founded by business tourism specialists BT Publishing. The director of Arts Illuminated is composer and Chronology Arts director Andrew Batt-Rawden.

Australia Council Fellowships & Project Fellowships: Edwardes, Schaupp, Ford, Tomlinson... by Australian Music Centre

Percussionist and Ensemble Offspring artistic director Claire Edwardes has been awarded a two-year Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts, following a particularly competitive round of applications. Other new fellows are Karin Schaupp, Paul McDermott, and Matthew Robinson. Project Fellowships, intended for creative or developmental projects by mid-career and established artists, went to Chris Abrahams, Andrew Ford ...

AMC's Christmas closing by Australian Music Centre

The AMC will be closed for the Christmas holiday period, closing at 3 pm on Friday 20 December and re-opening on Thursday 2 January. Orders that arrive over the holidays will be processed in January.

The staff and Board of the AMC wish all AMC members, supporters and customers a happy festive season.

2013 Screen Music Awards: winners by Australian Music Centre

Presented by APRA AMCOS and the AGSC, the winners of the 2013 Screen Music Awards were announced at a gala event at the Sydney State Theatre on Monday evening 9 December 2013.

Genevieve Lacey's Peggy Glanville-Hicks address now online by Australian Music Centre

Recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey's Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address, presented in Sydney and Melbourne on 25 and 27 November, is now available online in its entirety on the New Music Network website. In her speech, entitled 'Learning to Listen', Lacey paid tribute to Peggy Glanville-Hicks, whose centenary was celebrated on 29 December 2012.

'She's an inspiring role model for me, a woman born a couple of generations later, still grappling with similar questions: in essence, how to mold a life around a love for music...

Survey: Community Choirs in Australia by Australian Music Centre

Almost all Australian community choirs sing Australian music, and over a third make a conscious effort to include Australian works in their repertoire, according to a recent survey by the Music in Communities Network. The survey was responded to by about 200 community choirs. 20% of these characterised themselves as a classical choir, while 14% sang multicultural, 16% mixed, 13% folk or traditional, 10% popular or contemporary and 5% religious repertoire. Most choirs surveyed had been in existence for less than 10 years, but 'classical' choirs were more likely to have been running for over 20 years.

Opportunity reminder: Creative Australia Fellowships by Australian Music Centre

Applications for the Creative Australia Fellowships close on 31 January.

Don Banks Music Award to Mike Nock by Australian Music Centre

Jazz pianist, composer and educator Mike Nock has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Australia Council Don Banks Music Award. The $60,000 award will be presented to Nock on 1 February before the performance of his 60-minute SIMA Suite at the Sound Lounge in Sydney

2014 Australia Day honours: Brenton Broadstock and Patrick Thomas by Australian Music Centre

The 2014 Australia Day honours list has recognised composer Brenton Broadstock and conductor Patrick Thomas for their services to music

Art Music Awards go to Melbourne in 2014 by Australian Music Centre

The date and the venue for the 2014 Art Music Awards have been announced: the event will be held, for the first time, in Melbourne, on Tuesday 26 August at the Plaza Ballroom on Collins St. The call for nominations will appear on the AMC website on Tuesday 11 March.

Asian Composers League Festival 2013 - Australian works by Australian Music Centre

Works by five Australian composers – Katy Abbott, Stuart Greenbaum, Andrián Pertout, Johanna Selleck and Petar Jovanov – are included in the program of the 31st Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference in Singapore, 20-24 September 2013. 

Featured video: Letter Piece No. 5 by Matthew Shlomowitz by Australian Music Centre

The German Decoder Ensemble performing Matthew Shlomowitz's work Letter Piece No. 5 'Northern Cities' on 27 of May 2013 during the KLANG festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. Performers of this version for e-zither and clarinet were Leopold Hurt (zither) and Carola Schaal (clarinet).

Elena Kats-Chernin wins Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award by Australian Music Centre

Composer Elena Kats-Chernin and playwright Daniel Keene have been announced as joint winners of this year's Sidney Myer Performing Arts Individual Award - the prize sum of $50,000 will be shared by the two artists.

$1.2m in music grants from Australia Council by Australian Music Centre

AMC-represented artists Katy Abbott, Stephen Adams, Brigid Burke, Romano Crivici, Tim Dargaville, Ross Edwards, Melody Eötvös, Elena Kats-Chernin, Ron Nagorcka, Mike Nock, Alex Pozniak, Damien Ricketson, John Spence, Paul Stanhope and Jane Stanley have emerged as succesful applicants from the most recent Australia Council for the Arts funding round in the 'new work' category

Art Music Awards 2014 - nominations are open by Australian Music Centre

Nominations for the 2014 Art Music Awards are now open. It's time to revisit your most memorable Australian music experiences of 2014 and nominate your candidates for any of the eleven national awards across categories covering composition, performance, and outstanding contributions by individuals and organisations in Australian music, in music education, experimental music, jazz and regional music. You have until 5pm on Monday 12 May - but why wait?

Opportunity for young composers: write a 'bell cue' for the Sydney Opera House by Australian Music Centre

Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Opera House and Artology reach out for young composers with their new, exciting 'Fanfare' project. The competition is open to Australians aged 12 to 21 years to write a short 30-second attention-grabbing piece of music.

10 new Associate artists join the AMC by Australian Music Centre

The AMC extends a warm welcome to our 10 new Associate artists who have been offered representation following the most recent round of applications. The new Associate artists are Amy Bastow (Vic), Andrew Batt-Rawden (NSW), Alice Chance (NSW), Tessa Elieff (ACT), Holly Harrison (NSW), Paul Kopetz (Qld), Martin Lass (NSW), Tim McKenry (Vic), Rachel Merton (Qld), and Timothy Tate (Qld).

Works by Crossman, Dillon, Pertout, and Portelli at the ACL Festival in Japan by Australian Music Centre

Works by four Australian composers – Bruce Crossman, Howard Dillon, Andrián Pertout and Daniel Portelli – are included in the program of the 32nd Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference in Japan, 1-7 November 2014.

New works at the AMC Library: February-April 2014 by Australian Music Centre

New works added to the AMC Library in the past three months include works by the up-and-coming jazz composer Jenna Cave (pictured), several recent works by composers Elliott Gyger and Katy Abbott, as well as the 2013 Concerto for piccolo and orchestra by Paul Stanhope. New vocal repertoire includes three compositions from Halcyon's 'Kingfisher' project.

Opportunity: Speak Percussion's 2014 Emerging Artist Program by Australian Music Centre

Speak Percussions' 2014 Emerging Artist Program focuses on composition, improvisation and performance within electroacoustic music. The program is open to Australian and NZ 18-28 year old percussionists and drummers as well as emerging composers with a pre-existing track record of working with percussion and/or electronics.

Andrea Keller and Jonathan Zwartz shortlisted for several Bell Awards by Australian Music Centre

AMC-represented Andrea Keller and Jonathan Zwartz have been shortlisted in several categories in the 2014 Australian Jazz Awards, more commonly known as 'the Bells'. The winners will be revealed on Thursday 1 May.

2014 Australian Jazz Bell Awards: Keller, Bailey, Wilson by Australian Music Centre

Andrea Keller Quartet's album Wave Rider has won one of this year's Australian Jazz Bell Awards, in the category Best Australian Modern Jazz Album. The award ceremony was organised in Melbourne on Thursday night. A highlight of the evening was the induction of Judy Bailey, one of Australia's leading musicians and composers, into the Jazz Hall of Fame.

Opportunity: Gallipoli Songs - a composition competition by Australian Music Centre

As part of commemorations for the 2015 centenary of the Gallipoli landings, ABC Classic FM and Radio New Zealand Concert are inviting Australian and New Zealand composers to submit original compositions for their joint competition 'Gallipoli Songs'.

Creative Australia fellowships: Liza Lim, Jon Rose, James Hullick, Julian Day by Australian Music Centre

AMC-represented composers Julian Day, James HullickLiza Lim and Jon Rose are among the 13 recipients of this year's Creative Fellowships from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Presenting New Music workshop, Sydney on 9 August 2014 by Australian Music Centre

This full-day workshop will provide composers, performers, producers and promoters with an introduction to and a fresh perspective on the business side of new music. Presented by the New Music Network in association with the AMC, the workshop is designed for students, recent graduates and emerging practitioners in the new music sector...

Opportunity: Willoughby Symphony/Fine Music 102.5 Young Composer Award by Australian Music Centre

Entries are open for the 2014 Willoughby Symphony/Fine Music 102.5 Young Composer Award. Deadline for entries is Friday 1 August 2014.

2014 Art Music Awards - more than 300 submissions received by Australian Music Centre

Judging by the number of submissions - a whopping 300 by the deadline - the 2014 Art Music Awards are shaping up to be an extremely competitive and varied event. A particularly healthy number of entries were received for the Work of the Year categories...

Featured video: Andrée Greenwell's The Hanging of Jean Lee by Australian Music Centre

Andrée Greenwell's 'underbelly' song cycle The Hanging of Jean Lee reveals the life and times of Jean Lee, the last woman to be hanged in Australia in 1951. It is adapted from Jordie Albiston’s verse history of the same name, published by Black Pepper Press. The videos below, accompanied here by descriptions by the composer, were recorded during the concert version of the work at Arts House, North Melbourne, on 7-8 December 2013.

A new education resource: Peter Sculthorpe's String Quartet No. 16 by Australian Music Centre

Peter Sculthorpe: String Quartet No. 16 music resource kit by Lorraine Milne investigates the creative process of musical composition and the connection of this work to refugees in Australia’s detention centres. While the kit is particularly suitable for senior students, it could also be used with young students, specifically in relation to the broader issue of refugees in detention becoming the impetus for musical composition.

Queen's Birthday Honours 2014: Cheetham, Grabowsky, Koehne, Vine by Australian Music Centre

Many composers, performers and educators have been recognised for their services to music in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours list. AMC-represented artists Paul Grabowsky, Graeme Koehne and Carl Vine were appointed as Officers of the Order of Australia (AO), as was opera singer, composer Deborah Cheetham. Singer and artistic director of Opera Australia, Lyndon Terracini, was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM)...

Opportunity: Soundstream emerging composers' forum - call for scores by Australian Music Centre

Soundstream Collective invites emerging composers Australia-wide to take part in the 2014 Emerging Composers’ Forum. The final selection will take place during a performance in Adelaide on 4 November 2014.

ISCM World Music Days 2015 - call for works by Australian Music Centre

The call for works is now open for the 2015 ISCM World Music Days in Slovenia on 26 September - 1 October 2015. Submissions to the Australian section should be sent to the AMC by 5pm on 30 September 2014 by email.

ISCM World Music Days 2013 - call for works by Australian Music Centre

The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is seeking works for its 2013 World New Music Days in Austria and Slovakia. The festival will be organised in the cities of Bratislava, Kosice and Vienna on 7-16 November 2013 by the Slovak and the Austrian sections of the ISCM.

Art Music Awards 2014 - Distinguished Services Award to Richard Gill by Australian Music Centre

APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre are excited to announce Richard Gill OAM as the recipient of the Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award for the 2014 Art Music Awards. He will accept the Award before his peers at a ceremony to be held at the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne on Tuesday 26 August 2014.

11 new Associate artists join the AMC by Australian Music Centre

The Australian Music Centre extends a warm welcome 11 new Associate artists who have joined our ranks following completion of the latest round of applications

Mary Finsterer the new Chair of Composition at Monash by Australian Music Centre

A new chair of composition has been established at Monash University's Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, thanks to a generous gift from Australian barrister and human rights advocate Julian Burnside AO QC. Composer Mary Finsterer has been appointed to the new position as 'Chamber Music Australia Chair of Composition' with the task of encouraging talented young composers within the school and developing new Australian music and performance.

2015 Art Music Awards - nominations are now open by Australian Music Centre

Online nominations for Art Music Awards are now open. Make sure you read the updated Rules & Guidelines document as there have been some changes since 2014. 

Alan Turnbull (1943-2014) by Australian Music Centre

Australian jazz drummer Alan Turnbull has passed away at the end of August at the age of 70.

Kate Moore - premieres and new releases by Australian Music Centre

Kate Moore's new Cello Concerto (2014) for solo cello, amplified ensemble and sound machines has just received its world premiere in Utrecht, the Netherlands by the ASKO/Schönberg ensemble. Later in 2014, Moore will be featured composer of the November Music festival in 's-Hertogenbosch. Works programmed include...

Sydney Myer Creative Fellowship to Anthony Pateras by Australian Music Centre

Composer and pianist Anthony Pateras has been awarded a $160,000 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship among seven other Australian artists. The list of new mid-career Creative Fellows was made public in Melbourne yesterday. The grant of $160,000 is meant to provide income over a two-year period, allowing Fellows time to reflect and develop aspects of their creative practice without financial pressure.

Freedman Fellows 2014: de Jager and Choulai by Australian Music Centre

Pianist and composer, Peter de Jager has been named the 2014 Freedman Classical Fellow. The annual Fellowship awards a classical instrumentalist less than 30 years of age with a $15,000 scholarship to undertake a career-enhancing creative project.

The 2014 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, as announced in late August, went to another pianist-composer: Aaron Choulai.

2014 Art Music Awards - John Davis's speech by Australian Music Centre and John Davis

By popular demand, John Davis's speech from the Art Music Awards ceremony on 26 August, celebrating the achievements of the music community as well as those of the 40-year-old Australian Music Centre, and identifying some areas where there is much work to be done.

2015 HSC repertoire lists now available by Australian Music Centre

The AMC's dedicated HSC web page has just been updated with new lists of repertoire for HSC performance. The lists have been specifically compiled to relate to the New South Wales HSC mandatory topic 'Music of the Last 25 Years (Australian focus)'. In all, there are now 16 repertoire lists available - the latest addition is a list of works for French horn.

Soundstream Emerging Composers' Forum - selected composers by Australian Music Centre

Five composers will take part in the Soundstream Emerging Composers' Forum, organised by the Adelaide-based Soundstream Collective. The Forum, organised with the AMC as a supporting partner, aims at raising the profile and encouraging the careers of emerging composers through critical review, public performance, recording and audience exposure to their music.

Opportunity: Albert H Maggs Award by Australian Music Centre

Applications are open for the Albert H Maggs Composition Award, provided as a commission for the creation of a musical work of a substantial nature. The value of the award offered will be approximately $7,000 for the commissioned new musical work, with a performance subsidy of approx. $3,000. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 12 September 2014.

Opportunity: Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition by Australian Music Centre

Submissions are invited to the Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition ($8000) and the Jean Bogan Youth Prize ($1500). Deadline for entries is 31 October 2014 at 5pm.

Opportunity: Gaudeamus Prize 2015 by Australian Music Centre

Registrations for the Gaudeamus Prize 2015 are open. Composers born after 1 October 1984 can submit their work online. The deadline for registration is 1 October 2014 - please read carefully the information regarding categories and setup as well as the terms and conditions before registering online.

Community stations to air a 10-part series about new music by Australian Music Centre

3MBS Fine Music Melbourne has teamed up with community radio station around Australia to create a 10-part radio series focusing on the diverse contemporary classical music scenes across the country. Episodes of National Contemporary Landscapes feature exclusive recordings created for the series, interviews with musicians and composers, and valuable local insights. One of the episodes, produced by 3 Kool N Deadly Melbourne, is dedicated to Indigenous musicians.

Vale Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014) by Australian Music Centre

It is with great sadness that we have today received news of the death of a truly great Australian artist, and an esteemed APRA and AMC member. Composer Peter Sculthorpe (b. 1929), passed away today, Friday 8 August 2014.

Drawn from Sound exhibition now in Sydney by Australian Music Centre

The first all Australian survey of graphic notation practice featuring works by 20 composers will be hosted by the Australia Council for the Arts from Friday 15 August. The free exhibition includes examples of graphic notation in a variety of forms and features works by composers such as Percy Grainger, Anita Hustas, Warren Burt, David Young and Amanda Stewart. It is curated by Perth composer and sound artist Cat Hope, who is this year's recipient of the Australia Council's Peggy Glanville-Hicks residency.

Australia Council grants for new works and projects by Australian Music Centre

AMC-represented Sandy Evans, Jane Hammond, Cat Hope, Kate Moore, Kate Neal, Chris Perren, Michal Rosiak, Michael Smetanin and Hollis Taylor have all received funding for new works and projects from the Australia Council for the Arts as a result of the latest round of grants for music.

2014 Art Music Awards - finalists by Australian Music Centre

APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) and the Australian Music Centre are proud to announce the finalists for the 2014 Art Music Awards. Once again, the hard work by judging panels has produced a strong as well as varied list of finalists, with all the ingredients of an exciting awards night: established names as well as up-and-coming artists, women as well as men, intimate pieces as well as dramatic works requiring big forces and spacious venues, solo works and projects as well as collaborations.

Opportunity: 2016 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Residency by Australian Music Centre

Applications are now open for the 2016 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Residency. This residency is offered for a 12-month period from January to December 2016. Applications deadline is 2 June 2015

2014 Art Music Awards - winners by Australian Music Centre

Winners of this year's Art Music Awards have been announced at a gala event, held on Tuesday night in Melbourne.

2012 Art Music Awards - Sculthorpe's speech draws attention to the AMC's funding (includes audio) by Australian Music Centre

Composer Peter Sculthorpe accepted his Award for Distinguished Services to Australian music at Tuesday's Art Music Awards ceremony in Sydney, and took the opportunity to draw attention to the AMC's perpetual difficulty securing viable levels of funding for the organisation.

ARIA Fine Arts Awards to Westlake/Lior, Grabowsky, Tawadros by Australian Music Centre

The ABC Classics recording of Nigel Westlake and Lior's collaborative work Compassion, performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra, has won an ARIA Fine Arts Awards in the 'Best Classical Album' category, as announced in Sydney yesterday. An album of Paul Grabowsky's compositions and arrangements, entitled The Bitter Suite, recorded for ABC Jazz by Paul Grabowsky Sextet, won the Award for the Best Jazz Album.

APRA's Art Music Fund to commission new works by Australian and NZ composers by Australian Music Centre

Three new funding opportunities have been launched by APRA AMCOS to provide much needed support for classical, jazz and experimental composers. The largest of these is the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, with an ambitious objective of commissioning up to eight new Australian or New Zealand major classical works. The fund will invest $100,000 in its first year, with an intention to expand as partners come on board with matched funding.

Season's greetings and AMC's Christmas closing by Australian Music Centre

The AMC closes for Christmas at 5pm on Tuesday 23 December and will reopen on Monday 5 January at 9:30am. Orders received over the holidays will be processed as soon as possible from 5 January.

The staff and the Board of the Australian Music Centre would like to wish all our members, supporters and eNews subscribers a happy festive season.

Warren Burt's PGH Address: wondrous discoveries vs forces of darkness by Australian Music Centre

Warren Burt's Peggy Glanville-Hicks address, presented by the New Music Network and delivered in Sydney and Melbourne this week, draws attention to the 'wondrous discoveries in music', taking place in parallel development with astonishing discoveries in astronomy, biology and medicine. Burt, who after 46 years of composing feels 'like I'm just getting started', finds less room for optimism in the current political and economic climate.

2014 Screen Music Awards - nominees by Australian Music Centre

The AMC's Represented and Associate artists are well represented in the list of nominees for this year's Screen Music Awards.

Opportunity: Creative Arts Fellowship (National Library of Australia) by Australian Music Centre

The National Library of Australia's new Creative Arts Fellowship offers a grant of $10,000 to undertake a minimum one-month residency at the Library for artists to work towards a new artwork or body of work or to develop an artistic concept for future elaboration. The deadline for applications is 9 November 2014.

The Song Company's 30 years by Australian Music Centre

The Song Company celebrates its 30th anniversary this Thursday with a concert featuring a composite mass in which each movement is written by a different composer: Graeme Koehne, Ross Edwards, Dan Walker, Stephen Cronin, and Gerard Brophy. The individual components of the mass will be interspersed by brief words from various past participants in The Song Company’s 30-year-history.

2014 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address by Warren Burt by Australian Music Centre

This year's Peggy Glanville-Hicks address will be delivered by composer, performer, video-artist, sound-poet, and instrument designer Warren Burt. His speech looks at how changes in the condition of music (some desirable and some maybe not so) could point out the way things might develop in our present-day science-fiction society.

The yearly events will be organised in Sydney on Tuesday 28 October at 7:30pm (Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium) and Melbourne on Friday 31 October at 7:30pm (Deaking Edge, Federation Square).

The Composer Speaks I now available as an e-book by Australian Music Centre

Who gave his fellow male composers this advice?

At some point you have to be prepared to say that bathing the baby and changing the nappies is actually more important than putting a few more notes on a page.

And who said this about critics?

If they only have to write a short, sharp, half paragraph or so, they may look quite intelligent. But give them a column and they'll soon show themselves in their true colours.

The answers are in the new e-book version of the AMC classic The Composer Speaks I...

ISCM World Music Days 2016 (Korea): Australian works submitted by Australian Music Centre

The Australian ISCM Section's official submission for the 2016 ISCM World Music Days in Tongyeong, South Korea (9 March to 3 April 2016) includes the following works...

Australian repertoire for SIPCA from the AMC by Australian Music Centre

Musicians preparing for the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition can now easily research suitable Australian repertoire for the competition, using our new SIPCA 2016 repertoire page as a starting point. 

ISCM World Music Days 2015 - Australian works submitted by Australian Music Centre

The Australian ISCM Section's official submission for the ISCM World New Music Days 2015 in Slovenia (26 September - 1 October 2015) includes works by Mary Finsterer, Annie Hsieh, Peter McNamara, Lachlan Skipworth, Kate Neal and Paul Clift.

2014 Albert H Maggs Award to Tim Dargaville by Australian Music Centre

Composer, pianist and percussionist Tim Dargaville has been awarded the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award 2014. The award is provided as a commission ($7,000) for a musical work of a substantial nature, plus a further $3,000 towards a public performance of the new composition.

2014 Screen Music Awards - winners by Australian Music Centre

The winners of the 2014 Screen Music Awards have been announced at a ceremony held at the City Recital Hall in Sydney on Wednesday. Staged jointly by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC), the Awards recognised composers across 13 categories.

By far the most successful award recipient was Cezary Skubiszewski who was announced a winner in three categories...

Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship to James Hullick by Australian Music Centre

Composer, pianist and sound artist James Hullick has won the 2014 Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, worth $60,000. The two-year scholarship is awarded to an applicant who demonstrates technical mastery of the piano and displays originality, imagination, creativity and a desire to pursue piano and music in the 21st century.

Gallipoli Songs: winners announced by Australian Music Centre

Australian composers Melody Eötvös, Martin Greet, Constantine Koukias, Peter McNamara and Aristea Mellos as well as New Zealander Andrew Baldwin have been announced as winners of the Gallipoli Songs composition competition.

Australia Council Fellowships to Neal, Page, Priest, Ambarchi by Australian Music Centre

Composers Kate Neal and Rosalind Page, sound artists Gail Priest and Oren Ambarchi, and interdisciplinary artist Marco Fusinato are among the recipients of two-year fellowships from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Lloyd Vick (1915-2014) by Australian Music Centre

Composer and the AMC's represented artist Lloyd Vick (1915-2014) passed away in Brisbane on 27 November. He would have turned a hundred on his next birthday on 2 October 2015.

Tributes for Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014) by Australian Music Centre

The news of the death of composer Peter Sculthorpe, on the morning of 8 August, has quickly reached all corners of the world, radio stations broadcasting Sculthorpe's music, news about the loss of Australia's best-known composer appearing in the media, and tribute messages and reminiscences filling social media sites. Sculthorpe, who turned 85 last April and had been suffering from a long illness, spent his last days at Wolper Jewish Hospital in his home suburb of Woollahra in Sydney.

Rosenbergs revisited - Jon Rose's 'twisted trilogy' is now complete by Australian Music Centre

After a decade-long creative pause in book publishing , Jon Rose has brought to completion his 'twisted trilogy of cultural critique', with the publication of the third and final volume, rosenberg 3.0 : not violin music. The first two instalments, The Pink Violin: an anthology of writings about the music of the Rosenbergs and Violin Music in the Age of Shopping, both by Jon Rose & Rainer Linz, were published in 1992 and 1995, respectively.

11 new artists join the Australian Music Centre by Australian Music Centre

Australian Music Centre is very pleased to welcome 11 new artists to our roster. Associate representation has been offered to Ursula Caporali (NSW), Tristan Coelho (NSW), Michaela Davies (NSW), Sean Foran (Qld), Sandra France (ACT), Christina Green (Vic), Sebastian Phlox (SA), Robert Sims (Vic), Felicity Wilcox (NSW), and Mark Wolf (Qld). Pedagogical representation has been offered to Luke Byrne (NSW). Congratulations to all!

Featured video: Kate Moore's Sensitive Spot (Saskia Lankhoorn) by Australian Music Centre

In this video, the Dutch pianist Saskia Lankhoorn performs Kate Moore's work Sensitive Spot for amplified piano and recordings, recorded live in the Bimhuis concert hall in Amsterdam.

John Gilfedder (1925-2015) by Australian Music Centre

Composer John Gilfedder has passed away in Brisbane on 20 January 2015, a week before his 90th birthday.

Chris Williams the inaugural NLA Creative Arts Fellow by Australian Music Centre

Composer Chris Williams has been named the Friends of the National Library of Australia’s inaugural Creative Arts Fellow. Williams, a graduate of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, recently completed a Master's degree in Composition at the University of Oxford.

Don Banks Music Award to Archie Roach by Australian Music Centre

The winner of the 2015 Australia Council Don Banks Music Award is singer-songwriter Archie Roach - a powerful voice for Indigenous Australians and a great storyteller whose career spans three decades and ten albums. The winner of the Banks award was made public in a slightly different manner from previous years, as the Australia Council has bundled up 10 different awards into one big announcement, made earlier this week.

ISCM World Music Days 2016 in South Korea - call for works by Australian Music Centre

The call for works is now open for the 2016 ISCM World Music Days in Tongyeong, South Korea, from 29 March to 3 April, 2016. As the Australian section of the ISCM, the Australian Music Centre is looking for scores, projects or installations to include in their official submission. The AMC will convene a panel who will select six works for consideration by the ISCM festival jury. At least one work from every official submission will be performed.

ISCM World Music Days 2015 - Australian works by Australian Music Centre

The program of 2015 ISCM World New Music Days has been confirmed, and the Australian work included this year is Lachlan Skipworth's dark nebulae (2010) for saxophone quartet. The work was selected from the Australian ISCM Section's submission to the festival. Also of interest is the inclusion in the program of Bozidar Kos's work Spectrum, selected from the Slovenian ISCM section's submission.

Musica Viva's Hildegard Project: more exposure and commissions to female composers by Australian Music Centre

Musica Viva's new initiative, the Hildegard Project will see one of the world's leading chamber music presenters commission more women to write chamber music. Participants of the project will receive the support Musica Viva offers to its composers, including publicity around performances, and opportunities to connect with the organisation’s network of performers, patrons and other composers. 

Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award to Anne Boyd by Australian Music Centre

Composer Anne Boyd has received the 2014 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award for her outstanding contribution to music in Australia.

Opportunity: AAO's Creative Music Intensive - Focus India by Australian Music Centre

Applications for the 2015 instalment of the Australian Art Orchestra's Creative Music Intensive program are now open. The focus country for 2015 is India, and the residency will take place in Tasmania on 12-22 September. Deadline for applications is 29 May 2015.

Works by Duncan, Pertout, Smyth, and Vagner at the 2015 ACL festival in the Philippines by Australian Music Centre

Works by four Australian composers – Eve DuncanAndrián Pertout, Tyler Smyth and Natalya Vagner – are included in the program of the 33rd Asian Composers League (ACL) Festival & Conference in the Philippines, 5-12 November 2015.  The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Likha-Likas: Reconfiguring Music, Nature, and Myth’. 

Scott McIntyre wins the 2014 Jean Bogan Prize by Australian Music Centre

The winners of the 2014 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition have been announced.  The $8,000 Jean Bogan Prize goes to Scott McIntyre for his Piano Sonata No. 2, and the $1,500 Jean Bogan Youth Prize goes to Elizabeth Younan for her work Persian Preludes.

Seminar for young & mid-career practitioners: Classical Futures by Australian Music Centre

Classical Futures - New frontiers for music and audience' is a seminar presented by Music Australia in association with Vivid Ideas and the Australian Music Centre. Aimed at young and mid-career music practitioners, the event will take place at Erskineville Town Hall on 5 June 2015 at 4pm

Chamber Music Australia's Australian New Works Award - winners by Australian Music Centre

The winners of Chamber Music Australia's inaugural Australian New Works Award are Michael Bakrnčev for his Piano Trio No. 2 Janino, and Connor D’Netto for his String Quartet No. 2 in E minor. The award was established as part of the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition with the support of Monash University and CMA Chairman, Julian Burnside AO QC.

New works at the AMC Library (November 2015 - January 2016) by Australian Music Centre

New works added to the AMC's collection over the past three months include Elliott Gyger's opera Fly Away Peter, Natalie Williams's Don Bradman tribute Our Don, Lyle Chan's now-famous Wind Farm Music, the 2012 piano trio version of Elena Kats-Chernin's Russian Rag...

Opportunity: NSW Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship by Australian Music Centre

Applications are now open for the inaugural NSW Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship. Valued at $30,000, the Fellowship is open to NSW-based emerging musicians and composers to support a program of professional development.  Applications for the first round close 16 July 2015.

Allan Browne 1944-2015 by Australian Music Centre

One of the greats of Australian jazz, 70-year-old drummer and composer Allan Browne, died last Saturday afternoon in Melbourne. Described by a colleague and collaborator, pianist Paul Grabowsky as 'the most important jazz musician Melbourne has produced', Allan Browne kept performing to the last despite a serious illness, and had only just released a new album, Ithaca Bound (Jazzhead), with his Allan Browne Quintet (Browne, Eugene Ball, Geoff Hughes, Nick Haywood and Phil Noy)...

Senate Inquiry - call for submissions, deadline 17 July by Australian Music Centre

[Updated 2 July: NPEA program draft guidelines are now available.] A Senate Inquiry has been established to examine the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts and the suitability and appropriateness of the establishment of a National Programme for Excellence in the Arts. Submissions to this inquiry need to be lodged by Friday 17 July.

Australia Council for the Arts - results of the first grant round in 2015 by Australian Music Centre

Substantial Australia Council for the Arts project and development grants have been secured by many artists and music organisations, including Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Super Critical Mass, Sydney Chamber Opera, Australian Art Orchestra, Kupka's Piano, Speak Percussion, artists Katy Abbott, Brigid Burke, David Chisholm, Andree Greenwell, Jonathan Little, Alexander Garsden, and many others. 

New Associate artists: Bakrnčev, Blackshaw, Marks and Rose by Australian Music Centre

Processing of the most recent round of applications for Artist representation with the AMC is almost complete and, so far, four artists have been offered Associate representation. We'd like to extend a warm welcome to Michael Bakrnčev (Victoria), Jodie Blackshaw (NSW), Nicholas Marks (Victoria), and Jeremy Rose (NSW).

Tal Cohen the 2015 Freedman Jazz Fellow by Australian Music Centre

Pianist Tal Cohen has won this year’s Freedman Jazz Fellowship after the finalists' showcase on Monday 20 July at the Sydney Opera House Studio. The other three finalists were saxophonists Peter Farrar and Mike Rivett, and vocalist Gian Slater. Tal Cohen performed with Jamie Oehlers (saxophone), Cameron Undy (bass) and Tim Firth (drums). The Freedman Jazz concert was recorded by ABC Jazz for broadcast later this year.

Australia Council's revised grants program announced by Australian Music Centre

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced changes to its grants program in response to the 2015-16 budget measures.

Senate Inquiry: AMC's submission by Australian Music Centre

Submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts, and the establishment of a National Programme for Excellence in the Arts, need to be made by tomorrow, Friday 17 July. As indicated in our earlier article, the AMC encourages our members and represented artists to express their views in a submission to the Senate Inquiry, so that a broad range of perspectives can be considered.

You can now also read the AMC's own submission, lodged today 16 July 2015. 

Opportunity: APRA Professional Development Awards 2015 by Australian Music Centre

Applications are now open for the 2015 APRA Professional Development Awards. Held every two years, the APRA PDAs aims to create serious opportunities for emerging composers and songwriters. Eight winners, to be announced in November, will be offered career support worth $15,000 each.

Onlline applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 25 August 2015.

Barney McAll joins the AMC as Associate artist by Australian Music Centre

The most recent round of applications for representation with the AMC is now complete, and we're delighted to welcome pianist, composer and arranger Barney McAll as our latest Associate artist. McAll is based in New York but is currently spending time in Sydney as the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House resident. 

2015 Art Music Awards - performers and presenters by Australian Music Centre

Details of performers and presenters at the 2015 Art Music Awards ceremony have been announced. The Awards will be held on Tuesday 11 August at the City Recital Hall in Sydney, hosted by Fenella Kernebone.

2015 Art Music Awards - finalists announced by Australian Music Centre

An impressive selection of some of Australia’s finest compositions, performances and outstanding achievements across 11 national categories have today been named as finalists for the 2015 Art Music Awards.  APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) are proud to recognise the diversity, excellence, craftsmanship and creativity of this outstanding group.

Kate Neal's Semaphore by Australian Music Centre

In her latest work Semaphore, composer Kate Neal collaborates with choreographer Timothy Walsh and director Laura Sheedy, creating 'an intriguing multimedia exploration of signalling, communication and miscommunication'. Director Laura Sheedy tells us how she approached Kate Neal's music in this production, showing in Melbourne on Wednesday 27 - Sunday 31 May.

Ulster Orchestra plays Australian music for BBC Radio 3 by Australian Music Centre

BBC Radio 3 celebrates music of the Southern Hemisphere in six concerts this August. The Ulster Orchestra, conducted by David Porcelijn and Nicholas Braithwaite, will perform a rich program of Australian music.

2015 Art Music Awards - Distinguished Services Award to Larry Sitsky by Australian Music Centre

Composer, pianist and scholar Larry Sitsky AM has been announced as the recipient of the 2015 Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.

Larry Sitsky at 2015 Art Music Awards: 'If we don't take our culture seriously, who will? by Australian Music Centre

The 2015 Art Music Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music was presented to composer, pianist and scholar Larry Sitsky AM at the Award ceremony in Sydney on 11 August 2015. Sitsky's acceptance speech draws attention to the opportunities offered by Australia to a 15-year-old refugee with a multicultural background, the many threads that form the fabric of his artistic career, as well as the crisis of arts funding in today's Australia. The Award was presented to Sitsky by Robyn Holmes, Senior Curator from the National Library of Australia.

2015 Art Music Awards - winners by Australian Music Centre

An outstanding group of individuals and organisations have been announced as winners of the 2015 Art Music Awards at a ceremony held at Sydney's City Recital Hall on Tuesday evening. The yearly gala event, organised once more by the Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS, celebrated the achievement and creative success of composers, performers and practitioners in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music. 

Leek, Walker, Whitwell at 2015 IFCM World Choral Expo by Australian Music Centre

A new initiative of the IFCM World Choral Expo, to be organised in Macau on 13 - 15 November 2015, will give the opportunity for young and aspiring composers to further their skills in an international, inspiring choral environment. There is a strong Australian involvement in the Expo this year, with Stephen Leek as Artistic Executive and Dan Walker running the workshop for young musicians with an interest in composing for choirs. Composer-pianist Sally Whitwell and conductor, music educator Debra Shearer have also been invited to be a part of the artistic staff of the Expo.

Helen Gifford - war, craft, and the making of a modernist composer by Australian Music Centre

In this interview, Melbourne-based Helen Gifford talks about her early years as a composer as well as her regular return to the subject of war. The interview was recorded for ABC RN's The Music Show and broadcast on the eve of Gifford's 80th birthday in September 2015. The following transcript, published on Resonate with permission, features material not included in the broadcast version. The interview was conducted by fellow composer Andrew Ford and began with Gifford's early Fantasy (1958) for flute and piano.

Full AMC Representation to Cave, Griswold, Hope, Keller, Skipworth & Walker by Australian Music Centre

Following a meeting of the Australian Music Centre Board earlier this week, the AMC is very pleased to offer full Representation status to six artists: Jenna Cave (NSW), Erik Griswold (Qld), Cat Hope (WA), Andrea Keller (Vic), Lachlan Skipworth (WA), and Dan Walker (Vic).

Prix Italia to Bunyah by Cathy Milliken and Dietmar Wiesner by Australian Music Centre

Cathy Milliken and Dietmar Wiesner's radio play Bunyah has won one of this year's Prix Italia prizes. 

ARIA Awards to Tamara Anna Cislowska and Barney McAll by Australian Music Centre

Pianists Barney McAll and Tamara Anna Cislowska have been announced as winners of this year's ARIA Awards. Barney McAll was awarded in the category Best Jazz Album for his album Mooroolbark (ABC Jazz), while Cislowska's award came for Complete works for solo piano by Peter Sculthorpe (ABC Classics) in the Best Classical Album category. 

AMPlify TRANCE artist development opportunity by Australian Music Centre

Experienced art music composers/creative musicians are invited to submit an expression of interest for a unique opportunity to work with trance artist MaRLo, as a part of the Australian Music Centre's artist development framework, AMPlify

2015 Art Music Awards: John Davis's speech by John Davis and Australian Music Centre

AMC's CEO John Davis's speech from the 2015 Art Music Awards ceremony at Sydney's City Recital Hall on 11 August 2015.

2016 HSC repertoire lists now online by Australian Music Centre

New HSC repertoire lists for students preparing for their NSW Higher School Certificate performance have just been made available on the AMC website. These selective lists include repertoire composed in the last 25 years, and have been put together with the New South Wales HSC mandatory topic Music of the Last 25 Years (Australian focus) in mind. 

Nominations open for the 2016 Don Banks Award by Australian Music Centre

Nominations are open for the 2016 Don Banks Music Award, as part of the 2016 Australia Council Awards. In addition to the Don Banks Music Award, nominations are also sought for Awards in literature, visual arts, emerging and experimental arts, dance, theatre, community arts and cultural development. 

Nominations for all Australia Council Awards close on Thursday 12 November. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in March. 

Works by Hsieh & Stanhope at ISCM World Music Days 2016 by Australian Music Centre

Paul Stanhope's The Land is Healed: ban.garay! (2014) for a cappella SATB choir and Annie Hsieh's work Into the Outer (2014) for 13 solo strings will be performed as part of the official program of the next ISCM World Music Days festival in Tongyeong, South Korea, in March-April 2016. 

Peggy Polias awarded the inaugural Peter Sculthorpe fellowship by Australian Music Centre

Composer and one of AMC's Associate artists Peggy Polias has been awarded the inaugural Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship.

2016 Peggy Glanville-Hicks residency to Natasha Anderson by Australian Music Centre

Composer, musician and installation artist Natasha Anderson has been announced as the 2016 artist-in-residence at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House in Paddington, Sydney.

APAM 2016 program announced by Australian Music Centre

The program of the 2016 Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) has been announced. Performing art showcases at the biennial industry event include Ensemble Offspring & Damien Ricketson's The Secret Noise; Kate Neal's multimedia project Semaphore as well as her new project Permission to Speak with ChamberMade and director Tamara Saulwick; Opera Australia's The Rabbits (by Kate Miller-Heidke & Iain Grandage), Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey's Five Short Blasts; and Luke Jaaniste's Trance Piano

APRA PDAs: finalists announced by Australian Music Centre

35 Australasian composers and songwriters across seven genres have been announced as finalists in the 2015 APRA Professional Development Awards (PDAs). 

British Composer Awards: Liza Lim & Luke Styles shortlisted by Australian Music Centre

Compositions by Liza Lim and Luke Styles are among the 36 works shortlisted for the 2015 British Composer Awards. Lim's Winding Bodies: 3 Knots (2014) was shortlisted in the 'Large Ensemble' category, while Luke Styles's science fiction youth opera Tycho's Dream, premiered by the Glyndebourne Youth Opera in November 2014, made the list in the 'Community or Educational Project' category.

AMC's Christmas/ New Year closing by Australian Music Centre

Now is a very good time to make a note of the AMC's Christmas break and put in your orders for Christmas presents to make sure they reach you in time for the holidays.

Senate Inquiry update: public hearing transcripts now available by Australian Music Centre

Transcripts are now available for all nine public hearings conducted as part of the the Senate Inquiry into the impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the arts. 1366 submissions by individuals and organisations have so far been uploaded to the Senate Committee website, with more being added daily. 

Representatives of ArtsPeak, a confederation of peak national arts organisations, met with the new Minister for the Arts, Mitch Fifield, last week. 

Composer commissioning survey - results are in by Australian Music Centre

Results of the commissioning survey, conducted recently by the UK-based Sound and Music in cooperation with the Australian Music Centre, are now ready to be published. Inclusion of the responses by 165 Australian composers and sound artists in this year's survey significantly extends the survey's reach and provides data for interesting comparisons. 

2015 Art Music Awards finalists - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre

Each year, the judging process for the Art Music Award relies on countless hours work by dedicated volunteers. The following summaries and notes about this year's Art Music Award finalists have been provided by the panels.

Peter McNamara, Aaron Kenny and Jeremy Rose win APRA PDAs by Australian Music Centre

AMC's Represented artist Peter McNamara and Associate artists Aaron Kenny and Jeremy Rose are among the eight APRA Professional Development Award winners announced today at APRA's headquarters in Ultimo, Sydney. McNamara won his Award in the Classical category, Rose was awarded in the Jazz, and Kenny in the Film & Television category. Other PDA winners are Timothy Carroll / Holy Holy, Ngaiire and Jack Carty (all three in the Popular Contemporary category); Ruby Boots (Country); and Briggs (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander).

Opportunity: Jonathan Blakeman National Composition Prize by Australian Music Centre

Offered every two years, the Jonathan Blakeman National Composition Prize by the University of New South Wales will encourage and reward music composition nationwide. Applicants are to submit a 12-15 minute piece for the Australia Ensemble's instrumentation, using at least three players.

The prize has no age limit and will be open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Participate in an international study on female composers by Australian Music Centre

The Creative Workforce Initiative (CWI) is conducting a collaborative study on the characteristics of work and the challenges and opportunities facing women composers. CWI’s Professor Dawn Bennett (Curtin University) has partnered with Associate Professor Cat Hope (Edith Cowan University), and Associate Professor Sally Macarthur (University of Western Sydney) to conduct this international study.

Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Commission to Sally Greenaway by Australian Music Centre

Composer and pianist Sally Greenaway has won the inaugural Merlyn Myer Composing Women's Commission. The Commission has been initiated by the Merlyn Myer Fund to celebrate the work of Australian female composers in collaboration with Melbourne Recital Centre. Greenaway’s commissioned work will receive its world premiere on 27 April 2016, performed by Syzygy Ensemble.

A new e-book: Jazz by Jazz Musicians by Australian Music Centre

Jazz by Jazz Musicians: School Edition is a new music education resource with BOSTES accreditation, now available through the AMC as an e-book. Jazz by Jazz Musicians features music by Warwick Alder, Gai BryantSandy Evans, Craig Scott & Alister Spence.

Opportunity: Soundstream Emerging Composers' Forum by Australian Music Centre

Soundstream Collective invites emerging composers Australia-wide to take part in the 2016 Emerging Composersʼ Forum.  The deadline for applications is 29 July 2016.

Opportunity: Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition 2016 by Australian Music Centre

Australian composers under the age of 30 are invited to submit scores, by 2 May 2016, for the Asian Composers League Young Composer Competition. 

2016 Art Music Awards - nominations are now open by Australian Music Centre

Nominations for the year's most important new music event are now open. 2016 Art Music Awards will be celebrated in Melbourne on Tuesday 16 August, and you have until 5pm on Monday 11 April  to lodge your nomination online.

NLA's Don Banks Collection: saving the recordings by Australian Music Centre

The National Library of Australia has embarked on a project to digitise and preserve the valuable original recordings by composer-performer Don Banks held in the Library's collection. Manuscripts and scores that form part of NLA's Don Banks Collection have already been made accessible, however the Banks archive also includes some 700 hours of hours of original recordings on reel-to-reel tapes and cassettes in need of preserving and digitising. 

Classical:NEXT 2016: Australian delegation complimentary registration offer by Australian Music Centre

We are thrilled to announce that the Australia Council for the Arts is offering to cover the costs of registration for Australian artists, organisations and companies attending Classical:NEXT 2016 in Rotterdam on 25-28 May 2016.

Julian Yu receives 2015 Albert H Maggs Composition Award by Australian Music Centre

The 2015 Albert H Maggs Composition Award has been presented to Julian Yu for his symphonic suite For our Natural World, a large-scale orchestral work commissioned by Tokyo's Suntory Hall.

11 artists join the Australian Music Centre by Australian Music Centre

The most recent round of applications for representation with the AMC is now complete, and we're very happy to be able to welcome the following new Associate artists: Corrina Bonshek (Qld - pictured), Mark Dunbar (Qld), Josephine Jin (Qld), Catherine Likhuta (Qld), Ruth McCall (NSW), Adam Simmons (Vic), Benjamin Skepper (Vic), Nick Tsiavos (Vic), Nick Wales (NSW) and Caitlin Yeo (NSW). Pedagogical representation has been offered to Michael Spencer (NSW).

Four emerging female composers selected for Sydney Con's new program by Australian Music Centre

A new composer development program initiated by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music gives four emerging female composers the opportunity to be mentored by renowned composers and to write for leading Australian ensembles and musicians. Participating composers in the 2-year inaugural program are Natalie Nicolas, Elizabeth Younan, Clare Johnston and Ella Macens. Nicolas, Younan and Macens are postgraduate students from the University of Sydney, while Clare Johnston is a postgraduate student from the University of Melbourne.

APRA AMCOS launches Art Music Fund by Australian Music Centre

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.

The first round of applications close at 5pm AEST on 30 April 2016.

Australian presence at Classical:NEXT (Rotterdam, May 2016) - call for delegates by Australian Music Centre

National export initiative Sounds Australia, in partnership with the Australian Music Centre, will be coordinating an Australian presence at Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam (25-28 May 2016) by investing, for the first time, in an Australian stand at the trade show. Australian delegates registering as part of the Sounds Australia stand have access to a special and limited discount code. The code will automatically discount the registration fee and will also allow Sounds Australia to have a solid understanding of the whole delegation, ensuring all participants will receive related communications in the lead-up to the event.

Australian music on air in March 2016 by Australian Music Centre

Selected broadcasts and programs with Australian music in March 2016 (on ABC Classic FM, Fine Music digital, 3MBS). Please check program listings for more Australian music.

Australian Composer Polaroid Project: 40 pairs of penetrating eyes by Andrew Ford and Australian Music Centre

Photographer Jim Rolon's Australian Composer Polaroid Project took him to meet 40 composers and sound artists, in order to capture them on a particular kind of photographic film, a threatened species during the months that the project unfolded. The Australian Music Centre is now exhibiting Jim's photographs for the first time as a series. We're thrilled to have the premiere rights to these special portraits, and hope that they will be available for viewing in a gallery setting and a much bigger format soon. In this article, Jim talks with his former neighbour Andrew Ford - who appears in one of the photographs - about meetings with his subjects, his artistic choices and his chosen photographic technique for this project. 

New education resource: Compassion by Nigel Westlake and Lior by Australian Music Centre

Written by Philip Cooney, the AMC's new kit about Nigel Westlake and Lior's song cycle Compassion is designed to introduce students in Years 9 to 12 to the range of music and compositional techniques contained in this landmark work and to allow Compassion to inspire them in their own creative endeavours.

Brett Dean wins the Don Banks Music Award by Australian Music Centre

Composer, violist and conductor Brett Dean has been awarded the prestigious Australia Council Don Banks Music Award.

2016 Paul Lowin Prizes: nominations are now open by Australian Music Centre

Perpetual and the Australian Music Centre are pleased to announce the 2016 Paul Lowin Prizes: the Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize ($25,000) and the Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize ($15,000).

Nominations are accepted from anyone, including publishers, composers and the general public. Entries should be lodged online by 5pm on 30 June 2016.

Australian music on air & online, April 2016 by Australian Music Centre

Australian music in April on ABC Classic FM, ABC Jazz, 3MBS and online as part of the Making Waves playlists.

Australian music on air & online, May 2016 by Australian Music Centre

Australian music in May on ABC Classic FM, ABC RN, ABC Jazz, 3MBS and online as part of the Making Waves playlists

AMC launches digital sheet music sales - first up, scores for clarinet by Australian Music Centre

As a result of years of work and our major digitisation project in 2013-2015, the AMC has just launched digital score sales of Australian works.

Composer David Page dies at 55 by Australian Music Centre

Award-winning composer and Bangarra's music director David Page has died on 28 April 2016 at the age of 55. He wrote music for 27 works by Bangarra, a leading Australian dance company and an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander organisation.

Australia Council - results of the February grant round by Australian Music Centre

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the results of its February grant round: more than $11 million were awarded in development and project grants. The unusually large total is due to only two rounds being offered in the 2015-16 financial year and the fact that additional funding was available after the partial return of funding to the Australia Council in late 2015.

2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards - shortlists announced by Australian Music Centre

Shortlisted artists for the 2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards have been announced. AMC represented Barney McAll and, in particular, his 2015 album Mooroolbark made the shortlists in four categories (Best Instrumental Jazz Album; Best Produced Album; Best Australian Jazz Song/Composition of the Year; and Best Australian Small Jazz Band). Other artists nominated in multiple categories were Angela Davis and her album Lady Luck, Olivia Chindamo with Keep an Eye on Spring, and Julian Wilson with his Quartet and the live album This Narrow Isthmus, featuring the late Allan Browne...

Australia Council funding - a short statement from the AMC by Australian Music Centre

While the AMC is pleased to have been successful in its application for Australia Council 4-year organisation funding, we are very aware of, and sensitive to, the plight of many of our colleagues, in music and other artforms, who now face great challenges.

We offer our support and solidarity to those in this situation. And we take very seriously the responsibility that goes with our funding success, of providing relevant and meaningful services, leadership, and advocacy for the art music sector.

Genevieve Lacey, Chair, AMC Board
John Davis CEO

Opportunity: 2016 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition by Australian Music Centre

Applications are now open for the 2016 Jean Bogan Prizes. The competition is open to all permanent residents of Australia, except for winners of the previous competition in 2014. The work does not have to be written for the Jean Bogan Competition but must be an original composition for solo piano and created after 1 January 2014.

Applicants can choose between two categories: the main Jean Bogan Prize ($8,000), and the Jean Bogan Youth Prize ($1,500) for composers under 25 years of age...

AMC secures 4-year core funding from the Australia Council for the Arts by Australian Music Centre

Australia Council for the Arts has released the list of successful applicants in the new Four Year Funding for Organisations program, providing multi-year core program funding for small to medium arts organisations of significant regional, national or international standing. The new program replaces the Council's earlier Key Organisations programs. Current funding arrangements through the Key Organisations conclude on 31 December 2016. 

The Australian Music Centre is among the music organisations funded for 2017-202

Opportunity: Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards by Australian Music Centre

Entries are now open for the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards, providing opportunities for Victorian musicians across all genres, including composers and performers. Valued at more than $130,000 in total, the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards include five categories, plus a public choice award. There are two new categories this year, including the Beleura Award for Composition, worth $25,000.

Guidelines and online entry forms are available on the Melbourne Prize for Music website. Entries for these important Awards close on 11 July at 5pm.

International Rostrum of Composers 2016 - Australian works & composers by Australian Music Centre

Lachlan SkipworthKaty Abbott Kvasnica and Andrew Aronowicz have been selected by ABC Classic FM to represent Australia at the 2016 International Rostrum of Composers. 

Meet the artist: Nicholas Marks by Australian Music Centre

2016 is shaping up to be a busy year for the Melbourne-based pianist, composer and producer Nicholas Marks. A recent addition to the roster of the AMC's represented artists, Nicholas thrives when working in multiple roles and contexts, from writing film music to arranging, producing and performing. You can catch Nicholas with his Trio at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival on 10 and 12 June

A new composer house for WA: Andrew Batt-Rawden the first resident by Australian Music Centre

Sydney composer Andrew Batt-Rawden has been announced as the inaugural Feilman Foundation Composer in Residence at the National Trust of Australia (WA)’s property Gallop House in Perth, Western Australia

Labor vows to restore Australia Council funding, boost AMC & Sounds Australia by $5.4M by Australian Music Centre

Labor goes to the election promising to restore and significantly increase arts funding, according to their policy announcement this morning. Labor's policy includes details about measures in several areas within the arts, such as returning and adding funding to the Australia Council for the Arts, and boosting the live music industry. The Australian Music Centre and export initiative Sounds Australia are singled out in the funding announcement for a special $5.4 million investment.

Queen's Birthday honours to Gill, Ford, Ceberano, Vartoukian by Australian Music Centre

Musicians recognised for their services to music in the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours list include conductor Richard Gill (AO), singer-songwriter Kate Ceberano (AM), and composer Andrew Ford (OAM)...

Luke Styles named in inaugural class of PRS For Music Foundation Composers’ Fund by Australian Music Centre

AMC's Associate artist Luke Styles has been named to the inaugural class of the UK-based PRS For Music Foundation Composers’ Fund. Styles, along with eight other composers, will be supported through this new fund as they develop their work. His grant will be used to cover research and development for a new 'Neo Baroque' opera. 

The annual £150,000 fund offers composers direct access to funding..

Australian music on air & online, June 2016 by Australian Music Centre

Australian music in June on ABC Classic FM, ABC RN, ABC Jazz, 3MBS, Fine Music 102.5, and online as part of the Making Waves playlists.

2016 Art Music Awards - Genevieve Lacey's speech by Australian Music Centre and Genevieve Lacey

'We in this room have the collective capacity to imagine identity: Australian music and musicians have a huge part to play in shaping who we are as a nation.' Read in full the speech given by the Chair of the AMC Board, Genevieve Lacey, at the Art Music Awards ceremony in Melbourne on Tuesday 16 August 2016.

2016 Australian Jazz Bell Awards - McAll, Nock, Chindamo by Australian Music Centre

The 2016 Australian Jazz Bell Award winners include the AMC's Represented artists Barney McAll (Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album for Mooroolbark; Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year for 'Nectar Spur'), Mike Nock (Best Produced Album for Beginning And End of Knowing - with Laurence Pike), and Joe Chindamo who was inducted into the Graeme Bell Hall of Fame.

2016 Freedman Jazz Fellowship finalists: McLean, O'Connor and Sweeting by Australian Music Centre

The 2016 Freedman Jazz Fellowship finalists are drummer James McLean and pianists Joseph O'Connor and Luke Sweeting. The finalists will compete for the $20,000 cash prize in a live performance 'play-off' at the Sydney Opera House on Monday 1 August at 7:30pm.

Inaugural Art Music Fund grants awarded to 12 composers by Australian Music Centre

Twelve composers have been awarded grants worth a total of $100,000 in the inaugural Art Music Fund, presented by APRA AMCOS with support from the Australian Music Centre.

Australian music on air & online, September 2016 by Australian Music Centre

Australian music in September on ABC Classic FM, ABC RN, ABC Jazz, 3MBS, and online as part of the Making Waves playlists.

Gabriella Smart to curate 2016 Art Music Awards in Melbourne by Australian Music Centre

The Art Music Awards, an annual event staged jointly by the Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS, will return to Melbourne this August to honour Australia’s most outstanding talent in the fields of contemporary classical, electroacoustic, improvised and experimental music, and contemporary jazz. The black-tie industry event will be held on Tuesday 16 August in Melbourne.

Taking on the role of Art Music Awards music curator for the very first time is acclaimed pianist and passionate champion of Australian contemporary music, Gabriella Smart. 

2016 Art Music Awards: WINNERS by Australian Music Centre

Winners have been announced across 11 national categories and 8 state / territory categories for the 2016 Art Music Awards at a gala event at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne on Tuesday. This year’s list of winners features a diverse group of Australia’s established as well as emerging artists.

Australian music on air & online, August 2016 by Australian Music Centre

Australian music in August on ABC Classic FM, ABC RN, ABC Jazz, 3MBS, and online as part of the Making Waves playlists

Nine new Associate Artists join the AMC by Australian Music Centre

The AMC extends a warm welcome to nine new Associate artists, following the completion of the most-recent round of applications: Jeremy Alsop (Vic), Jonathan Dimond (Vic), Mace Francis (WA), Lisa Illean (NSW/London), Bradley Kunda (NSW), David John Lang (SA), Chris McNulty (Vic), Christian O'Brien (Vic), and Amanda Stewart (NSW).

2016 Art Music Awards: finalists announced by Australian Music Centre

The finalists for the 2016 Art Music Awards have been announced. From jazz compositions and large-scale symphonic pieces to vocal, chamber and instrumental works and experimental projects, the list of finalists in 11 Award categories reflects the diversity and the high quality of contemporary art music written, composed and performed in 2015.

Finalists in multiple categories include composers Elliott Gyger (for the opera Fly Away Peter in the Vocal/Choral work of the Year and Performance of the Year categories), Paul Grabowsky (two works shortlisted for Jazz Work of the Year, with Niko Schäuble and the Young Wägilak Group, respectively) and Andrew Schultz (two works shortlisted for Vocal/Choral work of the Year). Other Work of the Year finalists include Tristan Coelho, Mary Finsterer, Paul Jarman, Georges Lentz, and Catherine Milliken...

Opportunity: Albert H Maggs Composition Award 2016 by Australian Music Centre

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music invites submissions for the 2016 Albert H Maggs Composition Award. This Award is provided as a commission for Australian composers for the creation of a musical work of a substantial nature. The value of the award offered will be approximately $7,000 for the commissioned musical work, with approximately $3,000 performance subsidy also provided. Applications for this scholarship close on Monday 5 September 2016.

Drummer James McLean the 2016 Freedman Jazz Fellow by Australian Music Centre

Drummer and composer James McLean has been named the 2016 Freedman Jazz Fellow. 

Opportunity: Willgoss Choral Composition Prize by Australian Music Centre

The Willgoss Choral Composition Prize by UNSW Australia is aimed at encouraging and promoting the creation of original works for unaccompanied choir, in support of the choral program at the University's Music Performance Unit. One winner will receive a cash prize of $3000 in addition to the opportunity to have their score performed by the Burgundian Consort in its annual evening recital in September 2017. Applications deadline is 31 January 2017.

Presenters and performances at the 2016 Art Music Awards by Australian Music Centre

Along with the announcement of the recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award, details of presenters and program of the 2016 Art Music Awards event have also been made public today.

Helen Gifford recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award by Australian Music Centre

APRA AMCOS and the AMC are proud to announce that composer Helen Gifford OAM will be the recipient of the Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award for 2016. 

Opportunity: 2017 David Harold Tribe Symphony Award by Australian Music Centre

Applications are now open for the second David Harold Tribe Symphony Award, worth $12,000 and hosted by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Resident Australian composers are invited to submit a new symphonic composition of 20 minutes or more. The deadline for submissions is 11.55pm, Monday 3 October 2016

Freedman Classical Fellowship finalists and concert by Australian Music Centre

The three finalists of the 2016 Freedman Classical Fellowship are violist Stefanie Farrands, percussionist Kaylie Melville and pianist Alex Raineri. The annual Fellowship awards one classical instrumentalist with a scholarship of $20,000 to undertake a career-enhancing creative project. For the first time in the Fellowship's 15-year history, the winner will be announced at a finals concert in Eugene Goosens Hall, Ultimo, on Saturday 17 September. The event will be broadcast live by ABC Classic FM.

New 'Prelude' network of composer residencies - applications are now open by Australian Music Centre

Applications are now open for the new 'Prelude' network of composer residencies, housed in Australian historical buildings. Beginning with two houses in two states in 2017 - the well-known Peggy Glanville-Hicks composer house in Sydney and the new Gallop House residency in Perth - the new program aims to grow to four residencies in 2018, and more beyond that. The year-long residencies are open to composers of any genre, of any age (from 18 years) and any career stage.

ISCM World Music Days 2017 in Canada - call for works by Australian Music Centre

The call for works is now open for the 2017 ISCM World Music Days in Vancouver, Canada, on 2-8 November 2017. As the Australian section of the ISCM, the Australian Music Centre is looking for scores, projects or installations to include in their official submission. The AMC will convene a panel who will select six works for consideration by the ISCM festival jury. The deadline for submissions to the Australian section is 30 September.

Classical:NEXT 2017 - call for proposals by Australian Music Centre

The call for proposals is now open for the 2017 edition of Classical:NEXT. This important industry forum, expo and networking event will take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on 17 - 20 May 2017.

Finalists for the Melbourne Prize 2016 and Awards by Australian Music Centre

Finalists of the Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 and Awards have been announced. Composer Liza Lim has been shortlisted for the main $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music, while all five finalists for the new $25,000 Beleura Award for Composition are AMC-represented composers...

2016 Art Music Awards finalists - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre

The following summaries and notes about the 2016 Art Music Award finalists have been provided by the judging panels. This year, we thank the following people for their dedicated work...

AMPlify: Indigenous Composer Initiative launched by Australian Music Centre

Australian Music Centre, together with Moogahlin Performing Arts, APRA AMCOS, the Australian National University School of Music and Ensemble Offspring, have launched a new initiative aimed at supporting and mentoring emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander composers in new music and jazz. A part of the new AMPlify framework of artist development program, the Indigenous Composer Initiative will take place in NSW and ACT over 2016 and 2017.

Australia Council June grant round: Fellowship to Sandy Evans by Australian Music Centre

Saxophonist and composer Sandy Evans has been awarded an Australia Council Fellowship as a result of the June grant round. Other grant recipients include...

Australian music on air & online, October 2016 by Australian Music Centre

Australian music in August on ABC Classic FM, ABC RN, ABC Jazz, 3MBS, and online as part of the Making Waves playlists.

2017 HSC repertoire lists now online by Australian Music Centre

New HSC repertoire lists for students preparing for their NSW Higher School Certificate performance in 2017 are now available on the AMC website. Students and teachers in other states can also take advantage of these lists to add Australian works to their performance repertoire. We have prepared lists for 16 instruments, from bassoon to voice.

Clarinettist Jason Noble is again presenting a series of radio programs on Fine Music digital about choosing HSC repertoire...

Nominations open for the 2017 Don Banks Music Award by Australian Music Centre

The Australia Council for the Arts is calling for nominations for the 2017 Australia Council Awards, including the prestigious Don Banks Music Award. The closing date for nominations is 4 October.

Soundstream Emerging Composers Forum 2016: participants by Australian Music Centre

Participants of the 2016 Soundstream Emerging Composers Forum, to be held in Adelaide on 28-30 November, have been announced. Leah Blankendaal (SA), Mitchell Mollison (VIC), Daniel Thorpe (SA), Alex Turley (WA) and Mark Wolf (QLD) will be mentored by composers Cat Hope, Alison Isadora and Gao Ping.

2016 Albert H Maggs Award to Peter Knight by Australian Music Centre

Peter Knight has won the 2016 Albert H Maggs Award for his work Diomira. The winning work was commissioned by the Australian Art Orchestra and premiered at the Metropolis New Music Festival in May. The Maggs Award comes in the form of a commission ($7,000 plus a $3000 performance subsidy), which Knight is intending to use by developing this same piece into a full-length concert work...

Meet the artist: David John Lang by Australian Music Centre

David John Lang sees himself as a musical storyteller. The young Adelaide-based composer, now an Associate artist with the AMC, writes concert music that often has a strong narrative element. Nursery rhymes, wilderness adventures and even recipes have found their way into his music, and while audiences may be unsure what to expect stylistically (recent compositions have explored atonality, pastiche and minimalist processes), they know that there will be a story embedded in the music, probably hinted at in a carefully-crafted program note.

Ross Edwards awarded Tribe Symphony Award 2016 by Australian Music Centre

Ross Edwards has won the 2016 David Harold Tribe Symphony Award for 2016 for his work Frog and Star Cycle (2015), a double concerto for alto saxophone, percussion and orchestra.

Asian Composers League festival underway in Vietnam by Australian Music Centre

Works by five Australian composers are included in the program of the Asian Composers League (ACL) festival, taking place next week in Vietnam. The 34th instalment of this festival and the associated conference takes place in Hanoi and Vinh Yen, Vietnam, on 12-18 October 2016.

Shortlisted works for the 2016 Paul Lowin Prizes by Australian Music Centre

Six outstanding Australian compositions have been announced as finalists for the 2016 Paul Lowin Prizes.

Australian music on air & online, November 2016 by Australian Music Centre

ABC's Australian music month experiments with something entirely new this time around, with ABC Classic FM taking over the digital radio station ABC Extra in order to broadcast exclusively Australian music for the whole of November, 24 hours a day.

Caitlin Yeo, Roger Mason winners at the Screen Music Awards by Australian Music Centre

AMC-represented artists Caitlin Yeo and Roger Mason are among the winners of the 2016 Screen Music Awards. Winners of 12 categories were announced at the Awards ceremony in Sydney yesterday, presented by APRA AMCOS together with the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC).

ISCM World New Music Days 2017, Canada: Australian works submitted by Australian Music Centre

The Australian ISCM Section's official submission for the 2017 ISCM World New Music Days in Vancouver, Canada (2-8 November 2017) includes the following works:

Allan Zavod 1945-2016 by Australian Music Centre

Pianist-composer Dr Allan Zavod has died peacefully at his home among family and friends on the evening of Monday 28 November 2016.

Art Music Fund returns with $100,000 in grants by Australian Music Centre

Applications have today opened for the second round of significant funding for new commissioned work from the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund. Deadline: 21 February at 5pm AEDT.

AMPlify Germany: calling for EOIs by 31 January by Australian Music Centre

Experienced composers/creative musicians are invited to submit an expression of interest for a unique opportunity to work with German jazz pianist Julia Kadel, as a part of AMC's artist development framework, AMPlify. Fully funded travel, accommodation, and a commission fee are part of this initiative, made possible through a partnership between the Australian Music Centre and the APRA AMCOS SongHubs program.

Classical:NEXT Fellows Program - call for expressions of interest by Australian Music Centre

The Australian Music Centre and APRA AMCOS are pleased to open a call for expressions of interest in being part of the 2017 Classical:NEXT Fellows Program. Deadline  for EOIs is 3 January 2017.

2016 Melbourne Prize: Kutcha Edwards, Kate Neal, Scott Tinkler, Matthias Schack-Arnott by Australian Music Centre

AMC's Represented composer Kate Neal has won the inaugural $25,000 Beleura Award for Composition, announced yesterday as part of the Melbourne Prize for Music and Awards. The main Award, the $60,000 Melbourne Prize for Music went to singer-songwriter Kutcha Edwards. Composer, improviser and trumpeter Scott Tinkler is the recipient of the $30,000 Outstanding Musicians Award 2016 for his recent work Whale.  Percussionist and composer Matthias Schack-Arnott was announced as the recipient of the $16,000 Development Award.

AMC's Christmas closing in 2016 by Australian Music Centre

The AMC will be closed for a few days around Christmas and the New Year, closing on Friday 23 December at 1pm and reopening on Tuesday 3 January 2017 at 9:30am. Orders received over the holidays will be processed from 3 January.

AMPlify Indigenous Composer Initiative in full swing by Australian Music Centre

AMPlify Indigenous Composer Initiative is now in full swing, and five participants have been confirmed: Rhyan Clapham, Brenda Gifford, Tim Gray, Troy Russell and Elizabeth Sheppard. Representing different communities from WA and NSW, the youngest of the participants are in their mid-20s, the eldest in their mid-60s.

2016 Paul Lowin Prizes to Lachlan Skipworth and Brett Dean by Australian Music Centre

Lachlan Skipworth and Brett Dean have emerged as winners of the 2016 Paul Lowin Prizes after a very competitive round with a record 126 entries submitted.

Glanville-Hicks and Gallop House residencies to Jon Rose and Mace Francis by Australian Music Centre

Jon Rose and Mace Francis have been announced as recipients of two composer residencies as part of the new Prelude composer residency program.

Australia Council September 2016 grant round by Australian Music Centre

The Australia Council has announced the successful grant recipients of their most recent funding round. In an increasingly competitive environment, substantial grants between $20,000 and $50,000, for projects and activities by individuals and groups, were secured by...

Australian delegation at Classical:NEXT 2017 is taking shape by Australian Music Centre

The Australian delegation to Classical:NEXT 2017 in Rotterdam in May is taking shape, following the large delegation that took part in this industry forum, expo and networking event last year. 

Classical:NEXT Fellows: Kaylie Melville and Leah Blankendaal by Australian Music Centre

Australian participants in the 2017 Classical:NEXT Fellows Programs have been selected from a highly competitive field of applicants. Two Australians, composer and broadcaster Leah Blankendaal (SA) and percussionist Kaylie Melville (VIC), will participate in the program in Rotterdam in May, supported with funds from APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre.

2017 Australia Day honours: Larry Sitsky by Australian Music Centre

The 2017 Australia Day honours list has recognised composer, Emeritus Professor Larry Sitsky 'for his distinguished service to the arts as a composer and concert pianist, to music education as a researcher and mentor, and through musical contributions to Australia's contemporary culture'. Sitsky was appointed Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia.

Art Music Fund set to grow through crowdfunding by Australian Music Centre

With only a few days more to go until applications close for the Art Music Fund on 21 February, APRA AMCOS has announced a crowdfunding drive to increase the $100,000 pool of funds available for composers to create new work and have it performed widely. The 'Double the Score' campaign is realised in partnership with the Australian Cultural Fund (ACF) and the fundraising page can be found here.

Tomasz Spiewak (1936-2017) by Australian Music Centre

Composer and educator Tomasz Spiewak passed away on 7 February 2017.

12 new Associate artists join the AMC by Australian Music Centre

We're extremely happy to start the year by welcoming 12 new Associate artists, following the most recent round of applications. [Updated 23 February - there are now 14 new Represented artists.]

2017 Art Music Awards - nominations are open! by Australian Music Centre

Nominations for the 2017 Art Music Awards are now open. The most important new music event of the year will be celebrated in Sydney on Tuesday 22 August 2017, presented by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre.

Women in the Creative Arts - call for submissions by Australian Music Centre

The School of Music at the Australian National University has announced a call for papers and submissions for an innovative research conference Women in the Creative Arts, to be held at the ANU on 10-12 August 2017. Women composers are also invited to submit scores for piano trio, for performance during the conference.

The Composer Speaks II ebook now available by Australian Music Centre

The Composer Speaks II is perhaps the most interesting volume in the series of conference proceedings previously published by the AMC, and now it's available as an eBook. Some contentious issues were debated during the Australian New Music Conference in Brisbane in 1990 - the time of the so-called 'style wars', sparked by the 'Adelaide Pastoral Company's' manifestos attacking new complexity in contemporary composition. Also worth revisiting is the transcript of a panel discussion with international composers David Del Tredici, Kurt Schwertsik, Sofia Gubaidulina and John Corigliano, discussing the question of form.

Opportunity: APRA Professional Development Awards by Australian Music Centre

Applications are now open for the 2017 APRA Professional Development Awards. Held every two years, the APRA PDAs create opportunities for emerging composers and songwriters. Winners will be offered career support worth $15,000 each, plus other prizes. Online applications close at 5pm AEST on Thursday 27 April 2017.

Opportunity: Merlyn Myer Composing Women's Commission by Australian Music Centre

The Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Commission supports one professional female composer in Australia per year. Expressions of interest are now open and close on Monday 20 March 2017 at 5pm AEST.

Australia Council Awards: Lyn Williams and Madeleine Flynn by Australian Music Centre

Conductor and Artistic Director of Gondwana Choirs Lyn Williams OAM has been awarded the prestigious Don Banks Music Award. Banks Award was announced today as one of eight Australia Council Awards acknowledging the significant contribution by artists in Australia. Also acknowledged this year is the work of sound artist Madeleine Flynn who receives her Award in the category of Emerging and Experimental Arts Award.

Liza Lim joins the Sydney Con to mentor female composers by Australian Music Centre

Composer Liza Lim is joining the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music in order to mentor female composers and develop the next edition of the national women composers’ development program, set up by the Conservatorium last year. Recent appointments at the Conservatorium also include digital music experts Benjamin Carey and Daniel Blinkhorn.

2016 Jean Bogan Piano Prize to Paul Copeland by Australian Music Centre

Melbourne-based composer Paul Copeland has won the 2016 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition for his work Audacious Binary Forms. The main prize in this competition attracts the sum of $8,000. The Jean Bogan Youth Prize ($1,500) went to Queensland composer John Rotar for his Sonatine.

Inaugural Willgoss Choral Prize to Matthew Orlovich by Australian Music Centre

Composer Matthew Orlovich has won the inaugural Willgoss Choral Composition competition, presented by the University of NSW. His winning work Sonnet, to the comet of 1825 will be rehearsed and performed by the Burgundian Consort next spring. The winner of the competition is awarded the cash prize of $3000.

Myer Music Commission to Andrea Keller by Australian Music Centre

Pianist and composer Andrea Keller has been announced as the 2017 Merlyn Myer Music Commission Recipient. Keller will compose a new work for performance by Ensemble Offspring in November 2017. The Myer Music Commission aims at supporting outstanding Australian female composers. It was initiated by the Merlyn Myer Fund and co-developed by the Fund and the Melbourne Recital Centre.

2017 Art Music Fund recipients announced by Australian Music Centre

More than $110,000 has been awarded to nine composers for the creation of new works through the second funding round of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund. The 2017 recipients are Natasha Anderson, Newton Armstrong, Lisa CheneyErik GriswoldAnnie Hsieh, Eve Klein, Dylan Lardelli, Kate Moore and Eugene Ughetti. 66% of funds available this year went to the five female composers.

Register for Classical:NEXT now by Australian Music Centre

The Australian delegation is taking shape to attend Classical:Next in Rotterdam from 17-20 May, with 18 Australians registered so far. This Friday (7 April) is the last day to register at the discounted late registration rate, after which the registration fee rises - for details, see the registration page.

ISCM World New Music Days 2017: Skipworth's Clarinet Quintet selected by Australian Music Centre

Lachlan Skipworth's Clarinet Quintet The eternal (2016) has been selected for performance at the 2017 ISCM World New Music Days in Vancouver, Canada (2-8 November 2017).

Australia Council February 2017 grant round by Australian Music Centre

The AMC's Represented artists Iain Grandage, Matthew Hindson, Catherine Likhuta, Cathy Milliken, Rosalind Page, Andrián Pertout, Hollis Taylor and Yitzhak Yedid are among the successful music grant recipients from the first Australia Council for the Arts funding round for 2017.

Brett Dean's Hamlet at Glyndebourne by Australian Music Centre

One of the major events of the 2017 Australian new music year will take place on 11 June in the UK, when Brett Dean and Matthew Jocelyn's opera Hamlet will receive its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival. 

Richard Toop (1945-2017) by Australian Music Centre

Richard Toop, the eminent Sydney musicologist, died on Monday 19 June 2017 at the age of 71.

Queen's Birthday Honours: Ann Carr-Boyd by Australian Music Centre

The 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours have recognised composer Ann Carr-Boyd for her 'significant service to the performing arts and classical music as a composer, pianist, teacher and musicologist'. Carr-Boyd was appointed Member (AM) of the Order of Australia.

Kate Moore wins the Matthijs Vermeulen Award by Australian Music Centre

Kate Moore has won the prestigious Dutch composition prize Matthijs Vermeulen Award for her work The Dam. The prize, worth E20,000 ($29,500) will be presented to Moore in an event in the Hague in December.

2017 Art Music Awards: finalists announced by Australian Music Centre

Finalists for the 2017 Art Music Awards have been announced, with a diverse mix of former winners and first-time finalists making up this year's shortlists.

2017 APRA Professional Development Awards: finalists by Australian Music Centre

APRA Professional Development Awards finalists have been announced. Five AMC-represented artists have made the Classical shortlist: Katy Abbott, Tristan Coelho, Amanda Cole, Julian Day and Nicole Murphy. Andrea Keller was shortlisted in the Jazz category, and Amy Bastow made it to the shortlist in the Film and Television category.

Graham Wood (1971-2017) by Australian Music Centre

Jazz pianist Graham Wood (1971-2017), a driving force in the West Australian jazz community, has died on Wednesday 19 July at the age of 46. 

Opportunity: Create NSW fellowships by Australian Music Centre

Create NSW is calling on artists and creative practitioners, groups and partnerships from across the state to apply for Fellowships that enable professional and personal development as well as career advancement across a diverse slate of artforms and practices. One of the Fellowships on offer is the $30,000 Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship for a NSW-based emerging composer. 

Music is the winner: Australia Council's National Arts Participation Survey by Australian Music Centre

The Australia Council for the Arts has released the results of its National Arts Participation Survey, measuring Australians' engagement with the arts in 2016. According to the results, an impressive 98% of Australians engage with the arts. Younger Australians (aged 15-24 years) create and experience the arts at the highest rates. One in four give time or money to the arts, reflecting the value of the arts in the lives of Australians. Music is the most popular art form, with 97% of population listening to recorded music and more than half attending live music events...

APRA Professional Development Awards to Julian Day and Andrea Keller by Australian Music Centre

Jazz pianist and composer Andrea Keller and composer and sound artist Julian Day are among the nine lucky winners of this year's APRA Professional Development Awards.

New opportunity for female composers: Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize by Australian Music Centre

As part of the initiative to support female composers in their career aspirations, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, part of the University of Sydney, offers a new composition prize worth $7,000. 

Janet Seidel (1955-2017) by Australian Music Centre

The Australian vocalist and pianist Janet Seidel died on Monday 7 August 2017.

Opportunity: Albert H Maggs Composition Award 2017 by Australian Music Centre

The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music is again inviting submissions for the 2017 Albert H Maggs Composition Award. This Award is provided as a commission for Australian composers for the creation of a musical work of a substantial nature. The value of the award offered will be approximately $7,000 for the commissioned musical work, with approximately $3,000 performance subsidy also provided. Applications for this scholarship close at 11:59pm Monday 4 September.

19 new artists join the AMC by Australian Music Centre

We are very pleased to have just offered representation to a very exciting and diverse group of artists, from emerging to established, following the most recent round of applications.

Opportunity: Prelude Composer Residencies in NSW, WA and SA by Australian Music Centre

Applications for Prelude composer residencies in three states are open and close on 4 September 2017.

2017 Art Music Awards: John Pochée to receive the Distinguished Services Award by Australian Music Centre

Legendary jazz drummer and bandleader John Pochée OAM will receive the Distinguished Services to Australian Music honour at the 2017 Art Music Awards on Tuesday 22 August at the City Recital Hall in Sydney.

Chris Williams wins the Chopin Composition Competition by Australian Music Centre

Chris Williams's work Toccare has been awarded the first prize of $2,000 in the composition competition organised as part of the 3rd Australian International Chopin Piano Competition.

Patrick Thomas (1932-2017) by Australian Music Centre

2017 Art Music Awards: winners by Australian Music Centre

An exciting group of composers, performers and educators, including several first-time recipients, were announced as the winners of the 2017 Art Music Awards on Tuesday 22 August. 

2017 Art Music Awards finalists: comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre

The following summaries and notes about the 2017 Art Music Awards finalists have been provided by the judging panels. We thank the following people for their dedicated work... 

Cathy Milliken joins the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra by Australian Music Centre

Composer Cathy Milliken has been appointed the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Composer in Association for a period of three years from 2018. The appointment includes the commission of three major works, as well as other involvement as part of the ASO's leadership team, including outreach and participatory projects. 

Freedman Classical Fellowship nominees and finalists by Australian Music Centre

Nominees for the 2017 Freedman Classical Music Fellowship and details about their proposed creative projects have been confirmed. [Updated 21 August - finalists.]

Freedman Classical Fellowship to Matthew Kneale by Australian Music Centre

Melbourne bassoonist Matthew Kneale has been selected as the winner of the $20,000 Freedman Classical Fellowship after his performance at the final Freedman Fellowship concert at the ABC's Eugene Goossens Hall in Sydney on Saturday 9 September. The other two finalists were flautist Tamara Kohler and pianist Alex Raineri.

Yitzhak Yedid wins a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship by Australian Music Centre

Composer and pianist Yitzhak Yedid has won a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, worth $160,000 over a two-year period.

Australia Council grants: Black, Charody, Finsterer, Lim, Mills, Neal by Australian Music Centre

AMC-represented Colin Black, Chloe Charody, Mary Finsterer, Liza Lim, Richard Mills and Kate Neal are among the successful grant recipients from the most recent round of arts funding from the Australia Council for the Arts.