12 September 2018
Current opportunities for female composers
Ensemble Offspring's Noisy Women opportunity is open for submissions, with the deadline for applications on 12 October. Sydney Conservatorium's Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize is open for applications until 25 January 2019.
Noisy Women Commission
Submissions are open for Ensemble Offspring's Noisy Women commission for emerging Australian female composers - applications for this opportunity are due by 12 October. The commission is designed to provide significant creative freedom to an emerging composer, foster her artistic development throughout the year and provide an opportunity for the new work to be workshopped closely with members of Ensemble Offspring and presented in a high-profile concert. The value of the prize is a $3,500 cash commission fee, two workshop sessions with Ensemble Offspring and professional documentation of the premiere. The work can be up to 12 minutes in length and should be for the combination of flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello, or an agreed subset thereof. Use of electronics and multimedia can be discussed.
The new work will be workshopped in 2019 and performed in 2020 by Ensemble Offspring, as part of their ongoing celebration and support of female composers.
> Applications close at midnight AEDST on Friday 12 October. Details and online applications.
Sue W Chamber Music Composition Prize
Applications are also open for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's annual composition prize of $7,000 to support a female composer (Australian citizen or permanent resident) in their career aspirations. The prize is sponsored by Mrs Sue Willgoss and associate professor Richard Willgoss. There is one financial award to be granted to the value of $7,000. In addition, the winning work will be programmed in the 2019 Sydney Conservatorium of Music Modern Music Ensemble season.
Applications should include a an original piece of chamber music of 10-12 minutes' duration, written for a quartet of acoustic instruments, one of which may be a voice if desired, not derived from any work previously publicly performed before 2016.
> Applications close at 3pm (AEDST) on Friday 25 January 2019. Full details and online applications.
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