11 art music composers have been awarded $7,500 grants for new projects.
This year's $82,500 total allocation will support new works from composers Andrew Ford, Aviva Endean, Brooke Green, Connor D'Netto, Elizabeth Jigalin, Jasmin Wing-Yin Leung, Nadia Freeman, Netanela Mizrahi, Salina Fisher, Victoria Pham and Will Guthrie.
The Art Music Fund is a partnership of APRA AMCOS, the Australian Music Centre and SOUNZ.
Eleven composers from Australia and New Zealand are the recipients of the Art Music Fund, with each receiving a $7,500 grant towards the commission of a proposed work.
The Art Music Fund is an initiative of APRA AMCOS, in partnership with the Australian Music Centre and New Zealand's SOUNZ.
The 2023 Art Music Fund recipients are Andrew Ford, Aviva Endean, Brooke Green, Connor D'Netto, Elizabeth Jigalin, Jasmin Wing-Yin Leung, Nadia Freeman, Netanela Mizrahi, Salina Fisher, Victoria Pham and Will Guthrie.
This year's $82,500 total allocation will support a range of fascinating new projects both personal and global in scale. Commissions range from the story of an Irish convict who lived her last days in a Sydney asylum, an adaption of Maeve Marsden's 'Queerstories', a Chinese-Australian sonic history, the next chapter in The Djari Project, an electronic work about indentured Indian labourers sent to Fiji, and more.
Since 2016, the fund has granted more than half a million dollars to new works that have been presented in Australia, New Zealand and around the world at concert halls, festivals, and immersive settings. As repeat recipients in this round, Aviva Endean (2020) and Connor D'Netto (2018), have both seen their profiles increase in recent years.
The successful applicants’ compositions demonstrate the high level of creativity, innovation and collaboration happening amidst the challenges facing the sector.
Based between Sydney and Paris, composer Victoria Pham's 'An Old Belief' song cycle will be premiered as part of the European-Australian Chamber Music Festival in 2024, where she holds the inaugural position of composer-in-residence.
She is also a current PhD candidate in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.
2023 Art Music Fund recipient Victoria Pham:
I am particularly grateful for the Art Music Fund for its history and mission to support more experimental art music works, thus giving an opportunity to such a vibrantly diverse collection of works to breathe into music, and making a financial investment for emerging and early-career composers such as myself.
Catherine Haridy, CEO, Australian Music Centre
We are truly inspired by the eleven projects selected for this year’s Art Music Fund and delighted to see many different musical practices and cultural perspectives represented among them. We congratulate the recipients and look forward to seeing the development of their work.
Diana Marsh, Chief Executive | Tumu Whakarae, SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music
SOUNZ is delighted to again work with APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre on the 2023 Art Music Fund which includes two New Zealand recipients. We were impressed with the calibre of applications and the projects selected demonstrate the rich diversity of music practice, composition and collaboration that continues to develop in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Adam Townsend, Director, Writer Services APRA AMCOS
The wealth of amazing applications for the Art Music Fund continue to showcase the need for important, ground-breaking, and career-changing work to be funded. APRA AMCOS is proud to be giving these deserving recipients the support they need to create their own new music to share with performers, curators and music lovers, all over the world.
Art Music Fund applications were assessed on the viability of the proposed project, the quality of the work, and the strategy for the life and reach of the work.
View the full list of past recipients.