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The MOMENTUM Commissions

In 2020, the Australian Music Centre announced a new commissioning initiative: MOMENTUM.

MOMENTUM sought to connect artists with the generous support of private philanthropists for professional opportunities to create new musical work. Three rounds of commissions were facilitated that year, seeing the creation of new works by five Australian composers: Rae Howell, Zinia Chan, Anne Cawrse, Nicole Murphy, and Elizabeth Younan.

This year, we re-ignite MOMENTUM to continue fostering connections between supporters and creators of Australian art music and provide a creative platform for composers and sounds artists at all stages of their career. The work of creating art is essential, and the MOMENTUM Commissions seek to provide the stimulation artists need to flourish in the creative industries.


The current MOMENTUM Commission seeks two artists to each compose a work inspired by nature and the Australian environment. The works should be written for a small chamber ensemble (at least 2 instruments) and solo voice, 6 to 10 minutes in duration. Use of electronics is accepted.

Commissioned artists will be awarded $2,500 each. We encourage a portion of the funds to be used towards a performance of the work.

The Australian Music Centre acknowledges the generous support of Hendrik Prins for this commission.


Composers at any stage of their career are eligible to apply, including emerging artists. Applicants must be either a current member of the AMC (join online here), or an AMC Represented Artist. While the program is open to all Australian composers, First Nations composers, gender diverse composers, and culturally diverse composers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Submitting an Expression of Interest

Your EOI must include:

  • A short biography (max. 300 words)
  • A descriptive overview of your existing works (max 200 words), with a link to a full list and audio samples, where available.
  • A proposal of what you are looking to compose based on the commission brief, and how the work will reflect the Australian environment. (max. 300 words)
  • You may include additional supporting material, such as:
  • An endorsement, or evidence of confirmation of a future performance from a performer/presenter.
  • A plan for how your work might be realised, or
  • A description of how this commission might contribute to a larger project.

  • Timeline

    Applications close on Friday 13 May 2022, 5pm AEST.

    Updated: Commission recipients will be notified by Monday 20 June 2022.
    Recipients will be announced publicly in the following week commencing 27 June, 2022.
    Project completion date to be negotiated with successful applicants.