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29 April 2020

2020 Art Music Fund grants announced

Jodi Rose's <em>Singing Bridges</em> project has already taken her all over the world - here in Bizovik, Slovenia. Image: Jodi Rose's Singing Bridges project has already taken her all over the world - here in Bizovik, Slovenia.  
© Luka Princic

Ten Australian composers are the recipients of the latest grants from APRA AMCOS and Australian Music Centre's Art Music Fund, taking the all-time funding total to more than $500,000 over five years. This year's $100,000 allocation will support a range of new projects as they come to life, including urban art installations, video and sound works and an a cappella collaboration.

The 2020 Art Music Fund recipients are: Kristin Berardi, Leah Blankendaal, Olivia Davies, Aviva Endean, Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey, Thomas Meadowcroft, Maria Moles, Jodi Rose and Jon Rose.

Jana Gibson, Head of Member Services, APRA AMCOS, said: 'As working conditions for our members are changing dramatically on a global scale, we're pleased to provide some certainty to support the creation of new work this year through the Art Music Fund. An incredible selection of compositions have been identified reflecting a diverse range of talented composers and themes. We look forward to experiencing the stories they'll share with us at the completion of these projects.'

John Davis, CEO of the AMC said, 'Diversity of creative practice is a strong feature of the recipients in the 2020 Art Music Fund round, from notated practice to installation, from technology-based sound to the environment. At this time of crisis, all these works reach out to not only reflect contemporary concerns, but they also define a future for how art music can meaningfully connect in new contexts. The Australian Music Centre is proud to partner with APRA AMCOS in this important initiative, and is very grateful for their commitment to it.'

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.

The past year has seen previous recipients' funded compositions come to fruition including the world premieres of James Rushford's Prey Calling, Eve de Castro-Robinson's Clarion, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh's Creased Impressions on the Imagined Surface of Becoming, and Alex Garsden's tolle lege, tolle lege.

2020 Art Music Fund recipients:

Kristin Berardi (QLD) - The Art Music Fund will allow Kristin to write four pieces, which will be the beginning of a project featuring her compositions and singing, extending from jazz into a more singer-songwriter zone.

Leah Blankendaal (SA) - Leah will develop a new work for US group Quince Ensemble. Quince are an a cappella group of four treble voices who specialise in new music. This work will examine the movement of bodies through time and how memory is written on, and therefore transforms, the skin.

Olivia Davies (WA) - Gradient is a 6-hour immersive audiovisual installation featuring hour-long cycles of electroacoustic sound, emerging photographic projections and a live solo double-bell trumpet performer, creating an immersive and contemplative space in which audience members may sit or roam freely.

Aviva Endean (VIC) - Stranger is a major new composition which will develop the use of video as score, and explore its potential for audience engagement.

Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (VIC) - Witness Stand is an audio reckoning with site, a sound installation that places an audience on a series of custom-built seating tiers across a city.

Thomas Meadowcroft (Berlin) - Thomas will compose a concert-length piece of chamber music for the piano-percussion quartet Yarn/Wire, to be premiered at New York's renowned Miller Theater. Employing a variety of electronic media, the new work explores the archiving of 'muzak' in real time, as well as the temporal conundrum of 'muzak'; namely, it 'goes on forever'.

Maria Moles (VIC) - Maria's project comprises the creation, presentation and recording of an electroacoustic work that explores combinations of percussion, live processing and electronics (synthesiser, tape loops, and manipulation through the use of time/pitch shifters and filters), inspired by compositional techniques of traditional Kulintang music of the Philippines.

Jodi Rose (Berlin) - Global Bridge Symphony is an evolving composition of bridges around the world, their sounds resonating through the structures, connecting audiences and bridges in a shared listening experience.

Jon Rose (NSW) - Night Song: Alice Springs is a new innovative inter-species work that situates itself between a performance, an installation, and a giant contrapuntal morning chorus - a compression of time and geography into a one-hour sonic experience.

> News article on APRA AMCOS website and more information about the Art Music Fund and previous recipients


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