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19 January 2021

Australia Council Fellowship to Ros Bandt; funding for projects and streamed concerts

Inventi Ensemble's 'The Music Space' project takes music to aged care facilities. Image: Inventi Ensemble's 'The Music Space' project takes music to aged care facilities.  

The Australia Council's latest grant round includes significant funding for several Australian music projects, as well as important initiatives in the field of live-streamed concerts.

Among the funding announced towards the end of 2020 is Ros Bandt's two-year Australia Council Fellowship ($80K), granted from the Emerging/Experimental Arts pool. The Music Fellowship went to producer Anna Laverty.

Other successful grant recipients in the last 2020 round include Anthony Pateras ($16.8K for a composition to premiere in Geneva in 2021-22); Sean Foran ($22.5K towards new works for percussion ensemble and jazz trio) and Natalie Williams ($12.6K for a new work for string quartet and silent film, depicting significant bushfire events from Australia's history). Projects proposed by Damien Ricketson, Luke Byrne, Peter Knight and Yitzhak Yedid were also funded.

Genevieve Lacey receives support of $23.5K towards the development and presentation of a new sonic work to words by Alexis Wright, Walk Softly, created by a team of Australian female artists of different generations and cultural backgrounds. Aviva Endean received $17.5K for a new electro-acoustic solo album featuring explorative instrumental music interwoven with field recording, electronics and effects processing. ELISION's grant ($22.9K) goes towards a new project with Liza Lim celebrating the achievements of women in classical music.

Cat Hope, together with fellow researchers Louise Devenish and Aaron Wyatt from Monash University, received $18.3K to record 18 new Australian compositions using an innovative software-based tracking approach. Multi-track recording sessions with their ensemble Decibel will be coordinated in real-time across the internet.

Robbie Avenaim got $20K for developing concerts specifically for people with disabilities and their families and carers. Inventi Ensemble's The Music Space project, supported with a sum of $100K, delivers 100 live-streamed concerts to aged care facilities over two years. The Melbourne Digital Concert Hall also received $100K for more than 100 streamed concerts in multiple cities and regional locations.

The grants delivered $8.4 million to support 217 creative projects and cultural activities.

> See also: media release 9 December and list of awarded grants (Australia Council for the Arts website)


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