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15 January 2020

Australia Council grants, January 2020

New York-based pianist & composer Matthew Sheens Image: New York-based pianist & composer Matthew Sheens  

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the results of its recent round of funding, with grants secured by the AMC-represented artists Mary Finsterer ($21.3K for new works for performance by Gabriella Smart and Lizzy Welsh), Jeremy Rose ($23K for recording a collaborative album with Simon Barker, Chloe Kim and the Earshift Orchestra), Matthew Sheens ($30K to record a new work, created after trauma, for string quartet, choir, and rhythm section), Adam Simmons ($34.2K for the jazz trio Origami to perform 22 concerts across China, Europe, Turkey, and India, including creative collaborations with international artists), Yitzhak Yedid ($25.7K for composing, recording and residency), and Chloe Charody who secured $44.2K to compose The Devil's Tiger, a circus-opera for four opera singers trained in aerial acrobatics, a fire-taming chamber orchestra and a symphony orchestra.

Successful grant recipients this time around also included Claire Edwardes ($25K for commissioning and recording Australian percussion solos by female composers), Erkki Veltheim ($29.2K to create a suite of works inspired by Agrippa's Planetary Magical Squares), and Satsuki Odamura ($25K for recording Australian compositions). Career development grant recipients included Ngarra Burria program participant Eric Avery and flutist Lina Andonovska, among others.

Funding for organisations included $48.4K for ELISION (for events and touring in Australia and overseas); $25K for Adelaide Contemporary Music Festival (for Soundstream programs and the Summers Night Project); $89.5K for Aphids Events; $82.2K for the Four Winds Festival and events; $40.5K for the Next Wave Festival; $75K for the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS); $22.7K for the Rubiks Collective (for a US tour, incl. recording and professional development); $10.9K for Tone List (for the Audible Edge festival of exploratory music); and $50K for the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.

> For a full list of awarded grants, see the Australia Council for the Arts website - see also: media release (14 January 2020)


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