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17 April 2009

Final year for Ian Potter Music Commissions

Damian Barbeler in his recording session for <em>Exquisite Blood</em>- a work completed in 2007 during his Emerging Composer Fellowship Image: Damian Barbeler in his recording session for Exquisite Blood- a work completed in 2007 during his Emerging Composer Fellowship  

Expressions of interest are invited for the final year of The Ian Potter Music Commission Fellowships. There are two fellowships being offered: $20,000 for an emerging composer and $80,000 for an established composer, to compose portfolios of work(s) over a period of two years. The judges are seeking composers who demonstrate vision, ambition, creativity and a willingness to extend concepts beyond the parameters of their previous work, as well as a strong track record of achievement and the ability to see the work through to performance.

The biennial Music Commissions reach a decade of support for new music composition this year and in accordance with The Ian Potter Cultural Trust’s remit to support all sectors of the arts, this will be the final year for music. Past fellows and grantees include Elena Kats-Chernin, Liza Lim, Damian Barbeler and Barry Conyngham. The judging panel consists of Kats-Chernin, Richard Mills, John Hopkins and Barry Tuckwell.

'For any composer, the most precious resource is time. And that is what these fellowships provide: time to work and explore your craft,' explains Richard Mills. 'I am certainly proud to have been a Music Commissions Fellow myself. As a judge this year, I am hoping to see applications that demonstrate a highly developed craft, musical intelligence and inspiration.'

Expressions of Interest for The Ian Potter Music Commissions close at 5pm on Monday 15 June, 2009 - for more details, please see the Music Commissions website. The successful Fellows will be announced on Thursday 1st October.

Further links

The Australian Music Centre connects people around the world to Australian composers and sound artists. By facilitating the performance, awareness and appreciation of music by these creative artists, it aims to increase their profile and the sustainability of their art form. Established in 1974, the AMC is now the leading provider of information, resources, materials and products relating to Australian new music.


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