Applications Open For 2017 Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship


Applications are now open to emerging musicians and composers from NSW for the second biennial Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship.

Offered in honour of the internationally renowned composer, the $30,000 fellowship is offered every second year by Create NSW and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, in partnership with representatives of the Peter Sculthorpe Trust.

This Fellowship will support an exceptional emerging composer who is dedicated to the propagation of Australian music. Priority will be given to a composer with an interest in Australian Aboriginal music as well as that of the Asia-Pacific region. Their work may also reflect a special interest in the landscape and cultural history of Australia as well as the cultures of neighbouring countries. Applicants may wish to consider incorporation of a program of artistic exchange between such countries.


Submissions close at midnight 7 August 2017 (AEST).

Click here for more information and to apply.

The inaugural Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship was awarded in 2015 to Peggy Polias.

Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE was born in Launceston in 1929 and educated at the University of Melbourne, and Wadham College, Oxford. He was an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney, where he began teaching in 1964.

He was a visiting fellow at Yale University, USA, and Sussex University, UK, and taught at universities within and outside Australia. He held honorary doctorates from the universities of Tasmania, Sydney, Melbourne, Sussex and Griffith. He was an Officer of both the Order of Australia and of the British Empire, and in 1998 he was elected a National Trust of Australia National Living Treasure. In 2002, he was elected to Foreign Honorary Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Peter Sculthorpe wrote works in most musical forms. His output relates closely to the social and physical climate of Australia, and the cultures of the Pacific Basin. He was influenced by the music of Asia, especially by that of Japan and Indonesia. In recent years he was deeply influenced by Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and culture.

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