Eleven composers from Australia and New Zealand are the recipients of the Art Music Fund, with each receiving a $5,000 grant towards the commission of a proposed work.
The 2022 Art Music Fund recipients are Cat Hope, Corrina Bonshek, Hamed Sadeghi, Kate Milligan, Linda Kouvaras, Maree Sheehan, Paul Clift, Riki Neihana Gooch, Robert Curgenven, Ross McHenry and Wally Gunn.
The Art Music Fund is an initiative of APRA AMCOS, in partnership with the Australian Music Centre and, for the first time, SOUNZ.
This year’s $55,000 total allocation will support new and thought-provoking projects covering a range of inspiration and topics including the work of teenage climate activists, Persian Sufism philosophy, a Dutch shipwreck, the Song of Solomon, ‘iceberg songs’, the Māori voice in conducting, the intricacies of the pipe organ and more.
The commissions will be presented as post-minimalist chamber music; an oratorio for voice; Persian classical music, jazz and improvisation; large scale chamber work; live performance installation and more.
Since 2016, the fund has granted more than half a million dollars to new works that have been presented in Australia, New Zealand and around the world at concert halls, festivals, and immersive settings. Victorian composer Cat Hope was a 2016 recipient for her work ‘Dark Hip Falls’ and becomes the first two-time grantee with this year’s Chamber Made commission ‘A Slow Emergency’.
A representative for APRA AMCOS says the successful applicants’ compositions demonstrate the high level of creativity, innovation and collaboration happening amidst the challenges facing the sector.