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Ian Potter Music Commission Fellowships
Thursday, 30 April 2009 20:09
Expressions of Interest are now invited for The Ian Potter Music Commission Fellowships, Australia’s largest and most prestigious award for the composition of new Australian music. 2009 will be the final year that the Music Commissions will be offered so The Ian Potter Cultural Trust encourages Australia’s talented musicians not to miss this unique opportunity.  
The Music Commissions offer two Fellowships: $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 Cultural Trust was established 15 years ago to encourage and support Australia’s most exceptional artists,” explains Lady Primrose Potter, Trustee of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust. “The Music Commissions fosters composition of significant new Australian music and facilitate its performance. I am particularly passionate about the importance of this program because of the extraordinary opportunity it offers for a composer to immerse themself in their work and give them the scope to extend and explore their full potential as an artist.”
The 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 Music Commissions.
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is honoured to welcome four of Australia’s pre-eminent music identities to the Music Commissions’ Judging Panel this year: Composer and Musician, Ms Elena Kats-Chernin; Conductor Mr John Hopkins OBE; Composer and Music Director, Dr Richard Mills AM, and Musician, Teacher and Conductor, Professor Barry Tuckwell AC, OBE. 
“For any composer, the most precious resource is time.  And that is what these Fellowships provide: time to work and explore your craft,” explains Dr 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.”
The Commissions are a biennial event and unique in Australia. The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is very proud of the contribution the Commissions have made to the cultural life of Australia through the professional development of some of the country’s most talented composers and the production of several highly successful works over the past 10 years. The list of past Fellows and Grantees, including Elena Kats-Chernin, Liza Lim, Damian Barbeler and Barry Conyngham, reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of Australian composition.
Expressions of Interest for The Ian Potter Music Commissions close at 5pm on Monday 15th June 15, 2009. The successful Fellows will be announced on Thursday 1st October.
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