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EOIs for the Merlyn Myer Music Commission Open

Expressions of Interest for the Merlyn Myer Music Commission are now open!

Melbourne Recital Centre and the Merlyn Myer Fund are pleased to announce the second Merlyn Myer Music Commission. Established by the Trustees of the Merlyn Myer Fund in memory of Dame Merlyn Myer (1900-1992), the initiative supports one accomplished professional female composer in Australia per year.

In 2017 the Merlyn Myer Music Commission will commission an Australian female composer to create a new musical work. The commission has been designed to provide significant creative freedom to an accomplished professional, foster her artistic development and provide an opportunity for her new work to be performed and heard in an acclaimed performance setting.

The inaugural commission was awarded to Sally Greenaway in 2015 and her work 7 Great Inventions of the Non-Industrial Age premiered in April 2016 (pictured), and was performed by renowned new music ensemble, Syzygy Ensemble in the Centre’s Salon.

“Being the inaugural recipient of the Merlyn Myer Award was an honour and an overwhelmingly positive experience in every respect. This award made it possible for me to block out dedicated time to focus entirely on my compositional craft and to prioritise learning and development. I was able to explore and experiment with new areas in my compositional craft without fear: I could ‘play’ with ideas and concepts and try things that I’d never done before and develop new tools and skills. I also learnt invaluable insights into working with people from other artistic disciplines (the work I created through this award involved writers, an actress, a producer and a lighting designer, learning how prop hire works etc.). I knew that whatever I created would be delivered with a high level of detail and professionalism in a stunning specialist chamber music space. I felt pushed to create a high quality work in honour of the award, but also to push myself in the pursuit of learning and development (which is also what I felt this award was all about)”, says Sally.

In 2017, the selected composer will be invited to write music of any genre, up to 20 minutes in length and involve instrumentation of her choice for up to six lines of defined instrumentation. The work will be performed by Ensemble Offspring, as part of their ongoing celebration and support of female composers. The premiere performance will take place in Melbourne Recital Centre’s Salon on Tuesday 28 November 2017, for an invited audience including key industry representatives, and general public. The work will receive a guaranteed second performance in Sydney as part of Ensemble Offspring’s touring schedule. An archival recording of the Melbourne performance or rehearsals will be made available to the composer for her use. The award will consist of a commission fee, production and presentation of the new work in the Salon, documentation of the premiere performance event and travel costs for the composer if necessary.

This commission opportunity is open to all Australian female composers. The winning composer will be selected by a panel, including representatives of Melbourne Recital Centre, the Merlyn Myer Fund and the Australian music industry. Expressions of interest are sought from eligible applicants no later than Monday 20 March 2017 at 5pm AEST.

For more information on the Merlyn Myer Music Commission, please see the Downloads section on this page.

The Merlyn Myer Music Commission was initiated by the Merlyn Myer Fund and co-developed by the Fund and Melbourne Recital Centre