Announcing the Betty Amsden Commission

To celebrate the generous gift of Betty Amsden to support Kids & Families programming at Melbourne Recital Centre, we’re calling for expressions of interest from Victorian-based artists and companies for a new work especially focussed on kids and families.

At this stage we’re seeking to hear your ideas – what you’d like to do, who it is for, how it will engage kids and their families, how it will add value to your artistic practice, how it will relate to our programming strands, and how it will enhance and inhabit our spaces. It must feature music or sound as a key ingredient of an innovative new work designed for any of the public or performance spaces at Melbourne Recital Centre.

The commission is worth up to $20,000.

Stage One

Send us an idea – no more than 200 words – of what you’d like to create. A new music score, a new piece for music and others, a participatory project, an interactive kinetic sculpture – our only stipulation is that it is music related, and suits our spaces, and that it’s focussed on kids and families. Please include a 150-word biog of you and/or your group.

Stage Two

We’ll assess the ideas and identify up to three projects that we’d like to see developed. Up to $2,000 will be granted to undertake development per project.

Stage Three

After a period of development (approx. 2 months), we’ll ask you to submit a more detailed application for consideration of production. We’ll then select the work or works we’d like to support through to creation.

Stage Four

The work selected will be presented at Melbourne Recital Centre in 2020/2021, either as part of Music Play (January) or at another suitable time.

The EOIs will be assessed by a panel including:

Marshall McGuire Director of Programming Melbourne Recital Centre
Simon Abrahams Creative Director and CEO Melbourne Fringe
Genevieve Lacey performer and Melbourne Recital Centre Artist-in-Residence 2018.

For further information please contact or 03 9207 2645. Applications close 12pm Monday 10 June 2019.


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