The 2018 Art Music Fund recipients have been announced, with $100,000 going to nine composers for the creation of new works in the Fund’s third year. This year’s recipients are Anthony Pateras, Bree van Reyk, Connor D’Netto, Elissa Goodrich, Fiona Hill, Julian Day, Matt Keegan, Rae Howell and Tristan Coelho. The Art Music Fund commissions new work that is “innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field.”

“It is gratifying to see such creative diversity represented in the list of recipients of the fund, which reflect the many streams of activity in art music across the cultural sector,” said CEO of the Australian Music Centre John Davis. “Such outcomes have also been a characteristic of previous funding rounds, which highlights the need for such support, so congratulations to APRA AMCOS for continuing this initiative, and supporting artists in this way.”

Connor D'Netto, Rae Howell, Art Music FundArt Music Fund recipients Connor D’Netto and Rae Howell. Photo: supplied

The recipients represent a diverse cross-section of compositional practices, from Connor D’Netto – whose Third String Quartet will be premiered in Australia by the Goldner String Quartet in 2019 before going on to receives its European and American premieres by the Modulus Quartet and Mivos Quartet respectively – to Fiona Hill and Tristan Coelho’s project Other Voices, which comprises two new electroacoustic works for flute and voice, to be performed by Ensemble Offspring and others in performances across Australia, the US and the UK.

Bree van Reyk has been funded for a new work for orchestra as a homage to Peg Mantle, one of Australia’s pioneering women musicians. The premiere performance will be by the Canberra Youth Orchestra at the Canberra International Music Festival in 2019, with later performances from the Sydney Youth Orchestra and West Australian Youth Orchestra in Gilgandra, Sydney and Perth.

Julian Day’s project Games People Play is a set of pieces built on game theory in which performers enact vibrant forms of structural interdependence. The works will individually premiere in New York, Los Angeles, London, Sydney and Melbourne and will be recorded as video works for exhibition in galleries and online.

Elissa Goodrich’s Listen.Now.Again is a new large-scale music installation/live-art performance work, created in partnership with St Martin’s Youth Performing Arts Centre, which takes its inspiration from evolutionary biology and explores climate and science, featuring a large live ensemble of professional musicians, operating in collaboration with children-performer-participants, while Matt Keegan has been funded for a new work for The Three Seas, a band combining Australian jazz musicians with folk musicians from West Bengal, India, to be premiered in Australia and India.

Rae Howell’s Bee-Sharp Honeybee is a project, developed from research into bee buzz frequencies, working in collaboration on a global scale with a bee research lab, beekeepers, scientists, musicians and producers, which will culminate in a one-hour real-time audio/visual work for live chamber orchestra, electronics, a live stream of bees, and animated visuals developed from the hand-illustrated graphic scores.

“The Art Music Fund is supporting me to bring an all new composition to life that will reach audiences in Australia and around the world,” said Howell. “As a previous applicant and first time recipient, I wholeheartedly encourage other composers to continue the work they really believe in.”

Last year’s Art Music Fund recipients were Natasha Anderson, Newton Armstrong, Lisa Cheney, Erik Griswold, Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Eve Klein, Dylan Lardelli, Kate Moore and Eugene Ughetti. Liza Lim’s Extinction Events & Dawn Chorus, awarded funding in the 2016 round, will have its world premiere in Germany on April 29.