Arts Centre Melbourne has announced this year’s intake for its prestigious mentoring program for emerging Victorian composers, 5x5x5: Memory. Ceridwen McCooey, Mabel Windred-Wornes, Samuel Kreusler, Sue-Anne Tan, and Theo Carbo will create an original composition of five minutes duration exploring the theme of memory under the direction of Artistic Mentor Kate Neal. The final works will be professionally recorded in their home studios and released by ACM and The Channel through new digital platform Together With You on July 20.

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“There was a huge response to this year’s 5x5x5. There are simply so many outstanding and thoughtful young artists in our community – covering a diversity of style, genre, craft, and hailing from contrasting musical backgrounds. It is inspiring to see so many different approaches to sound, craft and content,” said Neal.

“This is an incredibly important program in fostering young sound makers in our community. Writing music and sound can be a lonely and isolating process – so providing a commission with a presentation platform, together with feedback and mentoring sessions, is vital for the sectors continuing development and growth,” added Neal

Each composer will receive a $1,250 commission and will meet with Neal online to develop their individual works, receiving advice and feedback. The 5x5x5 program has been offered by ACM since 2014, and has been an important pathway for the development and training of young contemporary classical composers aged 18 to 29.

This announcement by the venue comes off the back of the news that it will begin welcoming patrons back to its Theatres Building from Saturday June 27 in the first part of a staged reopening since the shutdowns necessitated by COVID-19.