Music - Assessment Meeting Report - November 2010 - Skills and Arts Development (Individuals/Groups and Organisations), Project Fellowships, Fellowships, Don Banks Award

Skills and Arts Development (Individuals/Groups), Skills and Arts Development (Organisations), Project Fellowships, Fellowships, Don Banks Award – closing date 1 September 2010


The Music Board met on 1-2 November 2010 in Sydney and assessed 133 applications, to five project categories, with a total request for funding of over $4m. Of these, 24 applications were successful, to a funded total of $460,935. The recipient for the Don Banks Award (1 prize of $60,000) was also decided at this meeting.

Continuing the trend of recent grant rounds, both the Skills and Arts Development (Organisations) and Project Fellowships categories both attracted a record number of applications, with a generally excellent standard of proposal.  It is clear to the Music Board that competition for funding is continually increasing.  This is reflected in the average success rate at this meeting of just under 20%. However, this is accompanied by an increasing standard in quality and variety of applications, indicative of the general strength of Australian music and music-making throughout the sector.

The applications considered at this meeting were for projects:

  • to support skills development for professional artists and artsworkers
  • that contribute to the development of music practice in Australia
  • to support outstanding artists to develop and produce significant creative and developmental projects and undertake high level professional development.

Applications were assessed against the published selection criteria, in competition with other proposals, and were given an overall percentage rating. They were then ranked according to their rating and funding was allocated to the highest ranked proposals.

The individuals and projects funded were representative of the scope and diversity of Australian music practice and included an Indigenous Hip-Hop development project; a Country Music skills development course; major projects for a turntablist, a jazz drummer, a sitarist and a classical composer; residency opportunities for experimental artists and jazz musicians; and specialised workshops for emerging composers in writing for voice and vocal ensembles

The Skills and Arts Development (Individuals/Groups) category received a large number of applications for overseas postgraduate study. It is important to note that the guidelines state that such applications will only be awarded in exceptional circumstances. Only one such application was funded in this round

Overall, successful applications presented strong support material (including audio excerpts directly relevant to the application), clear and achievable budgets and confirmations from key personnel.

We encourage applicants to carefully consider the budget component of applications. Budgets should balance to be competitive under the “planning and effective use of resources” criteria. Including appropriate support from a range of other sources, including confirmations of involvement, may also enhance an application. It is important to re-state that the competition for Music Board is increasing. Applicants are always welcome to contact music staff for assistance and advice.

Our policy discussion focused on refinements to music board programs for 2011, including revisions to guidelines and streamlining of processes.  The board also discussed potential collaborations with a number of other artform boards, which will result in new initiatives to be opened in 2011. More information will be available on these in due course.

The Don Banks Award was also decided at this meeting and the recipient of this award will be announced in 2011.

Matthew Hindson AM
Chair, Music Board, Australia Council


Successful applicants


Barker, Simon (NSW) - $90,000
A two year Fellowship with creative development, international performance and other activities.

Broadstock, Brenton (Vic) - $90,000
A two year Fellowship to complete three major new works.

Project Fellowships

Ambarchi, Oren (Vic) - $20,000
To undertake a mentorship with Eyvind Kahn and develop a body of new work and collaborations.

English, Lawrence (Qld) - $20,000
To create a major new work uniting environmental and musical sources based on Wabi Sabi.

Fabay, Dexter (Vic) - $20,000
For DJ Dexter and GRRILLA STEP to undertake a creative development period to develop new work.

Kandola, Tarlochan (NSW) - $20,000
To undertake a mentorship and collaborate with Australian artists from diverse musical backgrounds.

Skills and Arts Development (Individuals and Groups)

Abbott, Katrina (Vic) - $3,244
Towards a composer residency at Banff Centre of the Arts, Canada.

Barton, Tom (Vic) - $4,665
Towards a six week vocal improvisation mentorship with Theo Bleckmann in New York.

Bates, Samuel (Vic) - $3,110
Towards participation in the Banff Centre International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music.

Brown, Aaron (Qld) - $9,909
Towards intensive lessons in Renaissance violin technique with virtuoso violinist David Douglass.

Cockcroft, Barry (Qld) - $10,777
Towards attendance at US Saxophone Symposium, the British Saxophone Congress and a six week Banff Centre Residency.

Gardiner, William (NSW) - $5,000
Towards a Master of Music degree in composition at a music school in the United States.

Halcyon (NSW) - $6,720
Towards a young composers project directed by new music ensemble Halcyon and composer Elliott Gyger.

Long Way To The Top End (NT) - $6,210
Towards registration costs and showcasing for 18 NT bands at the Fuse Festival and Industry conference in Adelaide, February 2011.

Morris, Geoffrey (Vic) - $4,800
Towards a one month study period in New York with Early Music specialist Patrick O'Brien.

Sound Summit (NSW) - $20,000
Towards a five day festival and conference of independent and innovative music.

Skills and Arts Development (Organisations)

Adelaide Contemporary Music Festival Inc (SA) - $5,000
Towards presentation of a three day workshop for Australian composers on modern cello with John Addison.

Brisbane City Council (Qld) - $15,000
Towards 'Emerge', a skills and career development project for emerging Indigenous hip hop artists.

Country Music Association of Australia Inc (NSW) - $21,000
Towards mentor fees for the Australian Academy of Country Music.

Moorambilla Voices Ltd (NSW) - $20,000
Towards choral workshops for western NSW regional children as part of annual Moorambilla choir program.

Places and Spaces Inc (NSW) - $19,000
Towards the development of a residency space at Cockatoo Island, to encourage skills development and collaboration.

The Push Inc (Vic) - $12,000
Towards presentation of Push Songs, workshops and mentorship opportunities for emerging songwriters.

The Song Company Pty Ltd (NSW) - $14,500
Towards the professional development of the Song Company's young composers program MODART.

The WIRED Lab (NSW) - $20,000
Towards the presentation of the Wired Lab's on site resident workshops and skills development programs.

Funding statistics


Applications received: 26
Applications funded: 2
7.69% success rate
Amount approved: $180,000

Project Fellowships:

Applications received: 19
Applications funded: 4
21.05% success rate
Amount approved: $80,000

Skills and Arts Development (Individuals):

Applications received: 55
Applications funded: 10
18.18% success rate
Amount approved: $74,435

Skills and Arts Development (Organisations):

Applications received: 25
Applications funded: 8
32% success rate
Amount approved: $126,500

Total grants: 24
Total amount approved: $460,935

Panel members

The following Board members and industry representatives attended the meeting:

Board members
Matthew Hindson AM (Chair) (NSW)
Anne Gilby (Vic)
George Butrumlis (Vic)
Virginia Taylor (ACT)

Bree van Reyk (NSW)
Sean Foran (Qld)
Somaya Langley (NSW)

Australia Council staff
Paul Mason, Director Music
Morwenna Collett, Program Manager Music
Andy Rantzen, Program Officer Music
Peter Keogh, Program Officer Music
Lia Kemp, Section Coordinator Music
Brian Murphy, Administration Officer, Music

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