EMERGING musicians and composers throughout the Northern Tablelands are being encouraged to apply for the inaugural Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship, in honour of the internationally renowned composer, local MP Adam Marshall said today.
Mr Marshall urged the community to apply from tomorrow until 16 July for the $30,000 fellowship that will be offered every second year by the NSW Government and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.
“This fellowship will support the professional development of an emerging NSW-based composer or performer dedicated to producing new Australian music,” Mr Marshall said.
“The fellowship is in honour of the contribution to Australia’s musical heritage by Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE, who is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s most significant composers.
“The NSW Government is committed to creating opportunities to foster future musical talent – this fellowship is a terrific initiative for upcoming musicians and composers while celebrating Peter Sculthorpe’s legacy.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts, Troy Grant, said Peter Sculthorpe’s passing last year was felt deeply by those who worked with him and loved his music.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is proud to fund this fellowship as a way of honouring Peter Sculthorpe’s enormous contribution to Australian music,” Mr Grant said.
“Supporting professional development of artists is a key part of the Government’s Create in NSW framework which guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector.”
A committee will be established comprising representatives from the Sculthorpe Trustees, the NSW Government and the University of Sydney to administer the Fellowship.