Noisy Women Commission

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The Noisy Women is Ensemble Offspring’s annual award for one emerging, female-identifying composer. The commission is a competitive round by application and is open to all Australian female-identifying and non-binary composers who consider themselves emerging.

Our Noisy Women initiative, inaugurated in 2017, has already been responsible for several successful new works.


Submissions for the 2021 Noisy Women Commission are now open!

The commission is designed to provide significant creative freedom to an emerging composer, foster her artistic development throughout the year and provide an opportunity for the new work to be workshopped closely with members of Ensemble Offspring and presented in a high profile concert. The value of the prize is a $3500 cash commission fee, two workshop sessions with Ensemble Offspring and professional documentation of the premiere. The work can be up to 12 minutes in length and should be for the combination of flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello, or an agreed subset thereof. Use of electronics and multimedia can be discussed.

Timeline and Selection Process for Noisy Women Commission 2020:
Applications are open to female-identifying and non-binary Australian composers.
Applications open Friday 4 September 2020.
Applications close midnight Monday 12 October 2020.
Applications are reviewed by Artistic Director Claire Edwardes and the Ensemble Offspring team. The successful applicants will be notified by 26 October 2020. Development period will be mid-2021. Premiere of commissioned work will be in early 2022.

Past Participants

Eve Klein (2020)

Klein’s piece, Another Future, will be premiered in 2021.

Nicole Murphy (2019)

Murphy’s piece will be premiered in 2021 (due to COVID-19).

Elizabeth Younan (2018)

Younan’s piece Fantasia for Solo Flute was premiered in 2019 by Lamorna Nightingale.

Fiona Hill (2017)

Hill’s piece Pentography was premiered in 2018 by Ensemble Offspring.