Noisy Women Commission 2019

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Submissions for the 2019 Noisy Women Award are now closed.

Our Noisy Women Commission for 2019 has been awarded to Nicole Murphy.

Ensemble Offspring is proud to announce the continuation of ‘Noisy Women’, our annual award for one emerging female composer. The commission will now be a competitive round by application and is open to all Australian female composers who consider themselves emerging.

Our Noisy Women initiative has already been responsible for successful new works by Fiona Hill (Pentography) and Elizabeth Younan (to be premiered at Carriageworks in 2019). 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 multi media can be discussed.

The new work will be workshopped in 2019 and performed in 2020 by Ensemble Offspring, as part of our ongoing celebration and support of female composers.


Applications are open to female Australian composers.
Applications open Wednesday 5 September, 2018.
Applications close midnight Friday 12 October, 2018.
Applications are reviewed by Artistic Director Claire Edwardes and the Ensemble Offspring team. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to arrange an in-person or skype interview by 2 November, 2018.
The successful applicants will be notified by 9 November, 2018.
Development period will be mid-2019.
Premiere of commissioned work will be in early 2020.