Noisy Women Commission 2020

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Submissions for the 2020 Noisy Women Award are now open. 


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

Our Noisy Women initiative has already been responsible for successful new works. Our Participants so far have been:

Fiona Hill composed the piece Pentography, and Elizabeth Younan’s piece will be performed at Carriageworks in November 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 multimedia can be discussed.

The new work will be workshopped in 2020 and performed in 2021 by Ensemble Offspring, as part of our ongoing celebration and support of female-identifying composers.


  • Applications are open to female-identifying Australian composers.
  • Applications open Wednesday Friday 16 August 2019
  • Applications close midnight Friday 11 October 2019
  • 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 1 November 2018.
  • The successful applicants will be notified by 8 November 2018.
  • Development period will be mid-2020.
  • Premiere of commissioned work will be in early 2021.