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Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship

Follow in the footsteps of Australia's acclaimed composer
Honouring Australia’s foremost composer, this biennial fellowship offers $30,000 and unique development opportunities for an exceptional emerging composer. Like its namesake, the fellowship is dedicated to Australian music.

About the fellowship

Emeritus Professor of Composition at the University of Sydney Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014), was a leading contemporary composer who established a unique Australian musical idiom. 

Emerging musicians and composers in NSW are invited to apply for the biennial Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship in honour of the renowned composer. The $30,000 fellowship is offered every second year by Create NSW and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in partnership with the Peter Sculthorpe Trust. The next round will open in 2019.

This fellowship supports an exceptional emerging composer who is dedicated to the propagation of Australian music. Priority is given to a composer with an interest in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander music as well as that of the Asia-Pacific region. 

The recipient’s work may also reflect a special interest in Australia’s landscape and cultural history as well as the cultures of neighbouring countries. Applicants may wish to consider incorporating a program of artistic exchange between such countries. 

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Application requirements

You will need to provide electronic documentation of three works or scores or performances or recordings.

Additional opportunities

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will host the recipient and provide the opportunity to collaborate with musicians as well ensembles and artists. International cultural opportunities will also be considered.

Public presentation

The fellowship will have a public presentation outcome in the form of a concert or other format, featuring a new work presented by the recipient as well as a work by Peter Sculthorpe that the Conservatorium may facilitate.

Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE 

Peter Sculthorpe was born in Launceston in 1929 and educated at the University of Melbourne and Wadham College, Oxford. He was an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney, where he began teaching in 1964.

Professor Sculthorpe had been a visiting fellow at Yale University in the United States, and Sussex University in the UK and he taught at universities in Australia and abroad. He held honorary doctorates from the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, the University of Tasmania; Sussex University and Griffith University. He was an Officer of the Order of Australia and of the British Empire, and in 1998 he was elected a National Living Treasure by the National Trust of Australia. In 2002, Professor Sculthorpe was elected to Foreign Honorary Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Professor Sculthorpe wrote works in most musical forms. His output relates closely to Australia’s social and physical climate and the cultures of the Pacific Basin. He was influenced by the music of Asia, especially by that of Japan and Indonesia. He was also deeply influenced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and culture.