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by Tony Roma
posted 27/08/2021

SIMA Emerging Composers Mentorship Program

SIMA Announces Expanded Emerging Composers 

Mentorship Program to respond to the ongoing impacts of COVID

Over the last few years, I have been thoroughly impressed at the diversity and excellence of the musical work resulting from the emerging composer’s program”- Paul Cutlan, composer.

The Sydney Improvised Music Association is proud to announce the expansion of its Emerging Composers Mentorship program, and is currently inviting applications from talented composers. Due to the devastating and ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on the performing arts sector, the program will now see four composers participating in the program in 2021 and 2022. The four emerging and mid-career composers will be paired with a leading Australian jazz artist, who will mentor them to write a new work for a large jazz ensemble. This is a significant increase from previous years.

Thrilled to be able to provide further opportunities for composers, SIMA Program Director Zoe Hauptmann says “This initiative is a fantastic opportunity for a talented upcoming composer to work closely with one of the best jazz composers in the country. That kind of collaboration and connection is invaluable.”

Sophie Min, the 2020 recipient worked closely with ARIA award winning composer, pianist and educator Barney McAll to compose a new work. Barney McAll is a true pinnacle of the innovation and creative finesse, seen not only in this exquisite compositions, but his ability to shapeshift as a musician between electronica, jazz, pop, and all the subgenres and styles in-between.

Sophie says “It has been a phenomenal opportunity to work with Barney McAll, SIMA and APRA on my composition. Barney’s mentoring gave me the courage to be more adventurous with the piece and some fresh ideas to incorporate into my compositional process”.

The 2021 Emerging Composers program is valued at $20,000, which includes promotional support for the new work, professional publicity support for the performance premiere (pending health orders), and marketing support that are in addition to the paid fees to musicians and mentors.

Previous recipients include Sophie Min (Pictured), Cheryl Durongpisitkul, Harri Harding and Freyja Garbett.

Who is eligible to apply? 

Emerging and mid-career jazz musicians who are under 40, with the drive and inspiration to compose a new work for a large ensemble. Applicants must reside in Australia.

What you’ll need to apply? 

Links to previous compositions

PDF’s of previous charts (up to three examples)

Individual program includes 

$1500 fee to the composer

$1000 fee to the mentor for four sessions

Premiere and/or recording of the composition

This program is proudly supported by Create NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts.

Applications Open Now, visit www.sima.org.au

(Closing midnight Wednesday 15th September 2021)