2015 NSW Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship

Applications for the 2015 NSW  Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship have closed.

NSW emerging musicians and composers are encouraged to apply for the inaugural Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship in honour of the internationally renowned composer, Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant announced last week.

Mr Grant said applications are now open for the $30,000 fellowship which will be offered every second year by the NSW Government and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.

“This fellowship is in honour of the enormous contribution to Australia’s musical heritage by Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE, who is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s most significant composers,” Mr Grant said.

“The fellowship will honour his contribution by supporting the professional development of an emerging NSW-based composer or performer dedicated to producing new Australian music.

“Supporting professional development of artists is a key part of the Government’s Create in NSW framework which guides strategy, investment and partnerships to grow a thriving, globally connected arts and cultural sector,” Mr Grant said.

The University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Michael Spence, said: “Peter Sculthorpe shaped Australia’s musical identity during the last century. His enormous influence not only lies in the incredible body of work he composed, but the generations of students and teachers alike that he mentored.

“It is fitting that the new Music Fellowship in his name will carry on the great work that Peter Sculthorpe did for more than 40 years at the University of Sydney, and will continue to nurture generations of musicians to come.”

Professor Anne Boyd, one of the Peter Sculthorpe Fellowship Trustees, said: “Peter encouraged an individual musical voice by connecting to a sense of place. Always a passionate Australian, he was convinced we lived in the most exciting and extraordinary continent on earth whose mysterious spirit was transforming us, challenging our European heritage and ways of thinking: a message he took through his music to the world at large. His trustees are thrilled that this message will be perpetuated in this special Fellowship.”

A committee will be established comprising representatives from the Sculthorpe Trustees, the NSW Government and the University of Sydney to administer the Fellowship.

Applications for the 2015 NSW Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship opened 2 June and will close on 16 July.

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More about Peter Sculthorpe


Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE 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.

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

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

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Published: 9 June 2015