Blakeman National Composition Prize now open!
For the second time, UNSW's School of the Arts and Media is offering the Blakeman National Composition Prize. Entrants are required to write a 10-12 minute piece for three to five players of the Australia Ensemble @UNSW, in accordance with the terms and conditions.
The winning entrant will receive $5000, be invited to participate and share their piece in an Australia Ensemble workshop in 2020 and will have the privilege of hearing their piece performed at a concert of the Australia Ensemble.
Who will be the future of musical composition, remembered in perpetuity? Will it be one of the students or scholars wandering through the UNSW corridors? Or will it be a member of the wider musical community who creates a concert experience that changes us all forever?
In the spirit of patron Jonathan Blakeman who was known for his ‘passion and logic’, the National Composition Prize will be awarded to the most outstanding composition.
The Blakeman National Composition Prize will encourage and reward music composition at the highest standard nationwide, and will be offered every two years. Applicants are to submit a 10-12 minute piece for the Australia Ensemble using three to five players, as outlined in the
The prize has no age limit and will be open to all Australian citizens and permanent residents. The winner will be invited to participate and share their piece in an Australia Ensemble workshop in 2020 and will have the privilege of hearing their piece performed at a concert of the Australia Ensemble.
The value of the prize offered is $5,000 combined with the opportunity for the winner to have their piece performed at an Australia Ensemble concert in 2020.
29 April 2019
6 September 2019
Criteria and eligibility
A jury of three will select the winner. The jury will comprise of School of the Arts and Media Head of School (or nominee) as Chair; one member of the School of the Arts & Media academic staff in composition; one member of the Australia Ensemble.
• Only one first prize may be issued and this may not be shared.
• One Highly Commended may be issued however there is no prize money attached
Additional requirements/information and selection process
Refer to the
Please apply using the