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To apply for the 2022 Cybec 21st Century Composers' Program you will need to complete the application form below and provide a piece of music you have written. The composition should be recent, and written for orchestral instruments (not necessarily for full orchestra), although other scores will be considered.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents living in Australia for the duration of the program (March 2022 - February 2023). Please note that the age limit has been extended from previous years; applicants are to be aged 35 and under on 1 March 2022.

In addition to completing this form, to apply you will also be required to submit a PDF of your composition together with an MP3 recording via Dropbox. Ideally the MP3 should be a live recording of your piece, although a high quality midi recording is also acceptable.

Applications are due by 5pm, Friday 31 January, 2022.

How the participants are chosen
Round one is a blind audition process. An Australian composer will make a shortlist of compositions which will then get through to the panel stage.

The shortlisted compositions will be reviewed by a balanced panel of 4-5 professionals (comprising of people such as a conductor, musician, composer, composition lecturer, MSO Artistic staff member). At first the panel are unaware of any of your details while they listen to your recordings.

Applicant details will be revealed to the panel only after they have shortlisted the compositions further. Anyone on the panel with a conflict of interest will make the panel aware of this (for instance if they know you in a professional, personal or educational setting). The panel then chooses the four participants from their shortlist. You will be informed of the panel’s decision only after the four participants are chosen.

If you are chosen as a participant
If you are chosen as one of the four 2022 Program participants you will be provided with a composition mentor for the duration of the Program. The mentor is usually based in the city in which you are living, but in some cases if there is a more appropriate composer/mentor living elsewhere, then they will be chosen if you are both happy to communicate via phone/email/online.

There are various deadlines throughout the year which will be communicated at the start of the Program. Mid-2022 there is a workshop day in Melbourne comprising of valuable time with both the MSO Librarian and some orchestral musicians where you will be able to discuss questions related to your composition.

A public Showcase performance of the final compositions will be in January/February 2022 in Melbourne, at which you, your mentors, and friends and family are welcome to attend.

Please contact Katharine Bartholomeusz-Plows with any queries on

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