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prelude

Prelude is a national initiative to provide time and space for Australian composers to make work by offering long-term residencies in historic houses around Australia.

What is Prelude

Prelude is a national network of residencies for Australian composers, housed in historic buildings and providing time and space to create new work. It is a collaboration between the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' House, National Trust of Western Australia, National Trust of South Australia, APRA AMCOS, and Bundanon Trust.

Prelude is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

Rachael Dease at Gallop House.

Rachael Dease at Gallop House. Photo by Joe Kapiteyn.


The Houses

It is apparent that leisure and silence are absolute prerequisites for composers if they are to engage fully the many forms of awareness involved in creative activity.
- Peggy Glanville-Hicks, 1958

Prelude offers long-term residencies in composers' houses in NSW, SA & WA. The successful applicants are provided with sole occupancy of the houses as well as a stipend to cover living costs and travel. In 2020 and 2021 the houses are:

Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, Paddington NSW
A beautifully restored terrace house in the heart of Sydney. For more information, click here.

Gallop House, Dalkeith WA
A two-storey Victorian-style home built in 1877, nestled on the Swan River in Perth. For more information, click here.

Collingrove Homestead, Angaston SA
A gracious Victorian-era home, located 6km from the Barossa Valley. For more information, click here.

Gallop House river view Dalkeith

Gallop House river view Dalkeith


Who can apply

Prelude is open to Australian composers in all musical genres and practices, including world music, jazz, new classical/art music, pop, film and rock. Residencies can be for research and development or for the creation of new work.

Prelude is a national program and each residency is open to composers from around the country.

Note that applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents, and must be members of APRA AMCOS.


How to apply

Applications for Prelude 2021 residencies will open Monday 20 July 2020 and close midnight Sunday 23 August 2020. Click through for more information and application form. You will need to log in to Bundanon Trust website first to access the application form.

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Residency Details

Duration

All residencies are for twelve months. Applicants may propose shorter periods, but three months is the minimum residency.

Selection process

All applications will be assessed by industry peers against the following weighted criteria:

  • artistic skills, as demonstrated by your biography and your support material (60%)
  • the creative rationale for the proposed activities during your residency (20%)
  • well-articulated plans for engaging with the local artistic and general community (20%).

Stipend

The stipend for the residencies is $15,000 for twelve months. This will be scaled proportionally for shorter residencies.


2020 selected composers

In 2020 the Prelude composers-in-residence are William Barton, Rachael Dease, Connor D'Netto, and Heather Shannon.

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Prelude partners 2020

Prelude partners 2020