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.
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.
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.
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.
All residencies are for twelve months. Applicants may propose shorter periods, but three months is the minimum residency.
All applications will be assessed by industry peers against the following weighted criteria:
The stipend for the residencies is $15,000 for twelve months. This will be scaled proportionally for shorter residencies.