Supporting Australian composers

Photo: Chris Jallard

Prelude is a national initiative to provide time and space for Australian composers to make work by offering twelve-month 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 Trust, National Trust of Western Australia, National Trusts of Australia, APRA AMCOS and Bundanon Trust.

Prelude is assisted by the Australian government through the Ministry for the Arts' Catalyst - Australian Arts and Culture Fund, and through the Australia Council for the Arts.


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

PLEASE NOTE: applications for 2017 Prelude residencies have now closed. Applications for 2018 residencies will open in mid-2017.

Prelude currently offers two year-long residencies in composers' houses in Sydney and Perth. The successful applicants are provided with sole occupancy of the houses as well as a stipend to cover living costs and travel for one year.

Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, Paddington, NSW

A beautifully restored terrace house in the heart of Sydney. To learn more about the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, click here.

Gallop House, Dalkeith, WA

A two-storey Victorian-style home built in 1877, nestled on the Swan River. To learn more about Gallop House and the resources available to the successful applicant, click here.

Gallop House River

Gallop House, Dalkeith, WA

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.

When to apply

Applications for 2018 Prelude residencies will open in mid-2017.

Peggy Glanville-Hicks

Peggy Glanville-Hicks

How to apply

NOTE: Applications for the Peggy Glanville-Hicks House and Gallop House residencies will be open in mid-2017. The information below is from last year's application process and may change. It is provided as a guide only.

All applications for Prelude residencies should be made on our online form. You will find a link to the form at the foot of this page.

You will first be asked either to create a Bundanon Trust account or to sign into an existing account. To create an account, we just need your name and email.

If you have been in residence at Bundanon before, you may already have an account. If so, you will receive an on-screen message that your email address is already registered with us. Click on reset your password if you need to create a new password for your account.

The online form will ask for the following information:

  • your preferred dates for the residency (residencies are usually for 12 months. Shorter periods can be proposed, but three months is the minimum)
  • any special access needs you have (e.g. wheelchair, vision impaired)
  • a short biography
  • a short project description, telling us what you intend to do during the residency, and why
  • a short description of how you might engage with the local artistic and general community during the residency. This could be through links into universities, schools or local community groups, through salon performances in the house, or through any other opportunities to discuss your work with the public or with peers.

You will also be asked to submit examples of your work as support material. This can be writing, images, sound, video, or anything else that you consider best represents your practice.

Support material is submitted either as web links or as file uploads. Please note the following limits:

  • WRITING - we will only read ten pages of written or scored material, so please choose carefully. Maximum file size is 1 MB.
  • VIDEO - the assessors will only watch a maximum of ten minutes of video, so it is in your best interest to guide us to a video that has been edited to show your work to its best advantage. Video must be submitted via a link to a media platform.
  • AUDIO - the assessors will only listen to a maximum of ten minutes of audio. Audio can be submitted either as a link to a media platform or as an uploaded file. In the latter case, each file must be in MP3 format and no more than 1 MB.

You will be asked to provide a brief description of each file i.e. title, date, duration.

Selection process

All applications will be assessed 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%).

Applications will be assessed by industry peers.


The stipend for the 2017 Gallop House residency is $15,000 for twelve months. This will be scaled proportionally for shorter residencies.


For more information about Prelude, contact us on 02 4422 2109 or at