Supporting Australian composers
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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 Trust, National Trust of Western Australia, National Trust of South Australia, National Trusts of Australia, APRA AMCOS, Arts South Australia, The Helpmann Academy 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.
PLEASE NOTE: the information below is for 2018 residencies and is provided as a guide. The application process and structure of 2019 residencies may change. Updated information will be provided in June 2018.
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 three long-term residencies in composers' houses in Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. The successful applicants are provided with sole occupancy of the houses as well as a stipend to cover living costs and travel.
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.
Beaumont Cottage, Beaumont SA
A charming caretaker's cottage surrounded by picturesque heritage gardens, adjacent to the historical Beaumont House in Beaumont, 8 km from Adelaide's CBD. 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.
Applications for 2018 Prelude residencies closed on 4 September 2017. We will notify applicants of the outcome in mid-October 2017.
Applications for 2019 residencies will open in June 2018.
Residencies are for twelve months at Gallop House and Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, and for nine months at Beaumont Cottage.
Applicants may propose shorter periods, but three months is the minimum residency.
The stipend for the 2018 residencies is $20,000 for twelve months. This will be scaled proportionally for shorter residencies.
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:
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:
You will be asked to provide a brief description of each file i.e. title, date, duration.
All applications will be assessed against the following weighted criteria:
Applications will be assessed by industry peers.