Supporting Australian composers

Photo: Chris Jallard

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 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 May 2018.



2018 winners

The winners of the 2018 Prelude residencies were announced at the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address at Carriageworks in Sydney on 9 November 2017. They were Rafael Karlen (Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, Sydney), Gabriella Smart (Beaumont Cottage, Adelaide) and Kate Moore (Gallop House, Perth).

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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 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.

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.

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.

When to apply

Applications for 2018 Prelude residencies have closed.

Applications for 2019 residencies will open in May 2018.

Peggy Glanville-Hicks

Peggy Glanville-Hicks

Length of residencies

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.

How to apply

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 location. You can ask to be considered for any of the residencies. If you wish to be considered for more than one of them, you will be asked to list your order of preference.
  • your preferred dates for the residency
  • 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.

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