The ABC has announced the recipients of its inaugural composer commissioning fund, with 15 grants awarded totalling $90,000. The commissions will support a diverse range of voices and themes, including female, Indigenous, culturally and linguistically diverse, and LGBTQI+ composers.

Eric Avery

The ten new commissions for ABC Classic were awarded to:

  • composer and world music expert Brent Keogh;
  • First Nations violinist and emerging composer Eric Avery, who will collaborate with Ensemble Offspring;
  • The Titjikala Womens’ Choir, which will work with Northern Territory singer/songwriter Nancy Bates and pianist/electrical cristal player Gabriella Smart;
  • concert, film and game music composer Christine Pan, who will write for harpist Kate Moloney;
  • violinist Camille Barry and composer-producer Thomas Green;
  • composer Heather Percy, who will collaborate with Sydney Chamber Choir and its Artistic Director Sam Allchurch;
  • composer Elizabeth Younan, who will draw on her Lebanese heritage;
  • Tasmanian composer and musician Emily Sheppard who will collaborate with singer-songwriter Claire Anne Taylor;
  • composer-performer Henry Liang;
  • and composer Meta Cohen, who will write for choral group Divisi Chamber Singers.

The cross-cultural collaborations will feature familiar classical and jazz instruments alongside the Arabic Oud, Japanese Shō, Chinese...