The 2020


at  Storey Hall

RMIT University, Swanston Street, Melbourne



We are delighted to announce that the Emerging Composer Competition is now open, and that this year we will have not one but five categories.


  • Five separate categories are open to female/non-binary persons, who may submit a composition in one of the following genres: Indigenous (the composer must identify as a First Peoples’ person); Classical, Games, Film or Jazz.   

  • The composition must be original and never previously performed in public.

  • A sample of the piece of at least three minutes’ duration may be submitted to the competition; the final winning composition must be no less than seven minutes and no more than ten minutes in duration.

  • The composition must be scored for keyboard, flute, cello and percussion.    

  • The composition must be presented as a written score, uploaded as pdf and sent to along with your details (name, education background and anything about the composition you would like the judges to know) by the due date.


  • The winner of each composition category will be mentored for three hours in total by a composition mentor nominated by the Festival, as a part of the winner’s prize.


  • The composer gives written permission for the piece to be performed during the Festival at a time and place to be decided by the judging panel.

  • The composer gives written permission for the piece to be broadcast in any medium nominated by the judging panel.

  • The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence regarding the winning pieces will be entered into.


  • A $1000 prize will be awarded in each category, plus three hours (total) mentoring.  The judging panel reserve the right to withhold awarding a prize in any category.

Submissions open on 1 November 2019 and close at midnight on 3 January 2020.

2019 Festival Overview

The inaugural Women in Music Festival 2019 was a celebration of women composing for Indigenous, Games, Classical, Film and Jazz music.

The Festival was founded to address the fact that less than 5% of music performed on the concert platform is of music written by women.

On Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of March, from 12pm to 4pm,  free events included forums, lectures, market stalls, buskers, fresh cold-pressed juices... and then to top off both days, from 7pm to 9pm, we experienced spectacular concerts of stunning pieces written by women and performed by some of Australia's finest musicians. 

Planning for the 2020 Festival - Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March - is well underway!  Save the dates! 



Meet The Musicians



Monica Curro (violin),

Philip Arkinstall (clarinet), and Stefan Cassomenos (piano)

Performance Partners

Professor Cat Hope

Head of the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music

Caitlin Yeo


Meet The Team

Monica Curro

Artistic Director, Violinist

Photo credit: Belinda Strodder

Debra Waters

Web Design,

Social Media Content Creator


With deep thanks to our venue partner RMIT University, corporate sponsors KAWAI and BIG ANT STUDIOS,  performance partner, PLEXUS and media partner 3MBS.

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Welcome to Country

N'Arweet Carolyn Briggs

Boon Wurrung Elder



Festival Telephone: +61 45 111 5894



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