Announcing the Women in Music Festival Inaugural Student Composition Challenge!

This year, the Festival is hosting a very exciting composition challenge for emerging composers who are still at school: female, non-binary and male composers.

The Festival is partnering with the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) to offer students the chance to write a short piece - inspired by poetry - for a prescribed ensemble or instruments from that ensemble, namely soprano, flute, piano and percussion.

A panel made up of some of Australia’s finest musicians will select a number of pieces to be performed at a concert at the iconic Storey Hall on Sunday, 14 June 2020.


· Five compositional categories are open to student female/non-binary or male composers who may submit in one of the following genres: Indigenous (the composer must identify as Indigenous), Classical, Games, Film or Jazz.

NOTE: A $200 prize is available in each category, plus a professionally typeset printed copy of the score which will be presented to the composer by the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB).


· The composition must be original and written by a current primary or secondary school student.


· The composition must be scored for one of or a combination of the following: soprano, flute, piano, percussion, and inspired by the poetry of Patricia Sykes or Ben Lawson as follows - 

ropes 2

upside down you’re a

circus gypsy a wanderer

on a rope who swings

and sings to herself

knowing an upturned world

makes the proper sense

Patricia Sykes

Published in the collection Wire Dancing by Spinifex Press. Ropes 2 arose out of Patricia's experiences as a performer with The Women’s Circus, a Footscray Community Arts Centre project.

· The composition must be between two and three minutes in duration. Longer pieces will not be accepted.


· The composition must be presented as a written score - whether handwritten or typeset - uploaded as a pdf and emailed to along with the composer’s name, age, school, email (a parent or school email address is fine), a copy of the submission fee payment receipt and anything the composer would like the judges to know about the composition, together with an $20 administration fee, by the due date being 14 May 2020.


· The composer/guardian 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/guardian 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 piece/s will be entered into.


· The judging panel reserve the right to withhold awarding a prize in any category.



Submissions open on 14 March 2020 and close at midnight on 14 May 2020.


Payment can be made by either direct bank transfer or PayPal.

To pay via Direct Bank Transfer please use the following details -

ACCOUNT NAME: Women In Music Festival

BSB: 063 262

ACCOUNT NO.: 1097 5519

To pay via PayPal please click the button below - 

© 2020 Women in Music Festival

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