2020 Summers Night Project Composer Callout


The Summers Night Project is a national mentoring project established to support and mentor emerging female and non-binary composers to create a new composition for performances in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, with the aim of growing the gender diversity of composers in music programs Australia-wide. 

About the Project

Five female and non-binary composers, each residing in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria respectively, of any age, genre or background will be chosen to be part of this project, with the aim of growing the pool of diverse composers in music programs Australia-wide. Indigenous composers are particularly encouraged to apply.

A mentorship team selected from each state and the new music ensembles, Decibel (WA), Soundstream (SA) and Clocked Out (QLD), will work with the five selected mentees toward creating a new work for their combined ensemble to workshop and perform. The mix of composers and new music performer mentors aims to facilitate a practical opportunity for mentees to create and render their work a reality. Each composer will have access to skype sessions (in person where possible) with each of the composer and performance mentors in addition to ongoing email contact.

After initial consultations, planning, and development, workshops of the works will begin in Perth, and will then go on to be performed in concerts in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Where required, the mentees will travel to Perth for the workshop and premiere performance before returning home. Composer mentees will then be invited to be the featured artist at their home city concert.

The participants will be provided with an honorarium as well as travel, per diems and accommodation for the workshop period in Perth.


Call Out opens: Wednesday 12th February 2020
Submissions close: 9pm AEDT Monday 2nd March 2020

2020 Mentorship participants
Announced week of 2nd March 2020

Commissioned Works
Working drafts to be submitted to performers no later than 8th June 2020
Duration of Work: 7 – 10 minutes

Any combination of the following.
Piano, Percussion, Violin or Viola, Cello and Stereo Playback.
Technical support provided – Microphones for all instruments, Stereo PA, access to assistance with technical setup and Decibel Scoreplayer app for iPad where required.

Schedule: July 9 – 17 2020
Workshop period with all mentors and mentees online
Concert 1 –  Perth
Concert 2 –  Brisbane
Concert 3 –  Melbourne
Concert 4 –  Sydney
Concert 5 –  Adelaide

How to Apply

Mentees should apply via the Google Form: https://forms.gle/4hn8Rbf1X6GfG6cH6
Please include the following

  1. A written statement (no more than 2 A4 pages) outlining why they wish to undertake the mentorship and what they expect to gain from their involvement
  2. A one-page composers CV
  3. Links to two examples of extant work online: score and recording if possible

Submissions will be considered by the mentoring panel chaired by a staff member from Tura, using the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the application (thoughtful, clear articulation of ideas)
  2. Quality of previous work (original, creative, clear communication of musical ideas)
  3. Suitability of the proposal to the ensembles featured (instrumentation, aesthetic)
  4. Suitability of the mentee to the mentors

Whilst all mentors will discuss each application, mentors for each state will abstain from voting on their state mentee.

Decisions made by the mentoring panel will be final, and not subject to review.

Submissions to be received no later than 9pm AEDT Monday 2nd March 2020.

Project Partners

Soundstream, APRA AMCOS,  Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University,
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Monash University, Decibel New Music Ensemble, Clocked Out, University of Adelaide, Australian Music CentreChamber Music Adelaide,

Government Project Funding

Soundstream have been funded for this project by The Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding advisory body.

Media Partner

ABC Classic