Budding Coffs Harbour composers and musicians are encouraged to apply for a fellowship to honour music great Peter Sculthorpe.
Budding Coffs Harbour composers and musicians are encouraged to apply for a fellowship to honour music great Peter Sculthorpe. AAP/Alan Porritt

Music makers of Coffs Harbour in line for Sculthorpe award

EMERGING musicians and composers of the Coffs Coast are encouraged to apply for the inaugural Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship.

To honour the internationally renowned composer, applications will be open between July 5 and 16 for the $30,000 fellowship that will be offered every second year by the NSW Government and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.

"This fellowship will support the professional development of an emerging NSW-based composer or performer dedicated to producing new Australian music," Coffs Harbour MP Andrew Fraser said.

"The fellowship is in honour of the contribution to Australia's musical heritage by Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE, who is widely acknowledged as one of the nation's most significant composers.

"This fellowship is a terrific initiative for upcoming musicians and composers while celebrating his legacy."

Mr Fraser said Peter Sculthorpe's passing last year was felt deeply by those who worked with him and loved his music.

A committee will be established comprising representatives from the Sculthorpe Trustees, the NSW Government and the University of Sydney to administer the fellowship.

For more information including details on to apply, www.music.sydney.edu.au or www.arts.nsw.gov.au



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