Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers
Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers

Hear Her Voice – Championing Female Composers

Flinders Quartet Inc.

Those Supported
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people | Other
Age Demographic
Varied Ages
Project Focus
Arts and culture | Education
Project Area
Australia
NSW | TAS | VIC
Metro

Project Description

The Living Music Report revealed that only 0.05% of works performed in 2019 were written by First Nations composers and just 3% of works in repertoire were by female composers. Women have experienced prejudice over the years resulting in a poor representation in the classical music canon, limited role models for contemporary female composers, and a tendency for companies to program familiar male composers which attract an assured audience. This creates a greater financial risk for companies presenting female works, and fewer pieces by female composers to select from, particularly from First Nations composers. Hear Her Voice is a multifaceted approach to address the lack of women composing in the industry, and provides clear opportunities to develop women within this sector. It will
– provide crucial career pathways, residencies and profile through commissions and premieres
– provide established female composers as role models and mentors for emerging female artists
– promote women across the broader industry and provide partnership and professional recordings of their work for national broadcast
– advance women composer’s professional capacity and careers. FQ will champion and celebrate women composers, growing a future audience for their work. It will lead the industry by programming and promoting (not just commissioning) female composers in its mainstream programming to demonstrate the popularity and financial viability of presenting women composers.

Expected Outcomes

This project will deliver commissions, intensive training, mentoring, residencies and performances.

BUNGAREE
Yorta Yorta composer Deborah Cheetham AO tells the story of Bungaree (explorer, interpreter, guide) and his relationship with Matthew Flinders as they circumnavigated Australia. Touring & outreach engagement.

MARGARET SUTHERLAND
One of the great musical vanguards, yet overlooked. Katy Abbott will create a song cycle using Sutherland’s private papers to tell her story. Development, premiere, touring.

CLARA SCHUMANN
Jessica Wells will arrange Schumann’s Op. 16, bringing Schumann’s work into the string quartet sphere and highlighting the contributions of classical and contemporary female composers. Development, premiere, touring.

COMPOSER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (CDP) & RESIDENCY
CDP is a mentoring and educational initiative aimed at taking emerging composer’s work to the next level. It offers compositional and creative development, promotion, public performance (live and live-streamed), industry launch and a recording of their work (airplay on 3MBS). Two participants will receive a residency in Tasmania to further develop their work.

EMERGING COMPOSERS IN RESIDENCE & COMMISSION
Following the CDP, five composers were offered an Emerging Composers in Residence and commission. This provides the crucial next step in their careers, improving their craft, and offering invaluable mentoring throughout their commissioning process.

Project Data & Lessons

Outcomes:
• An increase in women interested in pursuing composition
• An increase in works by women composers being programmed in mainstream company seasons
• Increased opportunities and career advancement for women participating in this initiative
• A growing a passion for women composer’s work among audiences
• Increased commissioning of women Assessment of this project and its impact in the sector includes:
• Tracking the creative development and career progress of participating composers. Interviewing participants regarding their mentoring experience, the success of the program in creatively advancing their composition and practice, awards, further development opportunities, commissions, inclusion in programming, and airplay.
• Evaluating the shifting perspectives of FQ's established audience regarding female composers and their work.
• Evaluating the growth in audience for female programming.
• Evaluating the industry engagement in the program and the impact this has on their programming/commissioning choices.

The Living Music Report revealed that only 0.05% of works performed in 2019 were written by First Nations composers and just 3% of works in repertoire were by female composers. Women have experienced prejudice over the years resulting in a poor representation in the classical music canon, limited role models for contemporary female composers, and a tendency for companies to program familiar male composers which attract an assured audience. This creates a greater financial risk for companies presenting female works, and fewer pieces by female composers to select from, particularly from First Nations composers. Hear Her Voice is a multifaceted approach to address the lack of women composing in the industry, and provides clear opportunities to develop women within this sector. It will
– provide crucial career pathways, residencies and profile through commissions and premieres
– provide established female composers as role models and mentors for emerging female artists
– promote women across the broader industry and provide partnership and professional recordings of their work for national broadcast
– advance women composer’s professional capacity and careers. FQ will champion and celebrate women composers, growing a future audience for their work. It will lead the industry by programming and promoting (not just commissioning) female composers in its mainstream programming to demonstrate the popularity and financial viability of presenting women composers.

Project Dates

Project Commences – July 9, 2021
Project Completes – May 30, 2022

Funding Details

$20,000
Funding Needed
$142,500
Current Funding
$162,500
Total Project Costs
0
Approved Deductible Gift Recipient
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Earned income through concert ticket sales and fees $31,000 / Applicant’s own contribution $4,800 / In kind support $9,000 / Government funding $42,700 / Trusts and Foundations grants $30,000 / Private donations $45,000
Other Support Opportunities

Organisation Details

Flinders Quartet Inc.
ABN: 66 216 491 840

Contact Details

Kirsty Hillhouse, Development Manager
phone: 0414347335

About Flinders Quartet Inc.

FLINDERS QUARTET is an internationally respected force in chamber music. Since 2000, they have continued a steadfast commitment to the accessibility of the art-form and the growth of Australian chamber music, championing contemporary relevance and art-form regeneration. Purpose: To share the life-enriching impact of chamber music as broadly as possible. Vision: Caring for tradition. Daring to be different. Mission: To be the vanguard of artistic excellence and generosity, championing art-form renewal, community engagement, creative and commercial vibrancy. Four pillars of activity: SUBSCRIPTION SERIES•A full spectrum repertoire of classical and contemporary Australian compositions•Presented nationally•Recorded and live-streamed•Regular airplay (ABC Classic, 3MBS, Sydney’s Fine Music FM) INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT•Commissioning and premiering works by esteemed and emerging Australian composers•Composer Development Program •Recording COMMUNITY OUTREACH•Investing in remote and socially disadvantaged communities •Regional mentoring•High school residencies engaging culturally diverse, disenfranchised young people TOURING•Regionally, nationally and internationally