Applications open – 2015 PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission

Applications open

PBS-Young-Elder-JazzAre you a Victorian jazz composer under the age of 35?

PBS 106.7FM and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival are delighted to announce the fourth year of the PBS Young Elder of Jazz Commission.

The Commission promotes innovation and excellence in jazz composition, and is open to Victorian jazz composers under the age of 35. The Commission will award $10,000 for the creation and presentation of a new work to be broadcast on PBS and premiered at the 2015 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF).

In 2014 the Commission was awarded to trombonist and composer Tilman Robinson for the creation of his new work “The Agony of Knowledge”, which premiered at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club to a sold-out house. Tilman was influenced by Icelandic literature, which offered a new insight into Norse mythology and custom.

“The PBS Younger Elder of jazz Commission has allowed for a monumental progression in my career as a composer and performer. Not only has it allowed me to pen an entirely new work, it also ensured that myself and the musicians involved were adequately supported while we explored new directions in my music. To be able to perform this new work at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival to a sold out audience (a testament to PBS and its members’ support of the event) was a massive event in my career and has already proven fruitful as offers for new works have flown in”, said Tilman.

The Commission aims to support composers already actively engaging with audiences, and provides a platform to nurture the future of contemporary jazz composition in Victoria.

PBS and the MIJF are delighted to collaborate on this important initiative, which has been made possible through the generous support of Mark Newman.

Applications are open from Monday 13 October and close at 5pm Friday 31 October 2014.

Download an entry form on the PBS website

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