The 5 Cs of (arts) grant applications

From 2009-2013, in my role as Chair of the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, I assessed over 2000 grant applications. This included reading thousands of pages and listening to countless hours of support materials – which was a rare privilege, and extremely illuminating re. the vast range of musical activity occurring around Australia. Based on this experience, many people have asked general advice as to how to write grant applications. There is no magic bullet. However, the Continue reading The 5 Cs of (arts) grant applications

Raising the Bar – article for Australian Music Month

A blog article for ABC Classic FM’s Australian Music Month in which I argue for the importance of investing in long-term results in order to create better Australian music. In this Australian Music Month, it’s entirely appropriate and justifiable to celebrate the standard of Australian music. Australian music is now of a quality that is higher than ever. It’s extremely diverse, with musicians increasingly taking a professional and individual approach with music that engages with contemporary Australian society and attitudes, rather Continue reading Raising the Bar – article for Australian Music Month

Interview with Graham Abbott, ABC Classic FM

I recently was the featured composer on the excellent ABC Classic FM program, Keys to Music. I was interviewed by Graham Abbott, and the program includes a selection of my works. Graham Abbott It was a fun interview and it seems that many people around Australia enjoyed it. ABC Classic FM has enabled this interview to be streamed until around the end of May. It is available here.