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The Australian Section for ISCM is co-ordinated by the Australian Music Centre (AMC), the national service organisation for music by Australian composers. The AMC is involved in a range of activities in addition to its usual work as a music information centre. 

The AMC's core funding is from the Music Board of the Australia Council for the Arts (accounting for some 45% of the Centre's budget). The current funding level reflects the Music Board's support for the AMC's plans to develop its facility to render its substantial collection of contemporary compositions in the online environment. The AMC has embarked upon this significant project which will take some time and still further financial investment to realise. The remainder of AMC's income (some 55% of the total budget) is from sales, memberships, donations and sponsorships. These funds continue to support Australian music through the library, information services, publications, website and international promotions. 

Composer development activities and promotion of composers continue to be a major focus for the Centre. The AMC, in collaboration with SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music (with support from the Australia Council, Creative New Zealand, and the Australasian Performing Right Association - APRA), established the Trans-Tasman composer exchange residency in 2003 to further develop music relationships between the two countries. The 2005 residency involved New Zealand composer Jim Gardiner spending time in November with players of the ELISION Ensemble, and a new work is currently being prepared for ELISION to premier in August 2006. The 2006 residency is about to be finalised, with an Australian composer spending time with a New Zealand host organisation. 

The MODART composer development project was initiated in 2003 as a partnership between the AMC and The Song Company, Australia's leading vocal ensemble. The 2005 project saw young composers from around the country contributing works for workshop (held in February 2005) and later developed for performance in Sydney and Melbourne in September. The workshops and concert were recorded for national broadcast by ABC Classic FM. 

Outstanding achievements in the Australian music community continue to be recognised though the annual Australian Classical Music Awards, a partnership between AMC and the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Awards are presented for Best Composition, Best Performance and Outstanding Contribution in numerous fields. The winners of these Awards are determined by the Australian Music Centre's National Panel comprising various members of the music community, composers, performers, musicologists, educators, critics and administrators. 
'Works of the Year' are also awarded in the genres of Orchestral, Instrumental and Vocal/Choral. These awards are initially assessed by APRA on the basis of performance throughout the previous year, with final qualitative assessment judged by the National Awards Composition Panel.

Every 2 or 3 years the AMC administers the Paul Lowin Prizes, the richest prizes in Australia for composition, with a $25,000 prize for an orchestral composition (won in 2004 by Liza Lim for herEcstatic Architecture), and a $15,000 prize for a song cycle (won in 2004 by Andrew Ford for his work Learning to Howl). These prizes take place again in late 2006.

The Australian Music Centre is greatly assisted by the New Music Network, representing 15 of Australia's new music ensembles and presenting organisations, which enables close co-operation and co-ordination of the functions of creation, presentation, and promotion of new music. The Network, based in Sydney, continues its work of promoting the concerts of its individual members, developing audiences across a broad range of new music practice. The Network's annual concert series continues to attract audiences who respond well to the varied programs of new music presented. In 2006 a similar network, New Music Machine (NMM), was also established in Melbourne under the guidance of David Young, to provide a level of infrastructure support for several established and emerging ensembles there. 

A close relationship is maintained between the AMC, NMN, and NMM, and plans are underway to establish an ensemble touring exchange between Melbourne and Sydney. The large distances between cities in Australia (Sydney-Melbourne 1,000kms; Sydney-Brisbane 1,000 kms, Sydney-Perth 4,100kms) provide a particular challenge in maintaining contact and relationships, and the Australian ISCM section works hard to ensure a steady flow of information and communication across the broad range of new music making in Australia.

John Davis
ISCM Australian Section




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