The SOUNZ Community Commission is made available through the generosity of an anonymous donor and the project is administered by SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music.

The SOUNZ Community Commission aims to bring together New Zealand professional composers and community groups to create and perform a new work. It was established in 1999 and has resulted in works for diverse groups such as recorder choir, experimental sound artists and children’s theatre.

The commission consists of a grant of $1,800, which is awarded to a professional composer to enable them to engage with a community group he/she has not worked with before. The aim is to support a collaborative process between the composer and a community group and to create a series of resources based on the experiences of the two parties involved. A further $1000 is available for the successful group to hold a public performance or concert for the resulting work.

“We are very pleased to continue the SOUNZ Community Commission this year. SOUNZ has enjoyed being involved in the process of our 2016 Community Commission with composer Julian Raphael and community group Active who will perform a song cycle in May. As one of our key projects, it is an important part of our work in connecting New Zealand composers with the communities around the country.”

Diana Marsh, SOUNZ Executive Director

Suggestions for projects from NZ composers should be emailed to by 5 pm Monday 29 May 2017. All applications are forwarded to the anonymous donor, who chooses which project will receive the grant. Preference will be given to composers who are not in full-time employment or studying. The selected project will be announced in July 2017.
Click here for more information and application guidelines.

Download the application form and information here.

SOUNZ Community Commission


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