Suggestions for projects from NZ composers should be emailed to by 5pm Friday 4 May 2018. All applications are forwarded to the 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 June 2018.  Click here for more information and application guidelines.

Once the recipient is selected, a performance should be scheduled during 2018 and completed by 31 May 2019. A score and/or recording of the work will be lodged with SOUNZ, and SOUNZ licence or publishing arranged so that it can be performed by similar groups in the future.

Further information, including previous SOUNZ Community Commissions, can be found on here.

The SOUNZ Community Commission is made available through the generosity of a donor and is administered by SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music. The project brings together NZ 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 community group for young people with learning disabilities, recorder choir, experimental sound artists and children’s theatre.

The commission consists of a grant of $2,000, 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 $800 is available for the successful group to hold a public performance or concert for the resulting work.

Rainbow Rosalind
SOUNZ Community Commission 2017 winner Rainbow Rosalind aka Rosalind Manowitz, who is working on a programme of orchestral music for children with the Dunedin Youth Orchestra.


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