Applications are now open for the SOUNZ Community Commission | Te Tono Mahinga ā-Hapori a SOUNZ 2019.

The project brings 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 a community group for young people with learning disabilities, community choirs, experimental sound artists, youth orchestras 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.

We welcome submissions from New Zealand composers working with diverse community and cultural groups such as choir, orchestra, chamber, kapa haka (youth, schools, church, kaumātua, community), and other groups.  Proposals for projects from composers should be emailed, with the completed application form, to by 5 pm Monday 15 July 2019.

Click here for more information and application guidelines. For further information, including previous SOUNZ Community Commissions, visit the SOUNZ website

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

SOUNZ Community Commission 2018 winner David Hamilton, will create a new work that will be performed by the Taranaki Youth Orchestra and Taranaki Junior Jay Band, along with the region’s musical community of school choirs and instrumentalists.

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