The ANAM Set


The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is excited to realise an ambitious project that will see 67 Australian composers working in close partnership with ANAM's 67 musicians to create 67 new solo/duo Australian works to be premiered between September and November 2021.

In addition to creating over six hours of new Australian music, this project (made possible by support from the Commonwealth Government’s RISE fund) seeks to provide each ANAM musician with the experience of collaborating with a composer to produce a new work that compliments and enriches their musical strengths.

ANAM’s Artistic Director and artistic staff will directly commission a number of these composers. Additionally, ANAM is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Australian composers of diverse backgrounds and career trajectories, working across a range of art music styles. Composers do not need to be currently based in Australia.



  • Works to be for either solo flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, percussion/timpani, piano (other keyboard instruments by negotiation), violin, viola, cello or double bass;
  • Works may include auxiliary instruments by discussion;
  • Works may include one additional instrument and/or electronics.

It is expected that the composers meet with their assigned ANAM musician (either online or in person) on a regular basis to collaborate on the development of their work.

6 minutes


February 2021      

Composers confirmed

March 2021

Composers paired with musicians

June - September 2021
(depending on performance date)   

Delivery of scores/parts

September - November 2021

Public performances and recordings

AUD$5,000 (excl. GST); 50% paid on signing of contract; 50% on delivery of score.


  • Curriculum Vitae, including details of composition experience (including recent commissions and performances);
  • Two recent scores, uploaded as attachments;
  • Links to three recordings of recent works;
  • A 250-word (maximum) statement outlining why you would like to be part of this project; what you might bring to a creative relationship with an ANAM musician, and what you would hope to gain from this experience;
  • Contact details of two professional referees.

Fully completed EOIs must be received by midnight Sunday 31 January 2021 using the following online form:


  • Applications will be adjudicated by a panel comprising ANAM’s Artistic Director and members of ANAM’s artistic staff;
  • Successful applicants will be required to enter into a contract with ANAM;
  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission. 

Further enquiries:


The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is dedicated to training the most exceptional classical musicians – aged 17-27 years – from Australia and New Zealand. ANAM provides an intense studio-based program of individually-tailored lessons, classes, coaching, seminars and rehearsals, which underpins the only professional performance training program in Australia, and one of the few in the world. Founded in 1995, ANAM is funded by a mix of Commonwealth Government funding and private fundraising revenue and is currently training 67 of the country's most outstanding musicians.


“Through these collaborations I am hoping to extend my awareness of the social-political issues that surround us in our current environment. By collaborating with like-minded artists and composers, our horizons are extended and challenged in ways we may not have considered before.”
Alison Fane (VIC) percussion

“The ANAM Set is one of the most enabling and important projects in Australian music I am yet to see, and I am so grateful to be a part of it! As a young performer the process of collaborating with composers in the creation of new works can be the most exhilarating form of the creative process, and I am thrilled to build a new creative dialogue with a composer and discover how we can enlighten each other.”
Henry Justo (QLD) viola

“Working with a composer is one of the most rewarding and fascinating experiences you can have as a performing musician. I cannot wait to embark on this journey with ANAM in 2021, and I look forward to hearing the incredible music that comes out of this project.”
Hannah Pike (QLD) piano

Supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative

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