Wednesday 10th April, 2019

Composition Meets Community

It is widely acknowledged that making music at any age has long-lasting benefits, but what about making your own music? 

The Artology Fanfare competition, now in its sixth year, is an award-winning arts initiative recognised for enabling young composers to have their works heard by thousands. The competition invites young people aged 12-21 to compose a short 30-second work. Through the selection process, eight finalists are chosen to attend a two-day workshop with professional mentors and have their compositions recorded by AYO’s Momentum Ensemble. The fanfares are then broadcast annually at partnering performance venues across the nation, and used as attention grabbing pieces to call audiences to take their seats.

Through composition the imagination takes flight – things that start as simple ideas can develop into masterpieces. The benefits of this creative process upon education as a whole are evident, particularly when it comes to the improvement of students’ confidence, communication, problem-solving and project management skills. Supporting the country’s young musicians also helps, in turn, to cement the strong creative culture that Australia enjoys, and programs such as Artology play an important role in nurturing the next generation of Australian composers.

Artology is committed to developing the creative potential of young people through experiential learning in the arts. As such, the Fanfare competition not only seeks out new works to be shared with the community but primarily encourages young people to discover their own ideas and experience the joy of composition! Though daunting for a beginner, composing does not necessarily require musical skill to be beneficial – practising this kind of creative thinking can encourage patience and persistence towards any project.

Interested in entering the competition or know someone who might like to give it a try? Artology are accepting submissions online until Monday 3rd June. Enter here.

Wondering where to start? Don’t worry - young composers of all abilities are encouraged to participate!  Artology have a collated a wealth of online resources for young people of all musical backgrounds to get involved and inspired! Take a look at this DIY Student toolkit.