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FutureMakers discovers and enables brilliant early career artists to become Australia’s musical leaders of tomorrow. The initiative’s two-year part-time program is centred on the development and creation of a music-centred performance project, supported by a professional development curriculum focussed on nurturing artistic leadership, developing entrepreneurial capabilities and shaping the sector’s future.

With the skills developed during their time in the initiative, these leaders will contribute to Australia’s cultural, education and research communities, creating new work, knowledge and audiences and enhancing both their own and Musica Viva’s brands.

2018 - 2019 Artists

Aura Go and Matthias Schack-Arnott, 2018-19 artists. Image: Keith Saunders.

Aura Go, piano and Matthias Schack-Arnott, percussive artist, were the FutureMakers 2018-19 artists. Across their two years in the initiative, they were mentored by industry professionals, received introductions to a strategic network, performance opportunities, and funding and support to each conceive and create one, ambitious, full-length music-centred performance project. Dynamic in content and delivery, these projects are unashamedly contemporary and experiential, created for diverse audiences and enhancing both the artists’ and Musica Viva’s brands.

Aura Go "One Space One" Trailer

Matthias Schack-Arnott “Shimmer States” Trailer

FutureMakers 2018-2019 activity included a number of professional development intensives, bringing together the participants, FutureMakers mentors and industry leaders for discussions and learning opportunities. Lead mentors involved in the initiative include Chris Kotur (Leader In Residence, Leadership Victoria), Professor Margaret Barrett (The University of Queensland), Caroline Sharpen (Principal, Sharpen Creative Industries Consulting) and Michaela Coventry (independent producer).

Monash University, through the Monash Academy of Performing Arts and Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, is the FutureMakers Education Partner, supporting the creative development of Aura and Matthias’ performance projects and having the artists and mentors in residence in the School of Music, creating an environment for the sharing of knowledge under the guidance of Professors Paul Grabowsky and Cat Hope with FutureMakers Artistic Director (2015-2019) Genevieve Lacey.

Collaborators 2018-2019

One Space One – Aura Go

  • Clare Britton, Director
  • Kristina Chan, Choreographer
  • Madeleine Flynn, Composition mentor
  • Tomoe Kawabata, Performance partner
  • Kezia Yap, Composer

Shimmer States – Matthias Schack Arnott

  • Bosco Shaw, lighting designer
  • Nick Roux, sound artist/instrument designer


  • Professor Margaret Barrett, University of Queensland
  • Karlin Love, University of Queensland

Presenters 2018-2019

Adele Schonhardt, Musica Viva

Alison Beare, UKARIA

Amanda Duthie, Adelaide Film Festival

Amelia Morgan-Hunn, Musica Viva

Anton Andreacchio, Jumpgate Virtual Reality

Antony Hamilton, Chunky Move

Bruce Gladwin, Back to Back Theatre

Cameron Lam, APRA

Catherine Haridy, Catherine Haridy Artist Management

Chloe Hooper, author

David Stiff, Collingwood Football Club

Emma Valente, THE RABBLE

Fiona Winning, Sydney Opera House

Geoff Cobham, Patch Theatre

Gianna Rosica – chartered accountant

Gideon Obarzanek, Chunky Move

Imogen Corlette – Media, Communications and PR Director

Jude Gun, Dark MOFO

Kara Ward, independent producer

Kate Davis, THE RABBLE

Katrina Sedgwick, ACMI

Keith Saunders, Keith Saunders Photography

Liza Lim, Composer

Lucy Guerin, Lucy Guerin Inc

Lyle Chan, composer

Lynette Nixon, PwC Australia

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey, audio conceptual artists

Max Delaney, Melbourne Festival

Naomi Edwards, Patch Theatre

Patricia Cornelius, Melbourne Workers Theatre

Paul Mason, Australia Council

Richard Ward, artist and physchotherapist

Robin Fox, independent artist

Scott Rankin, big hART

Thora Klein, TK Lifestyle solutions

Tilman Robinson, composer and sound designer

Tim Matthies, Musica Viva 

Toby Chadd, ABC Classic

Vanessa Picken, Comes with Fries

Wesley Enoch, Sydney Festival

Zoe Morrison, author

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For more information, please contact Janet McKay, Emerging Artists Projects Manager at [email protected].


An introduction to FutureMakers

An introduction to Aura Go.

An introduction to Matthias Schack-Arnott.