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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, are the 2018-19 FutureMakers artists. Across their two years in the initiative, they've been provided with mentoring from industry professionals, 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.

FutureMakers 2018-2019 activity includes a number of professional development intensives, bringing together the participants, FutureMakers mentors and industry leaders for discussions and learning opportunities. Lead mentors and presenters involved in the initiative include Lynette Nixon (Director, Design & Employee Experience, PwC Australia),Chris Kotur (Leader In Residence, Leadership Victoria), Professor Margaret Barrett (The University of Queensland), Naomi Edwards (Artistic Director, Patch Theatre), 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 Genevieve Lacey.

We invite you to join us on the FutureMakers journey. Sign up for email updates here.

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.