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


FutureMakers is Musica Viva’s artistic leadership initiative, under the guidance of Artistic Director Genevieve Lacey.

FutureMakers discovers and enables brilliant early career artists to become Australia’s musical leaders of tomorrow. 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.

Aura Go and Matthias Schack-Arnott - FutureMakers 2018-19

Aura Go, piano and Matthias Schack-Arnott, percussive artist, are the FutureMakers 2018-19 artists. Across their two years in the initiative, they will be provided with mentoring from industry professionals, introductions to a strategic network, performance opportunities, and funding and support to 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. We invite you to join them on their FutureMakers journey.


Arcadia Winds were the inaugural Musica Viva FutureMakers 2015-17 artists. Their involvement in the initiative saw the group have a significant national and international performing impact, as well as giving them a strong understanding of their artistic identity and opening them up to wider range of performance and collaboration possibilities, and create and implement a long-term strategic plan and brand. For Musica Viva, the focus on youth, on Australian music and cultural identity and contemporary music has broadened and opened up audiences to think about different formats of chamber music and provided reach into different audiences (including international and digital).

FutureMakers 2015-17 saw 120 mentors, presenters and collaborators involved, 12 new music works and performance projects created (including The Air I Breathe Musica Viva In Schools show), 16,000 Australian and international audiences reached and many new partnerships developed (including with Abbotsford Convent, Circus Oz and UKARIA).

‘FutureMakers is about really thinking outside the box in terms of creating opportunities for yourself in every way that you can possibly imagine.’

Kiran Phatak, FutureMakers 2015-17 artist

‘As an early career artist, participating in the FutureMakers program gives me an unparalleled opportunity to access and connect with leading Australian artists, thinkers and others as I map out the next chapter of my professional life.’
Aura Go, FutureMakers 2018-19 artist

‘FutureMakers is a key platform which lays the foundations for success for their participants. It is differentiated from other musical and artist development programs in that it focuses on more than the artistry. FutureMakers has recognised for sustained success and value to the community, the musicians need to build skills beyond their music. This holistic approach sets up the participants with the best possible chance of long term contribution and leadership to the cultural life of existing and new audiences nationally and internationally.’

Lynette Nixon, Director, Design & Employee Experience, PwC Australia & FutureMakers lead mentor

Lead funding for FutureMakers is provided by the Berg Family Foundation.

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.