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Commission New Music

Young US musicians Beilman and Tyson, performing a world premiere by Australian composer Jane Stanley, commissioned by the Hildegard Project.

Create the finest music with us

Musica Viva offers you the unique opportunity to participate in the creation of the finest music by carefully matching your passion with the most talented composers and musicians in the country.

The result is not only the world premiere of a new work performed by internationally renowned ensembles across the nation, but a vital addition to the Australian cultural canon and a chance for Australian music to grow as a distinctive cultural force in the world.

With over 50 years of experience and more than 130 works from 50 composers created, you can trust that we have the expertise to deliver masterpieces and ensure that your generous contribution will resonate with audiences today and into the future.  

“Musica Viva’s achievement in commissioning is astounding…an incredible array of distinctive, individual voices.” 
John Davis, CEO, Australian Music Centre

Become a creator of the finest new music today by joining together with a group as a commissioning circle, or taking part in our already existing commissioning initiatives.

Ken Tribe Fund

The Ken Tribe Fund, which commemorates the legacy of Ken Tribe to Australian music and his work at Musica Viva. Ken Tribe was one of the country’s most extraordinary arts patrons and was variously chairman, artistic director, president and patron of Musica Viva.

Hildegard Project

The Hildegard Project, which aims to support female composers. This fund was inspired by a generous gift made by Katherine Grinberg in honour of the late Adrienne and Yolanda Nagy, two sisters who were passionate about making a difference to Australian music.


The Adelaide and Western Australia Commissioning Circles and Silo Collective, are three separate groups of people combining to support the creation of new work from contemporary composers.

Please contact Lachlan Snow, email [email protected] or call (02) 8394 6636 to discuss your vision and passion for the creation of new work.


Elizabeth Younan on how to support emerging composers.