Pianist Aura Go and percussive artist Matthias Schack-Arnott are the latest beneficiaries of Musica Viva’s two-year FutureMakers program. Launched in 2015, FutureMakers is Musica Viva’s ambitious artist leadership initiative, designed to nurture Australia’s musical leaders of tomorrow.
FutureMakers Artistic Director Genevieve Lacey said at the recent announcement, "We're so excited to be working with Aura and Matthias. They are exceptionally courageous and talented artists. Over the next two years, they will each create a career-defining new performance work, and in doing so, make a future for themselves, for audiences and for our art form.”
“For the last nine years, I’ve been living overseas, first in the USA and currently in Finland,” Aura Go says. “FutureMakers offers me an extraordinary chance to build a professional life in my home country, while maintaining an active performance schedule in Europe. I’m passionate about education, about contemporary music, about becoming an advocate for an artform I love, both with my work and as a writer and spokesperson.”
Matthias Schack-Arnott says, “FutureMakers offers the precious commodities of resources, time and space to spend two years creating an ambitious new work. It will also give me access to extraordinary people: artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs, brilliant minds of all types, giving me the opportunity to create something career defining that will set the tone and scale of my work for the next chapter of my professional life.”
Their new artistic projects will be underpinned by a tailored professional-development curriculum focussed on artistic leadership, entrepreneurial capabilities and shaping the sector’s future. The program will be delivered by leading consultants from PwC, Leadership Victoria, Sharpen Creative Industries Consulting and many others. Through Musica Viva’s partnership with Monash University, Aura and Matthias will be resident at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, and their performance projects will be workshopped and showcased at the Monash Academy of Performing Arts. The artists will also receive performance opportunities as part of Musica Viva’s broader concert activities.
Arcadia Winds were the inaugural FutureMakers 2015-17 artists. In that time, the group worked with 120 mentors, presenters and collaborators and created 12 new music works and performance projects alongside recording and releasing their debut EP and performing to more than 16,000 Australian and international audience members.
Research led by the University of Queensland has identified FutureMakers as one of the world’s most comprehensive artist development program tailored to independent chamber musicians. Because Australian musicians rely less on artist management than those in Europe, the UK or USA, the program’s entrepreneurial emphasis, ongoing mentoring and focus on sector development are especially valuable, the report concluded.
Lead funding for FutureMakers is provided by the Berg Family Foundation. The program is also generously supported by Education Partner Monash University, The Russell Mills Foundation, Residency Partner UKARIA and performance-project supporters Monica Lim and Konfir Kabo.
To learn more about FutureMakers and how you can become involved, please visit: futuremakers.net.au