Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition

Welcome to the

Australian Music Composition Competition

est. 2014.

2020 Entries Now Open!

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Over $10,000 in cash and prizes including $3,000 cash First Place


Performances, Flights, Accommodation, Composer Workshop, ABC Classic Recording and more!

Open age competition to Australian residents with an Under 25 Emerging Artist Award.

Applicants are invited to submit an original musical composition based on the inspiration artwork ‘Outback’ by Sue Needham for the duo ensemble of classical guitar and piano of 4 – 6 minutes in duration.

Entries close COB Friday 31st January 2020

Download the Entry Form here!

Sue Needham’s 2020 inspiration work:


“In this particular outback rendering of an aerial landscape I’ve depicted variations of what’s on earth. 

Seen from above one’s imagination takes over.

What can a musician interpret from the abstraction of country from high above I wonder?”


Sample previous work recorded by Sally Whitwell & Matt Withers in various ensemble combinations on Spotify here, with the 2020 Inspiration Playlist

Many thanks to the generous sponsors support the 2020 Competition offering over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

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