Welcome to the

Australian Music Composition Competition

est. 2014.

2020 Results Here!

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First Prize of $3,000 Sponsored by Matt Withers

James Madsen, Sydney

Second Prize of $1,000 Sponsored by Ecotopia

Meredith Connie, Melbourne

U25 Emerging Composer Award, Sponsored by Guitars Online

Julia Vlahogiannis, Sydney

The prize pool includes over $10,000 in cash and prizes such as:

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

Applicants were 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 closed Friday 31st January 2020

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

Accomodation for the winning composers generously provided by Gold Sponsor University House, ANU.

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

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