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WAYJO Composer in Residence Application 2020
The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) is offering young jazz composers exciting opportunities to develop new works for big band with no artistic restrictions and to enhance their writing and conducting skills.

Through its unique Composer-in-Residence programs, WAYJO annually supports two emerging composers to develop new works for big band, offering both generous commission fees and artistic mentorship. Such opportunities are offered rarely in Australia.

The programs are run under the guidance of WAYJO’s Artistic Director, Dr Mace Francis (winner – 2015 APRA/AMCOS Jazz Work of the Year and international Scrivere in Jazz prize; finalist – Freedman Jazz Fellowship; 2017 Prelude Gallop House Composer Residency).

There is no fee to apply, and successful applicants will be notified by Friday 24 January, 2020.

Applications open 9.00am Monday 18 November, 2019 - and close Friday 17 January, 2020 at 5.00pm AWST.

No extensions will be offered or late/incomplete applications accepted.
Please Note: The WAYJO offices will be closed for the holidays Friday 20 December, 2019 to Wednesday 8 January, 2020.
Terms & Conditions
To apply for the Composer &/or Associate Composer in Residence, please note the following requirements:

Submission of the below application form, plus up to 3 original composition scores and recordings (via download link/s or mail), are required before the closing date. Live or computer generated recordings are accepted.

This program is open to all Australian composers (citizens and permanent residents).

The successful applicants will be required to compose the requisite number of original new works, each of between six and eight minutes duration, for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Wednesday Night Orchestra (18-piece big band). These works must submitted to WAYJO's Artistic Director by Monday June 8, 2020.

COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE
• Open to any jazz composer aged 30 years or younger (as at 1st January 2020), residing in Australia.
• AU$4,000 offered to the successful applicant to develop 3 new, original compositions.
• Unless the applicant is a resident of the Perth metropolitan area, economy flights from the applicant’s nearest Australian capital city, and accommodation for an agreed period, will be offered up the value of $1,500.
• The successful applicant will be required to compose three new works, each of between six and eight minutes duration, for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Wednesday Night Orchestra. These works must submitted to WAYJO's Artistic Director by Monday June 8, 2020.

ASSOCIATE COMPOSER IN RESIDENCE
• Open to any jazz composer aged 21 years or younger (as at 1st January 2020), residing in Western Australia.
• AU$2,000 offered to the successful applicant to develop at least 2 new, original compositions.
• The successful applicant will be required to compose two new works, each of between six and eight minutes duration, for the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra Wednesday Night Orchestra. These works must submitted to WAYJO's Artistic Director by Monday June 8, 2020.

BOTH POSITIONS INCLUDE
• Advice and mentoring from WAYJO’s award-winning music directors and/or music industry professionals.
• Opportunities to rehearse and perform with WAYJO’s premier band, the 18-piece Wednesday Night Orchestra.
• An opportunity to premier the works at the King St Corner Pocket Jazz Festival, running 30 July – 1 August, 2020.

While applicants under 21 years of age residing in WA may apply for both positions, they may be selected for one position only at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

The successful applicants will be notified by Friday 24 January, 2020. The applicant has 5 business days to accept the position. Should the applicant not accept within the allotted time frame, the position will be offered to the next suitable applicant. The applicant is to abide by WAYJO policies during rehearsals and performances.

WAYJO is happy to provide feedback regarding applications; however, decisions regarding the offer of the role are final and will not be reconsidered.
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