The Sydney Improvised Music Association is proud to announce the re-opening of its Emerging Composers Mentorship program and is currently inviting applications from talented composers.

As part of the project, the four chosen composers will be paired with a leading Australian jazz artist who will mentor them through four creative development sessions, to write a new work for a large jazz ensemble (up to ten pieces).

Who is eligible to apply? 

Emerging and mid-career musicians who are under 40, with the drive and inspiration to compose a new work for a large ensemble. Applicants must reside in Australia.

What you’ll need to apply?

  • Links to previous compositions
  • PDF’s of previous charts

Individual program includes

  • $1500 fee to the composer
  • $1000 fee to mentor for four sessions
  • Promote and/or present the debut performance of the composition

Previous Recipients

2020 – Sophie Min – Debut Album ‘Bellwether’ on bandcamp – HERE
2019 – Cheryl Durongpisitkul – bandcamp – HERE
2018 – Harri Harding performing Salt Water on ABC Radio – HERE
2017 – Freyja Garbett – Debut Album ‘MAYA’ on bandcamp – HERE

A Gmail account is required for application. If you don’t have Gmail then please email Marketing (at)

(Pictured) Sophie Min 2020 APRA Emerging Composers Mentorship