2-4 October 2019
Perth, Western Australia

Awards & Projects

Young Composer Project National Conference 2019


Are you a composer?

Would you like to have your composition performed at a national event?

Will you be aged 16-20 by September 2019?

ASME is calling for submissions of compositions from eligible students to be considered for the 2019 ASME National Conference Young Composer Project.

Composition Requirements:

  • Must be for any combination of the following instruments: Piano, Clarinet, Percussion, Violin
  • Should be approximately 5 – 6 minutes in length.
  • Can be any genre

In 2019, each chapter of the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME) may select ONE Young Composer who will be invited to attend the ASME XXII National Conference in October to be held in Perth. Each ASME chapter will fund the airfare, accommodation and student conference registration for ONE state selected Young Composer.

At the conference a special programme is provided and the Young Composers will be involved in workshops with professional composer James Ledger.  The selected students’ works will also be performed at the conference concert by the University Staff Ensemble.

The ASME Young Composers Project offers the participants:

  • Networking with other young composers at a national level
  • The opportunity to work with, and be mentored by, an established and notable composer (James Ledger)
  • A unique opportunity that does not exist elsewhere: working with a selected ensemble and the Composer-in-Residence

Submission Requirements:

To enter you must:

  • Be aged between 16 and 20 years at the time of the National Conference in October 2019.
  • Have composed the submitted work whilst at high school.
  • Submit a composition.  The submission must include:
  • A printed paper copy of the score and all parts (Sibelius software preferred)
  • A recording of the composition (available with the use of Sibelius and if available, a live recording– mp3)
  • A written statement of no more than 500 words reflecting on the intention, process and outcome of the work and a short biography of composer
  • Contact Details of Composer: Name, DOB, Address, Email, Phone contact number, name of Guardian (if under 18)
  • Submissions sent to ASME Chapter of each state where selection of ONE composer will be determined. Each chapter will then forward the selected composer’s submission to ASME (WA) 

Submissions Close: Friday 10 May 2019 (Chapters)

For further information please contact:

Amanda Herriman

[email protected]

The Young Composer Project is a biennial project that is an important aspect of the Australian Society of Music Education’s national conference.

Indigenous Teacher Award


At the XXIst ASME Conference National Executive and Council meeting, a proposal to honour and acknowledge music educators in First Nation and Indigenous Community settings was presented by Immediate Past President Dr Brad Merrick and accepted unanimously. This will be supported financially by ASME National and will be awarded for the first time at the XXII Conference at Perth 2019. This was announced publicly at the awards ceremony to all delegates on the last day of the 2017 conference.


This Award aims to recognise music educators in First Nation and Indigenous Community settings through their exceptional efforts in the provision of quality music education. The award seeks to enable further professional growth through attendance at the ASME National Conference where there will be opportunities to share their experiences and to access current thinking, professional practice and resources.

The purpose of this award would be to support attendance and resources to selected recipients, the first winner/s being acknowledged in person at the XXII Conference. The award in total will amount to a maximum value of $2500.00.

This may include

  • Support for travel, attendance and accommodation at the conference (with possible presentation of a teaching workshop, in combination with acknowledging the award publicly with other chapter- based teaching awards), and if additional monies are still available;
  • Possible support for the purchase of teaching resources/or access to an additional PD opportunity – as part of the $2500 allocation for the total award; and
  • This $2500 amount may be split between two recipients if the National Executive wish to acknowledge more than one teacher (with an allocation of $1250 for two recipients).

Applicants must either complete this form themselves and include comments from other referees. Alternately, this form may be filled in by an external work colleague and submitted. It is important that the designated person is aware that they have been nominated for the award.

Please post to:

ASME Indigenous Award, PO Box 7184, West Lakes SA 5021.

Please email to:

Send nominations by email to: [email protected]


Download the nomination form here

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2-4 October 2019
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