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Expression of Interest: Due date Sunday 1st March, 2020

Monash University is calling for expressions of interest from composers and sound designers to create an improvised and experimental musical work using the Meyer Sound Constellation Acoustic System in the David Li Sound Gallery, The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts.

Created for the University’s MLIVE performing arts program, the new work will be presented as part of MLIVE’s inaugural jazz and improvised music festival in September 2020. Taking place at The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts, this 10-day festival celebrates improvisation, innovation and experimentation in jazz and related music genres.

About the Meyer Constellation Acoustic System

Developed by Meyer Sound, the Meyer Constellation Acoustic System is an active acoustic system designed to optimise the acoustics of a space for a range of performances. The system is fitted with microphones, loudspeakers, processing technology and calibration and tuning services, which enables artists to not only change the reverberation time of the space but the distribution and density of early decay and early reflections in the venue. The system is also capable of 3D spatial mapping of recorded sound. More information here.

Monash University will provide

  • production support, including technical and lighting staff
  • cover venue costs
  • marketing and publicity support
  • Meyer Sound Constellation Acoustic System consultation and support 
  • venue access to set up and rehearse the work (times to be negotiated)
  • event delivery, front of house and event staff
  • box office services
  • $15,000 commission fee to develop and present the work


Who can apply

We are accepting applications from individuals and artist collectives.

Assessment criteria

Applications are assessed on the following criteria:

  • artistic and cultural merit
  • use of the Meyer Sound Constellation Acoustic System
  • skills and strengths of artists involved
  • presentation or performance complements the festival’s focus on improvisation and experimentation in jazz and related music genres

Application process

Applications must be received by 11.55pm, Sunday 1 March 2020.

Submissions will be assessed by a panel of academic and professional staff at the Monash Academy of Performing Arts. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by Friday 13 March 2020.

Support material required

The following support material is needed as part of the application:

  • a 300-word summary of the presentation or performance concept and production requirements
  • statement of how the work will use the Meyer Sound Constellation Acoustic System
  • budget breakdown of how the supplied funds will be used
  • technical specifications, artist availability and rehearsal requirements
  • example material of the work, e.g. music score draft, audio samples, production illustrations
  • artist portfolio with biography, images and any media reviews

Terms and conditions

  • work must be original
  • work must premiere at the MLIVE inaugural jazz, and improvised music festival and no further presentations of the work can be announced until after the MLIVE performance
  • artist(s) must be available for performances between Saturday 5 September 2020 and Saturday 12 September 2020 and must be reasonably available to develop the work in the venue in 2020. 


To apply or for more information, please contact Tom Gutteridge, Head of Programming, Monash Academy of Performing Arts, Monash University.