Blakeman Student Composition Competition

Who will be the new musical composers, remembered in perpetuity? Will it be one of the students or scholars wandering through the UNSW corridors? Or will it be a member of the wider musical community who creates a concert experience that changes us all forever?

In the spirit of patron Jonathan Blakeman who was known for his ‘passion and logic’, the Student Composition Competition winner will be awarded to the most outstanding composition by a currently enrolled UNSW student.

The Blakeman Student Composition Competition will encourage and reward student music composition of a highest standard, and will be offered every two years. Applicants are to submit a 5-10 minute piece for the mixed instrumentation of the Australia Ensemble using at least four players.

The prize has no age limit and will be open to all currently enrolled UNSW students. The winner will have the privilege of having their work presented in public workshop with the Australia Ensemble in 2018, and be invited to participate in the recording of the work and workshop. The winning work will be considered for future performance opportunities of the Australia Ensemble @UNSW.


The value of the prize offered is $1,000 combined with the opportunity for the winner to have their work presented in an Australia Ensemble public workshop in 2018.

Opening Date

1 March 2017

Closing Date

20 October 2017

Criteria and eligibility

A jury of three will select the winner. The jury will comprise of School of the Arts and Media Head of School (or nominee) as Chair; one member of the School of the Arts & Media academic staff in composition; one member of the Australia Ensemble.

• Only one first prize may be issued and this may not be shared.

• One Highly Commended may be issued however there is no prize money attached

Additional requirements/information and selection process

Refer to the terms and conditions (PDF) [252 Kb]

Application form

Please apply using the application form