Tura acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Australians and Traditional Custodians of the lands where we live, learn and create. We pay our respects to Elders past and present. With solidarity and friendship we say thank you.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the Tura website contains names, images and voices of people who have passed away.
Female and Non-binary Composer National Mentoring Project
The Summers Night Project is a biennial national mentoring project established to support and mentor female and non-binary composers to create a new composition with the aim of growing the gender diversity of composers in music programs Australia-wide.
In 2017, Anne Summers released ‘The Women’s Manifesto’. This was intended as a blueprint to create equality for women in Australia, articulating clear goals for change, one of which was the right to participate fully and equally in all areas of public life.
Taking inspiration from the Manifesto, the Summers Night Project devised by Cat Hope and Gabriella Smart and produced by Tura aims to provide support and mentoring for female and non-binary composers to create new work.
Tura commissioned works from Olivia Davies (WA), Rachel Bruerville (SA) and Carmen Chan Schoenborn (VIC).
Mentees were selected from a national callout. The cohort included Aviva Endean, Hilary Kleinig, Bree van Reyk, Kate Milligan, and Frankie Dyson Reilly.
Mentors of this program have included leading national composers and new music performers. The mix of composers and new music performer mentors aims to facilitate a practical opportunity for mentees to create and render their work a reality.
Previous mentorship teams have included Cat Hope, Gabriella Smart, Erik Griswold, Damien Ricketson, Vanessa Tomlinson, Blair Harris, Olivia Davies, and Aaron Wyatt.
Soundstream, APRA AMCOS, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Monash University, Decibel New Music Ensemble, Clocked Out, Australian Music Centre.
Sydney Community Foundation’s Women Composers Fund and its associated donors
Images by Olivia Davies.