Freedman Fellowships in 2015

The Freedman Music Fellowships are among the most prestigious offered to Australian musicians. They are awarded annually to a classical music instrumentalist and a jazz musician.


The 2015 Fellowships are underway, with the Jazz Fellowship awarded in July and the Classical Fellowship to be awarded in September.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Winner of the 2015 Freedman Classical Fellowship

Finalists for the Classical Fellowship 2015

Winner of the 2015 Freedman Jazz Fellowship

Review of Freedman Jazz 2015, by John Clare

Nominees for the Classical Fellowship 2015

Nominees for the Jazz Fellowship 2015



Peter de Jager, Freedman Classical Fellow for 2014

Peter de Jager, Freedman Classical Fellow for 2014

The Freedman Fellowships are not for students or emerging artists. The maximum age of candidates is 35 years for jazz and 30 years for classical and they are for artists who are already very well established and at the top of the profession. The Fellowships are intended to assist them in taking their next important career steps.

Artists cannot self-nominate. Distinguished musicians from each Australian state and territory are invited to nominate candidates and the maximum number of candidates for either Fellowship is 17. To be nominated is already an honour.

Candidates apply with a sound recording and a description of a career-advancing project they would undertake with the award funds. Finalists are chosen, interviewed and auditioned by panels of three judges, again drawn from the upper ranks of the profession. The jazz audition takes the form of a concert, Freedman Jazz, held at the Studio of the Sydney Opera house.

Freedman Awards Tal Cohen photo by Shane Rozario - 530 small

2015 Freedman Jazz Fellow, Tal Cohen

The Fellowships are funded by the Freedman Foundation and were conceived by Laurence Freedman and Richard Letts. The first Fellowships were awarded in 2001 and until 2013 have been managed by the Music Council of Australia. In 2014, management passed to The Music Trust.


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6 thoughts on “Freedman Fellowships in 2015”

  1. Xenia Deviatkina-Loh says:

    Where do I go to apply for the Freedman Classical Fellowship???

    1. Richard Letts says:

      If you read the text above, it describes the process. You cannot self-nominate, sorry.

      1. Xenia Deviatkina-Loh says:

        okay! how many ppl do I need to nominate me to become an applicant?
        thanks to clear that up!!!

        1. Christopher Nicholls says:

          “Distinguished musicians from each Australian state and territory are invited to nominate candidates” – at least one I’d say.

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