Freedman Music Fellowships

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.


ANNOUNCEMENT: Finalists for the 2017 Freedman Classical Fellowships

The Freedman Fellowships for 2017 will be awarded in October for the Jazz Fellowship and on September 9 for the Classical Fellowship.


James McLean, Freedman Jazz Fellow for 2016, photo by Karen Steains

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.

Stefanie Farrands, Freedman Classical Fellow for 2016, photo by Karen Steains

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.

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 and administration to SIMA (Sydney Improvised Music Association).

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6 thoughts on “Freedman Music Fellowships”

  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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