Pathfinders - Music Leadership Program

Pathfinders – Music Leadership Program

With an emphasis on improvisation, the Australian Art Orchestra explores the meeting points between disciplines and cultures, and imagines new musical forms to reflect the energy and diversity of 21st century Australia.

As the leading and longest standing improvising music ensemble in Australia, the Australian Art Orchestra and its Artistic Director Peter Knight are strongly committed to nurturing and developing leaders of the future.

With the generous support of the Ian Potter Foundation, the Australian Art Orchestra announces the Pathfinders – Music Leadership Program.

The Pathfinders – Music Leadership Program offers a one-year, part-time Associate Artist role (0.6 fte, $50.000 pro rata) for an exceptionally talented emerging musician and future music leader with a practice in contemporary art music and improvisation. The Pathfinders – Music Leadership Program is designed to provide an opportunity to gain an insight into what is required to run a successful music ensemble, and to gain experience and skills to prepare the Associate Artist for future artistic leadership roles. The Associate Artist will be able develop their artistic skills as a performer, ensemble director, composer and curator, whilst at the same time gaining experience as a producer and arts administrator.

The current appointment will run from August 2018 to July 2019. Candidates are expected to be available throughout this period, but provisions will be made for prior obligations or stacked working periods.

Expressions of Interest for the 2018 / 2019 Program are now open

What to include in your Expression of Interest:
1.  A current CV
2. Links to recordings (audio or video) of you as a composer and/or performer
3. Motivation statement (no more than two pages) where you:
- Describe why you want this opportunity and how it will benefit your career trajectory;
- Refer to relevant experience and interests that make you suitable for the role and how they will
  support your ability to make the most of this opportunity;
- Outline your availability for August 2018 - July 2019;
- Include names and contact details of two referees.

The Australian Art Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and embraces diversity amongst its staff. We strongly encourage suitably experienced people from all cultural backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. All applicants are required to be Australian residents; interstate artists are invited to apply; however, we cannot cover interstate expenses i.e. travel, accommodation or per diems. The Australian Art Orchestra is based at The Substation in Newport, Melbourne.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday 15 July, 2018

Please send your EOI and any questions to

Hardcopy EOIs should be sent / delivered to:
Australian Art Orchestra
1 Market Street
Newport VIC 3015