Albert H Maggs Composition Award


The Albert H Maggs Composition Award is provided as a commission for Australian composers to create a new musical work of a substantial nature.


The value of the award offered will be approximately $7,000 for the commissioned musical work, with approximately $3,000 performance subsidy also provided.

Open and closing dates

Applications have closed for 2018 and will reopen in July 2019.  Applicants can expect to receive an outcome by the end of November.

Criteria and eligibility

This scholarship is open to any Australian composer who has been a continuous resident in Australia for at least two years before the closing date for applications. Previous awardees are eligible to apply.

Further information

The Maggs award is a national award, however the application work, the score and recording, could have been written anywhere in the world.  For the winning entry, the composer is commissioned to write a completely new work, not one that is already underway.  The performance subsidy does not require the new work to be presented in Melbourne.  

The Maggs Award is not limited to ‘classical’ music, which gets harder to exactly define with every passing decade, and it doesn’t preclude jazz or works influenced by jazz.  The panel will primarily consider entries for their compositional merit taken together with the career of the composer.  

'Musical work of a substantial nature' can mean more than one thing, but is probably the opposite of a miniature. It is partly about duration, but also about musical forces involved and what it seeks to address artistically.  Scores with graphic or experimental notation are not precluded; the panel will assess entries for their excellence in music composition.

Selection process

Applications submitted by the closing date will be considered by the Albert H Maggs Composition Award Panel consisting of the Ormond Professor of Music, composition academics from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and a composer not resident in Victoria.

The Dean, on the recommendation of the selection committee, will approve the recipient.

Additional requirements/information

Award monies will be paid in two instalments with the first instalment being paid when the award is granted and the second instalment paid on receipt of the commissioned work, normally due within eighteen month of the award's presentation. The performance subsidy fee is paid once a performance is complete. Receipts for performance costs must be provided.

A list of previous recipients and their commissioned work can be found on the Louise Hanson-Dyer Music Library's Albert H Maggs Compostion Award page.

How to apply

Refer to the Open and Closing Dates section above for the application link. The link will only be visible during the application period.

Applications will be assessed by a selection committee and should include:

  • a list of works. 
  • an overview of commissions, publications and performances. 
  • a score and matching recording of ONE composition written in the last three years.