jazz and improvised music

Freedman music fellowships

Congratulations Emma Stephenson
2017 Freedman Jazz Fellow

Congratulations to matthew kneale
2017 Freedman classical Fellow

The Freedman Jazz Fellowship and Freedman Classical Fellowship are two prestigious annual fellowships for a classical instrumentalist and a jazz musician, intended to assist them in career building. The awards are in cash and promotion.

The 2017 Freedman Jazz Fellow was decided at the 2017 Freedman Jazz concert at The Studio of Sydney Opera House on 30 October. The three finalists were Nick Garbett, trumpet, Ellen Kirkwood, trumpet and Emma Stephenson, Piano. The concert featured a special guest performance by 2010 Fellow Ben Hauptmann. ABC Jazz collaborates generously by recording, videoing, broadcasting and uploading the performances. It also offers a studio recording as part of the prize. 

The Classical Fellow was decided at a concert hosted by Classic FM at the ABC's Eugene Goossens Hall at ABC HQ in Sydney on September 9 and broadcast nationally.

Who can apply?

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.

About the freedman music fellowships

The Fellowships for Classical Music and Jazz are funded by the Freedman Foundation and were conceived by Laurence Freedman and Dr Richard Letts AM, director of The Music Trust. The first Fellowships were awarded in 2001. They are managed by The Music Trust and administered by Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA).

The Freedman Foundation is a philanthropic foundation chaired by Laurence Freedman, which assists talented young Australians in the arts and supports important medical and scientific research.  In 2001, Laurence Freedman was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community, to medical research, the arts, and to business and investment in Australia.

Past winners of the Freedman Jazz Fellowships are a Who’s Who of Australian jazz. They include guitarists Ben Hauptmann and James Muller, saxophonists Julien Wilson, Andrew Robson and Matt Keegan, pianists Andrea Keller, Matt McMahon, Marc Hannaford and Aaron Choulai, trumpeter Phil Slater, bassist Christopher Hale and vocalist Kristin Berardi.

FIND MORE INFORMATION on The Music Trust website