A program for emerging composers worldwide, to be held in Melbourne on 5th to 11th of November 2017.

Keep Composer's Weird provides an opportunity for selected composers from around the world, ages 21+, to submit a newly composed work that is to be rehearsed, recorded and performed at a concert in Melbourne. Each composer will work with a Melbourne ensemble to workshop their composition and the performance will take place on Saturday 11th of November.  

The performance will be promoted to showcase each composer and each composer will participate in lectures, networking events and establish professional relationships in the Australian music and arts industry. Participants will be provided with housing (house includes full kitchen, living room, Wi-fi, TV, A/C etc), catered breakfasts, lunches. 

The residency is held in between Melbourne Festival and Melbourne Music Week, a great time to discover the live music capital of Australia.

Participants (tuition + housing + two meals per day):  $1,800 AUD
Application should be sent by email to
Please send the following information:
a.  Name
b.  Birth date
c.  Nationality
d.  CV/biography
e.  Short paragraph talking about yourself (i.e – interests, goals, etc)
f. website or other online material (soundcloud/youtube/blog)

2) PDF files of two of your works with recordings or midi (if available)

3) $20 (AUD) application fee payable by paypal to



10th of August 2017 - Selected participants will receive instrumentation for their works
5th of October 2017 - Deadline for sending finished composition
1st of November 2017 - Program schedule finalised
5th of November 2017 - Arrival and accommodation in Melbourne
11th of November 2017 - Performance
12th of November 2017 - End of residency and check out of accommodation in Melbourne



The first Keep Composer's Weird was hosted by U.S composer Nathan Felix in Austin, Texas and was a huge success - below is a recap of the residency.

2016 Recap of Keep Composers Weird

The first official Keep Composers Weird in 2016 was a huge success.   KCW was officially sponsored by the Texas Music Office, Backspace Pizza, Heineken, Chameleon Cold Brew, Visit Austin & The Austin Music Video Festival. The official composers were Kitty Xiao (AU), Gabriel Bolanos (NI), and Scott Shell (US).  Their recorded works will be posted when the final mix and masters are completed.  Here are some photos that include the live performance, recording at Cacophony, interview at KOOP radio, meet and greet with Graham Reynolds and a lunch at Backspace Pizza.  Stay tuned for information on how to apply for Keep Composers Weird 2017.