The Pythia Prize is an annual commission project that will see an Australian female composer collaborate with Rubiks to create a new work. Initiated in 2017, Rubiks launched The Pythia Prize in recognition of the need to address gender representation in contemporary music and to create further opportunities for Australian female and non-binary identifying composers.
The 2017 Pythia Prize winner was Samantha Wolf, and her piece ‘Want Not’ received performances in Melbourne, Sydney, Darmstadt, Berlin, Manchester and Amsterdam as part of Rubiks’ first international tour. ‘Want Not’ was also recorded by ABC Classic FM for release on their ‘New Waves’ podcast series.
Donations raised through the Australian Cultural Fund will cover the commission fee for the winner of the 2018 Pythia Prize. The 2018 winner will work with Rubiks over a period of 12 months to create and develop a new work. The premiere of the new work will take place in ‘Sculptress’ at the Melbourne Recital Centre on December 5th, 2019. The winner will also receive a recording of the new work, performed by Rubiks.
Applications are about to open for the 2018 Pythia Prize, but we need your help to continue making this prize possible. All funds raised will directly support the development and creation of new work and the celebration of diversity and innovation in Australian contemporary music.
Every donation over $2 is tax deductible, so become part of the future of Australian music by helping us by celebrate and support the unique artistic voices of our vibrant arts scene!