The Pythia Prize is an annual commission project, launched by Rubiks Collective in 2017. Now in its third year, the Prize recognises the need to address gender representation and equality in contemporary music, and celebrates the incredible work of Australia’s female and gender nonconforming (gnc) composers.
The Pythia Prize is open to all Australian female and gnc composers. There is no age limit on the prize, and no requirement to be currently living in Australia. The recipient of the prize works closely with Rubiks to develop a new work over the course of a year. The Pythia process centres around collaboration, the exchange of ideas and regular workshop sessions – ensuring Rubiks nurture our winner’s creative vision to create something truly special.
The Pythia Prize is one of Rubiks’ greatest achievements. We’re incredibly proud of the work of our first two winners, Samantha Wolf (2017) and Christine McCombe (2018).
Samantha’s work ‘Want Not’ has been performed by Rubiks in four different countries, was recorded by ABC Classic FM for their ‘New Waves’ podcast, and received the prestigious 2019 Sue W Chamber Composition Prize from the Sydney Conservatorium. Christine’s new work is exploring exciting new territory for the ensemble, drawing philosophy, psychology and poetry together into an electroacoustic soundscape that will premiere on December 5 at the Melbourne Recital Centre.
These new works have allowed all of us to explore rich creative ground, to push our artistic practices, and to highlight the work of women and gnc composers in the Australian musical community.
Our ACF campaign will support the 2019 edition of the Pythia Prize, with all funds supporting the commission and promotion of the 2019 winner’s work. The winner will receive a $4000 honorarium, and will work with Rubiks to create their new work ahead of a premiere at the Melbourne Recital Centre in September 2020. The winner will also receive a professional recording of Rubiks performing their work.
Additional funds raised will be used for the promotion and administration of the Prize, and for the first time we’ve added stretch goals into our target. If we’re successful in reaching our initial target early, we’ll be aiming even bigger! Additional donations will support the documentation of our 2019 winner’s work, and our Pythia launch party – an event where we premiere our latest Pythia music video, host a q&a session with the winner, and celebrate with all the supporters who help to make Pythia possible.
All donations over $2 are tax deductible, and we hope you’ll come on the Pythia journey with us!
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