The SOUNZ Community Commission is made available through the generosity of an anonymous donor and is administered by SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music.
The SOUNZ Community Commission aims to bring together New Zealand professional composers and community groups to create and perform a new work. It was established in 1999 and has resulted in works for diverse groups such as recorder choir, experimental sound artists and children’s theatre.
Each year proposals are submitted by community groups and/or composers for musical projects that will see them working in a creative partnership. The successful proposal, which is selected by the donor of the commission, results in a grant (currently $1,800) being given to the composer involved in the project. The project is usually completed by the following May with a performance either having taken place or planned.
A score and/or recording of the work is lodged with SOUNZ and SOUNZ Licence or publishing arranged so that it can be performed by other similar groups.
SOUNZ Community Commission recipients
2018 David Hamilton
2011 Alex Taylor: between
2010 Anthony Young
2010 John Rimmer: Riffs 'n Ructions
2010 Ryan Youens
2009 Rosie Langabeer: Most Famous Orchestra
2008 Sam Hamilton
2007 Claire Cowan
2006 Robin Toan: Manukau Symphony Orchestra
2005 Ross James Carey
2004 Rachel Clement
2003 Jeff Henderson
2002 Stephen Gallagher
2001 Helen Bowater
2000 Leonie Holmes
1999 Jonathan Besser