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Imagine hearing your music played by the Australian Youth Orchestra and broadcast at partner venues around Australia! If you are a budding composer or musician then the Fanfare Competition is an exciting opportunity for you.


The competition is open to young people aged 12-21 years. To compose a 30 second composition and submit a score and recording online. Eight selected participants will work with mentor composers Nicholas Vines and Lyle Chan to develop their ideas and then attend a live recording session with the Australian Youth Orchestra at Trackdown Studios.

The competition is looking for works that have ‘something to say’ and that draw attention. You don’t need to have a strong musical background – your work just needs to draw attention for the intended use of cueing audiences to take their seats at performance venues. Entries for the 2020 Fanfare Competition will open in February 2020 with a deadline of 5pm, Monday 1 June 2020. Join the mailing list to keep informed on the deadlines.

Open Fanfare 2020 is new for 2020, seeing Artology partner with the Queensland Youth Orchestras (QYO) and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) to extend the opportunities for Fanfare entrants. In short, anyone entering Fanfare in 2020 will have the opportunity to be selected to have their composition performed at a special concert event at QPAC in September 2020 by the QYO. You will attend two intensive workshop sessions in Brisbane with mentor composers prior to the concert. For more details, keep an eye on the Artology Fanfare page.