Supported by major patron The Vera Moore Foundation.
Awarded to an outstanding Victorian musician whose work demonstrates exceptional musicianship, skill and creativity.
Photography by Kristina Kingston
Deborah Cheetham AO – Composer, Soprano, Artistic Director
The life that music has afforded Deborah has brought her closer to understanding the world and her place within it. As a singer, composer or member of countless audiences Deborah has found that a truth conveyed by music is the most powerful force for enlightenment. Deborah set out to create opportunities for Indigenous singers and audiences to engage with the world of classical music. Just as important has been the chance to open the hearts and minds of non-Indigenous audiences. Through her works including Pecan Summer, Choral Connection Song Book and Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace, these goals have been achieved many times over.
Supported by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and The University of Melbourne.
The Fellowship provides a commercial engagement with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Photography by Sabrina Maselli
Erkki Veltheim – Composer, Improviser, Performer
Erkki’s practice spans composition, improvisation, audiovisual installation, electroacoustic music, pop and multidisciplinary performance. His work has been commissioned by Adelaide Festival, Vivid, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Musica nova Helsinki. He also composed the orchestral works for Gurrumul’s posthumous album ‘Djarimirri’. Erkki plays in the improvising trio ‘North of North’ with Anthony Pateras and Scott Tinkler, and has also performed with the Australian Art Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Black Arm Band, Elision and Ensemble Modern, and artists such as Chris Abrahams, Mark Atkins, William Barton, Han Bennink, Brett Dean, Robin Fox, Paul Grabowsky, Shane Howard, Stephen Pigram, Jon Rose and Wadada Leo Smith.
Consisting of $10,000 cash supported by Dr. Alastair Jackson AM, a $6,000 rrp. Yamaha Music Australia grant and a $2,500 Qantas airfare voucher.
Awarded to a Victorian musician demonstrating outstanding musical talent and the potential to develop their professional career.
Mojo Juju – Vocalist, Songwriter, Musician
When Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, known professionally as Mojo Juju, dropped her album Native Tongue in 2018, it was an unforgettable statement. Where her previous output had steered away from being overtly intimate and raw, Native Tongue burst out like a diary on record, a deep exploration of Mojo Juju’s Indigenous and Filipino identity and how this has shaped her. Mojo Juju has bagged some of her greatest achievements to date off the back of Native Tongue including collecting over 20 award nominations, including three at the ARIAs.
Supported by The Tallis Foundation in memory of John Tallis (1911 – 1996).
Awarded to a Victorian composer to commission new work and further their career.
Photography by Natasha Blankfield
Andrea Keller – Pianist & Composer
Andrea is an Australian pianist & composer, dedicated to the performance and creation of contemporary jazz and improvised music. She has devised and produced a multitude of projects ranging from solo to large ensembles that fit under a broad jazz umbrella. Andrea has received multiple awards including three ARIA’s, seven Australian Jazz Bell Awards, and two Art Music Awards, as well as an APRA Professional Development Award, the Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Commission, and fellowships from the MCA/Freedman Foundation and the Australia Council.
Melbourne Prize for Music 2016
Singer / Songwriter
Outstanding Musician Award 2016
Beleura Award for Composition 2016
Composer / Arranger / Teacher / Artistic director / Collaborator
Development Award 2016
Performer / Composer / Improviser
Melbourne Prize for Music 2013
Classical Composer / Conductor
Photo courtesy of Robert Piccoli
Outstanding Musician Award 2013
Photo courtesy of the artist
Development Award 2013
Pianist / Vocalist / Saxophonist / Composer
Photo courtesy of Hayley Van Handley
Melbourne Prize for Music 2010
Drummer / Percussionist
Photo courtesy of Mandy Hall Media
Outstanding Musician Award 2010
Photo courtesy of Ross Calia
Development Award 2010
Pianist / Composer
Photo courtesy of Hannah Dingli
Melbourne Prize for Music 2007
Pianist / Composer / Conductor
Outstanding Musician Award 2007
Photo courtesy of Monty Coles
Development Award 2007