MadeBy is a world-first initiative developed by RAD Australia with music licensing body OneMusic Australia

At a time when the arts are under unprecedented pressure to survive and flourish, MadeBy celebrates the innovation of original works and highlights the business of music and dance, their artistic currency, and their interconnectivity.

The Competitions

Launched on 23 February 2021, MadeBy takes the form of staggered competitions. In Stage 1, through their membership with OneMusic (APRA AMCOS), Australian composers were offered the opportunity to submit an original composition into a competition that was judged by a panel of leading industry peers.  The winning piece Regrowth by NSW Blue Mountains composer Emma Greenhill was featured in a second competition for aspiring choreographers from within the RAD membership, who were asked to create an original dance work in response to the music. The winning choreographer is Monique Mangano from Brisbane whose work AURA was performed by 18-year-old dancer Emilia Bignami.

The Collaboration

Along with cash prizes, the winners are now being given support to collaborate on a new work together. In a bid to nurture the careers of emerging artists and educate musicians and dancers on the creative process, OneMusic and the RAD have engaged professional artists in both fields who will mentor the winning artists throughout their collaboration. The winning composer and winning choreographer will have 12 months from 1 June 2022 to 31 May 2023 to work together on a brand new music and dance work that will premiere late in 2023.

The Judges

Judging the music competition are:

Chair: Cameron Lam, APRA AMCOS

  • Cat Hope – composer and Professor of Composition at Monash University, Melbourne
  • James Ledger – composer and Chair of Composition at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Western Australia
  • Alice Topp – choreographer and dancer
  • Gerard Charles – RAD Artistic Director
  • Grant Kennedy – RAD Australia Musical Accompanist

Judging the choreographic competition are:

Chair: Nichola Hall, RAD Australia

  • David McAllister AC – RAD Vice President and former Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet
  • Alice Topp – choreographer and dancer
  • Gerard Charles – RAD Artistic Director
  • The winning composer Emma Greenhill

Meet the winning Composer

The shortlisted composers

In recognition of the high calibre of work submitted by composers, a shortlist of 15 recommended musical works from entrants will be provided to RAD teachers shortly for inclusion in their teaching.

“The overwhelming response to this initiative is not only proof of a vibrant and diverse composing community eager to collaborate with the dance sector, but also shows how vital these opportunities are for music creators in the current climate,” said Cameron Lam, APRA AMCOS Art Music Specialist.

Meet the winning Choreographer

Describing her work AURA Monique said:

“After listening and reading the story behind the creation of Emma Greenhill’s piece Regrowth, I was inspired to choreograph a piece that embodies the growth and eventual breakdown of a tree. I also wanted to explore the idea of a potential aura and spirit that flourished in the forest while nature rebuilt itself. This piece of music continuously changes with interesting and new sounds, this allowed me to show the contrast between organic pure movement and rigid sharp movement. Through these dynamic changes I wanted to reflect the continuous growth and strength of a tree as well as the subtle breakdown. My intention was to have an energy pull towards the corner that continuously draws you back in, I was able to signify this through the use of stillness and the constant push and pull of movement.”

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The Mentors

To inspire, guide and nurture MadeBy’s winning composer and choreographer throughout their collaboration together RAD Australia and One Music have engaged two wonderful professionals to act as mentors.

Composer Mentor Rachael Dease

Dease's artistic practice encompasses art music, film and theatre scoring, installation and songwriting. Graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, she won the…
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Choreographic Mentor Alice Topp

Alice Topp was born and raised in Bendigo and started dancing at the age of four. After two years with Royal New Zealand Ballet, she…
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For more information

Contact Shelley Yacopetti
Head of Department- Faculty of Education Australia


Read more on the One Music website here

Who are OneMusic?

In the eyes of the law, music played at home is different to music played in a business.

If you use music protected by copyright in any way at your dance school you’ll typically need permission from the copyright owners or someone they have authorised to represent them.

In our country, OneMusic Australia owns (or represents the rights to use) virtually any commercially-released music from anywhere around the world. OneMusic issues licences so you can go ahead and use their music. That’s millions of the world’s most popular songs.

The money goes back to the music creators.

OneMusic does not license songs set to video/videos with a song. This is called a syncronisation (sync). The permission for syncs is granted only by the record label and the publishers.

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MadeBy is sponsored by Capezio Australia

Capezio very kindly sent special gifts to our winning composer Monique Mangano and her dancer Emilia Bignami to congratulate them on their winning piece.