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

Launching on 23 February 2021, MadeBy will first take the form of staggered competitions. Initially, through their membership with OneMusic (APRA AMCOS), Australian composers are being offered the opportunity to submit an original composition into a competition that will be judged by a panel of leading industry peers.  The winning piece will then be featured from 17 May 2021 in a second competition for aspiring choreographers from within the RAD membership, who will be asked to create an original dance work in response to the music. Again these entries will be judged by an expert panel of judges.

The Collaboration

Along with cash prizes, each winner will then be 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 August 2021 until August 2022 to work together on a brand new music and dance work that will premiere late in 2022.

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 AM – RAD Vice President and former Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet
  • Alice Topp – choreographer and dancer
  • Gerard Charles – RAD Artistic Director
  • Cat Hope – composer and performer and mentor
  • The winning composer

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 – Cat Hope

Cat Hope is a composer and performer who creates music that is conceptually driven, in animated graphic scores formats for acoustic/electronic combinations and improvisations. Her music is characterised by aleatoric elements, drone, noise, and glissandi as well as an ongoing fascination with low-frequency sound that threads through all her creative work. Her works have been performed at festivals internationally, broadcast on Australian, German, Italian, French, and Austrian radio, and recordings of her works are published internationally. She maintains a collaborative practice that sees her work with dance, theatre, film, and installation. Cat is a represented composer with the Australian Music Centre, and her music is published by Material Press. Her first opera, Speechless, won the Best New Dramatic work in the 2020 Art Music Awards.

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 joined The Australian Ballet in 2007.

Her passion for choreography began when she created her first work, Trace, for the 2010 season of Bodytorque, the company’s choreographic showcase. From 2011 to 2014, she made three further works for the Bodytorque seasons; in 2016 she choreographed Little Atlas, which
appeared in the company’s mainstage program Symphony in C in both 2016 and 2017. In 2018 her work Aurum, which was created with the support of a Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance, had its world premiere as part of The Australian Ballet’s Verve program. It was her first main stage one-act work and had its international debut the following year at New York’s leading contemporary dance venue, The Joyce Theater.

In 2019, Alice and the creative team won a Helpmann Award for Best Ballet for Aurum and Alice was also nominated for an Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for the same work. She has been nominated for a Green Room Award (Little Atlas, 2017) and for three Australian Dance Awards (Aurum, 2018, Same Vein, 2014, Trace, 2010). She has choreographed music videos for artists including Megan Washington, LANKS and Ben Folds, and has been invited to create works for Houston Ballet II and Queensland Ballet. In 2018, Alice was appointed one of The Australian Ballet’s Resident Choreographers. She was invited to spend a month with Studio Wayne McGregor in the UK in 2019, creating a piece for The Grange Festival. The duet she created on the company, Clay, went on to form a larger work, Logos, for the Australian Ballet’s Volt season alongside two McGregor works, premiering in March 2020. The year also saw the Royal New Zealand Ballet restage her work Aurum.

To Enter

To enter the composer competition opening Wednesday 24 February and find out more about the terms and conditions here. Entries close Wednesday 17 March.

Entries for the choreographic competition for RAD Members, teachers and students aged 15 yrs and over will open on 17 May. More details will be made available closer to the time. Entries close on 20 July 2021.

For more information

Nichola Hall National Marketing and Communications Manager RAD 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 licence 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.