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 is now being featured from 17 May 2021 in a second competition for aspiring choreographers from within the RAD membership, who are being asked to create an original dance work in response to the music. Entries for Stage 2 will close on 1 March 2022 and 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 May 2022 to April 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
  • Cat Hope – composer and performer and mentor
  • The winning composer Emma Greenhill

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 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…
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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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To Enter

The composer competition opened on Wednesday 24 February. Find out more about the terms and conditions here. Entries closed Wednesday 17 March with Emma Greenhill and her work Regrowth chosen as the winning entry.

Entries for the Choreographic Competition
Entries for the Choreographic Competition open on Monday 17 May 2021 at 9am and close on Tuesday 1 March 2022 at 5pm.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be an active member of the Royal Academy of Dance and resident in Australia. The competition is open to all membership categories.
  • You must be 15 years of age or older at the time of the closing date and of non-professional choreographer status – i.e. are not engaged and paid to choreograph for individuals, dance companies and groups or competitions/eisteddfods (other than for groups/students in your own studio/school). If you are under 18 years of age you will require parent or guardian consent to participate.
  • You do not have to perform the choreography yourself but where a separate performer/s is engaged you must have their consent to film and enter them into this competition. If the performer is under 18 years of age you will require parent or guardian consent for the performer to participate.

Important information for entries
Before completing your entry please download and read the following:

To download the music
To download Regrowth by Emma Greenhill, the official MadeBy winning composition please login to the Members’ Area here and see the RAD Australia Events Resources section at the bottom of the page. Please note this music is only available to MadeBy entrants and should not be used for any other purposes for the duration of the competition (until 1 March 2022). Should you wish to use this music beyond this period please contact OneMusic Australia to discuss your licensing options.

Entries should be made via TryBooking. Please ensure you have prepared a secure video link to your submission and a written summary describing your work and how you developed the work – i.e. response to music, inspiration, theme or story, approach to movement etc.

Accompanying your entry you should complete the Photography and Recording/Filming Permission Form. This form will need to be completed by the Choreographer (or a parent/guardian if the Choreographer is under 18 years of age) and signed by any/all Performers (or the parent/guardian if the Performer is under 18 years of age) in the work.  This form should be emailed to Your completed form must be emailed to on the date of entry. PLEASE NOTE: If your form is not received by the closing date of 5pm on 1 March 2022, your entry will be incomplete and inadmissible.

Enter here

For more information

Contact:Nichola Hall
National Marketing and Communications Manager RAD Australia
T: 0426 973 266


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.