Creative New Zealand/Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music 2010/2011

The appointment is jointly funded by the New Zealand School of Music, and Creative New Zealand (subject to annual confirmation) with additional sponsorship from Dr Jack Richards. It has been created to foster New Zealand musical composition by providing the appointee with the opportunity to write full-time within an academic environment for the period of tenure. Applicants should be composers of proven merit and be New Zealand citizens or hold New Zealand residency. There is no restriction on the occupation of applicants, but they should not be employees of Creative New Zealand or Victoria University or Massey University (Wellington campus), or have been employed by Victoria University or Massey University (Wellington) in the twelve months prior to the closing date. Students working towards the completion of a tertiary qualification (in the year of the residency) are also ineligible. Individuals who have been a composer in residence in a Creative New Zealand financially supported residency within the previous twelve months are not eligible (this does not include recipients of grants). In extenuating circumstances, the panel may waive this restriction.

The Victoria University appointment will be for twelve months from 1 July 2010 to 31 June 2011. The appointee will be resident in Wellington for that time and will be attached to the New Zealand School of Music as a Victoria University employee. While there is no obligation of formal teaching, some contribution is expected to be made to Victoria University and to the New Zealand School of Music’s cultural and academic life, in a manner appropriate to the personal strengths and preferences of the appointee, in agreement with the Head of School. Victoria University will provide access to administrative, library and other facilities.

Salary is expected to be NZ$45,000-$50,000 for the twelve-month period + 8% holiday pay to be paid when the term of appointment ends. Limited assistance may be given towards payment of travel and removal expenses, but neither the University nor Creative New Zealand can provide living accommodation. However, in collaboration with the Lilburn Residence Trust, the former home of Douglas Lilburn at 22 Ascot St. Thorndon, is available for the appointee’s use, at a modest rental, for the term of the residency. This is subject to approval by the trust.

Further enquiries may be made to Michael Norris, New Zealand School of Music, tel 04 463 7456 or email

Closing date for applications is 13 November 2009.

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