The Melbourne Composers’ League is a non‐profit organization with charitable status, which works with national and international organisations that are interested in promoting the indigenous and contemporary art music of Australia in an Asian‐Pacific context. It was formed principally to further the interests of composers working within Melbourne and regional Victoria but has expanded to include associate members from interstate. The Melbourne Composers’ League creates idealistic and inspiring projects of the highest artistic calibre and is affiliated with the Asian Composers’ League – the most vibrant and active contemporary music organization in the Asia-Pacific region today.
The MCL aims to:
- produce performances and recordings of high artistic merit
- foster the development of contemporary music composition
- build and deepen cultural ties between Asian, Victorian and national organisations, performers and composers
- network with Victorian and national organisations involved in contemporary music
- foster an audience for contemporary art music with an emphasis on Australian/Asian repertoire
Since its inception in 1997, the Melbourne Composers’ League has presented 608 works in concerts comprising 489 compositions from Australia, 92 from the Asia‐Pacific region, 19 from Europe, 4 from Latin America and 4 from USA. Forty-four concerts have been presented which juxtapose the music of Australia with that of another country, including music from Chile, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA and Vietnam. Many of these concerts have been recorded and broadcast nationally on radio stations ABC Classic FM and 3MBS Fine Music to a wider audience. In addition, the MCL produces café concerts for members, as well as composition workshops and CDs.