Making Waves was started on a voluntary and independent basis by Lisa Cheney and Peggy Polias in January 2015. We set out to offer wider exposure to emerging composers, their music and the performers whom champion their work. We also endeavour to provide a simple platform for listeners to enjoy a curated hour of new music each month.

After an initial outlay of $26 for a domain name, we operated for all of 2015 on zero budget, investing countless hours to listen, share and enjoy the work of Australia’s living composers .

In 2016, with an expanding audience profile, we’re constantly working to grow the project. We’re producing new content thanks to supporters of the crowdfunding campaign for the Making Conversation podcast series, as well as the support of Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH. We encourage you to check it out! Meanwhile, we continue to release a playlist each month, and have started releasing occasional special editions, such as Canadian Waves (June 2016).

If you like what we do, here’s how you can help!

  • You can spread the word about Making Waves and encourage your networks to listen, share and enjoy each month’s playlist.
  • Join us as a volunteer. We have a great intern program and always appreciate an extra pair of hands. Get in touch for more information.
  • Subscribe to our email bulletins for the latest news and playlists.  Follow us via various social networks (FacebookTwitterInstagramWordPressSoundcloudYouTube) to keep up with the current playlist and celebrate each featured composer.
  • We also have line of beautiful new music related tote bags available from our online shop. Perfect for transporting a bundle of A3 scores!
  • Check out of list of Favourite Things for fun composer-y items, with a small percentage of the sale going to MW via affiliate links.
  • Contribute with financial/sponsorship support.

If you believe in what we’re doing as much as we do, and have the means to support the work of Making Waves in helping listeners discover a generation of composers around Australia, you might consider offering a small financial contribution towards the project.

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If you have any ideas about collaborating with Making Waves, we’d love to hear from you! You would be in very good company, whether keen to pool online resources, share repertoire knowledge, curatorial experience, social networks, or live infrastructure.

Any contribution you can make, by whatever means, will help Making Waves to better introduce the next generation of Australian composers.