Commission opportunity for Tasmanian Aboriginal, palawa and pakana artists living in Tasmania (for RAF funding only those artists based in northern Tasmania can be considered).



Floating Scores is an audio platform for smart devices that is building a Tasmanian soundscape. The project is produced by Gap In The Fence in association with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. The platform (app) is being developed by Dr Bill Hart with funding from the Australia Council.


Floating Scores seeks to provide a platform for different voices to be heard, in your own words, and to enable artist-created soundscapes to


Two artist commission fees of $2000 each are available, generously funded by the Yulgilbar Foundation. 


The commissioned works:

-    Can be on any subject matter and in any language

-    Are for general public consumption as we are unable to limit access to the App by age

-    Take the form of textual narrative (eg story, oral history etc), music (song, choral, instrumental etc), sonic (electronic, field recording etc) or a combination of these

-    Can be in a linear format, looped, or multi-layered and determined by, for instance: the season, tide, temperature, time of day etc

-    Can be geo-located (using GPS) to any specific publicly accessible location/s in Tasmania





Artists will be selected from the EOIs to be commissioned in consultation with an Aboriginal Advisory Group, members of which include Tony Brown, Jillian Mundy and Thomas Riley.


The selected Artists will be contracted for a two-stage commission:

1. Development; and

2. Production.

A total fee of $2000 per commission will be paid for both stages. Artists will be responsible for the payment of their income tax, superannuation etc from this fee.


Production of the commissioned content as outlined above, and including other parameters including duration, vocal talent, recording venues etc are subject to a limited production budget that is separate from the commission fees. These components will be finalised in the development stage in collaboration with the Producer, as determined or limited by the budget.


Commissioned Artists will be provided with assistance and mentoring as necessary to produce the work, and this may include recording of musical components with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, professional recording technicians, auditions for vocal parts, and training in making field recordings etc.



Development period:  1 September – 30 October 2021

Production period:      1 November 2021 – 15 January 2022




Complete the EOI form to be found here: <<web link>> describing what you want to do (concept); where you want to locate it (site); and why (rationale).


Email the completed form with your CV/bio to the email or via the website below before 11:59pm, Sunday 15 August 2021



For further enquiries please contact:

            Frances Butler, Gap In The Fence



            0400 725 512