Applications are now open for the Heyward Prize, an orchestral composition competition open to Tasmanian composers. The Heyward Prize celebrates the immense contribution TSO Managing Director Nicholas Heyward has made to the furthering of Australian composition during his 17 years at the helm of the TSO. Under Nicholas’s leadership, a commitment to Australian music has become one of the defining features of the TSO. This commitment can be found at the core of TSO strategic planning and in all activities the TSO undertakes.

TSO is internationally recognised for its performances and recordings of Australian music, with music lovers across the globe engaged through more than twenty ABC Classics recordings of Australian music, recordings for the HUSH project and recordings for the Hyperion label.

When Nicholas announced his retirement last year, Dr David Rich, Chair of the TSO Board, made the following comment in Limelight Magazine on the 2 March 2018: “During his tenure as Managing Director, Nicholas has realised a vision for the TSO which has positioned the orchestra as central to the cultural life of Tasmania”.

The TSO is proud to honour Nicholas with the Heyward Prize. It is our hope that the impetus and excitement this opportunity generates may reflect the enthusiasm, optimism and love for all things Tasmanian that Nicholas shares with us all, every day.










The winning work will:

  • Be programmed for a suitable performance by the TSO within three years of the date of the announcement of the Heyward Prize
  • Receive a professional-quality recording by the TSO
  • Be awarded a cash prize of AUD3000

Eligibility and Application requirements available HERE.
Applications are to be submitted online (below) by 5pm, Monday 1 April 2019
The Application process is anonymous and shall remain so until a winner is announced by Maria Grenfell, Head, Conservatorium of Music, School of Creative Arts, in late 2019.

To make sure no applications are lost due to IT mishaps, please email Jenny Compton at to let her know that you have applied. 

  • Please provide name, email and mobile phone number for referee.
  • Suitable for publication.
  • High resolution head-shot suitable for publication.
  • Refer to the eligibility and guidelines above. Submitted score must be anonymous and have all identifying markings removed.
  • A computer generated audio recording of the submitted score is to be provided in MP3 format with all identification of the composer removed from the metadata.