The Cybec Foundation supports the MSO to organise and run the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers’ Program each year.
The program selects four participants to be mentored by leading Australian composers and compose a 10-minute piece. The four pieces are performed by the MSO in a showcase, following which, one of the four participants is chosen as the MSO’s Young Composer in Residence and commissioned to write further pieces.
Since 2003 when the program was introduced, 60 composers from across Australia have had works commissioned and performed by the MSO. All have continued onto widely diverse creative practices and the MSO has offered several subsequent commissions to graduates of the program.