The 2024 2MBS Fine Music Sydney Artist in Residence are Outback Brass.

Applications for 2024 Artists in Residence are now closed!

About the Artists in Residence Program

The Artists in Residence Program is a unique 12-month residency that helps sydney-based ensembles build a greater professional profile and audience. The residency is offered annually to one classical music ensemble and one Jazz ensemble.

Established in 2014, past Artists in Residence include the Omega Ensemble, Acacia Quartet, The Streeton Trio, The Marais Project, Elysian Fields, The Michael Griffin Sextet, States of Chaos, the Sydney Cello Quartet and Anoesis.


Valued at $10,000 (with no cash component), the 2024 Artists in Residence will receive:

  • Broadcast opportunities, including interviews and CD of the Week opportunities
  • Access to the Fine Music Founders’ Studio for rehearsals
  • Promotional support on 2MBS Fine Music Sydney (valued at $10,000)


Volunteers and Staff of 2MBS Fine Music Sydney are not eligible to apply for the residency.

Applicants must:

  • Be based in Sydney
  • Be in a classical music or jazz ensemble with two or more members

Selection Criteria

The Artists in Residence Program is not a performance competition and will be awarded to the applicant who best meets the following criteria:

  1. The applicant has actively demonstrated an interest, commitment and the potential for a viable career in the performance or composition of classical or jazz music.
  2. The applicant has identified a detailed project or activity with the potential to significantly enhance the ensemble’s career.
  3. The applicant has effectively demonstrated how the ensemble will utilise the sponsorship and broadcasting opportunities component of the Artists in Residence Program.
  4. The applicant has effectively demonstrated how the ensemble will utilise access to the Fine Music Founders’ Studio as a rehearsal or recording (at their own expense) space.

Application Guidelines

Applications closed on 30 November 2023. Applicants must complete and submit all materials using the online entry form. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Provide details about the Ensemble and any project or activity with the potential to significantly enhance the ensemble’s career.
  • Provide material (documentation, recordings, reviews, references etc.) to support application
  • If selected as a finalist, the Ensemble may be invited to a follow-up interview or audition.
  • The applicant must sign an agreement with 2MBS Fine Music Sydney acknowledging and accepting the Terms and Conditions governing the Artists in Residence Program.

Meet the 2024 Artist in Residence – Outback Brass

Outback Brass

Outback Brass is a quintet that was formed in 2018 by Phill O’Neill, who, after having spent years living in regional Australia where he felt top-level musical performances were less common there than in coastal centres and major cities, had the desire to develop an ensemble with a primary focus on sharing and performing top level Australian music far and wide, including remote areas of Australia.

Over the past couple of years Outback Brass has collaborated with several Australian composers and members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra to bring these new compositions to life.

Outback Brass were early-adopters of the digital concert space, using online video and social media to broaden the audience base for its concerts. The Quintet can also be found performing regularly in churches, stages and outdoor spaces around Sydney.

As part of the 2024 2MBS residency, the ensemble plans to record an album comprised entirely of original Australian chamber brass music featuring works by Adrian Hallam, Gareth Lewis, John Foster, Christopher Healey, Richard Percival, Richard Linton and Greg van der Struik. In addition to engaging with 2MBS listeners through live performances, the group is also planning a concert series touring New South Wales. 

Upon Outback Brass being announced as 2024 2MBS Classical Artist in Residence, Phill  commented that “we look forward to working with 2MBS to promote Australian music, composers and performers, to build a strong love of classical chamber music in all areas of Australia. On behalf of the team Raph Harvey (trumpet), Adrian Hallam (horn), Gareth Lewis (trombone) and Scott Frankcombe (tuba) we look forward to an exciting year.”