Jack Body Memorial Fund Concert

Jack Body Memorial Fund Concert

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Event type: Music Events

17 October 2019 from 7.00 pm 17 Oct 2019 7:00 pm

Hunter Council Chamber

Headshot of Jack Body
Associate Professor Jack Body
This concert will celebrate the life and work of Associate Professor Jack Body, who passed away in May 2015, and will launch the Jack Body Memorial Fund, a new philanthropic arts fund under his name to help secure the future of the NZSM Composer-in-Residence scheme.

The Jack Body Memorial Fund concert will provide audiences with a chance to hear some of Jack’s music, learn more about his life and the residency, and will provide more information on the ways in which people can help contribute to the project. It will also celebrate the success of the residency by featuring top Wellington performers playing works not only by Jack, but also by the previous and current holders of the NZSM Composer-in-Residence position, Antonia Barnett-McIntosh and Salina Fisher, who will also talk about the importance of the residency on their careers.

The concert will be followed by a reception.


In 2004, Jack established a Composer-in-Residence scheme at the New Zealand School of Music—Te Kōkī, one of only two annual composer residencies in New Zealand. To date, fifteen composers have been appointed, six of whom returned to New Zealand after living abroad specifically to take up the residency. Thanks to the Lilburn Residence Trust, which Jack also established, many of the composers have also been able to live at the former home of Douglas Lilburn in Thorndon while in Wellington. Since 2004, the residency has relied on funding by philanthropist Dr. Jack C. Richards and Creative New Zealand, and in the last couple of years, Jack Richards’ funding has been replaced by one-off grants from the Stout Trust and the Lilburn Trust. These trusts, while supportive, have indicated that the residency does not align with their principle funding objectives, and hence will cease funding the residency after July 2020. While Creative New Zealand continues to be a strong partner, and will provide matched funding from other sources, as of July 2020 the residency will no longer be able to continue without a major replacement of funding.

The Jack Body Memorial Fund, then, seeks to address this by raising enough capital over the next 2–3 years to be able to fund 50% of the yearly salary of the composer from the interest earned from the investment. This will help to secure the long-term future of the residency, and ensure it is no longer reliant on annual funding applications from charitable funding bodies or philanthropy.