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Founded in 2014, CutCommon is an independently run classical and new music magazine with a passion for exposing talent. We aim to rebrand classical music in Australia.

CutCommon addresses a crisis in music coverage and criticism with a smart, flexible solution committed to diversity of voices, new talent and innovation and, above all, wider access to classical music. It has the potential to greatly enhance Australia’s eco-system of artists, media and audiences.

– Classical:NEXT 2017 Innovation Award (shortlisted).

With our stories read more than 10,000 times each month, our street press publication is the number one source of information for young makers and lovers of classical music across the nation. The vision? To provide a common ground for those who dare to cut away from the mainstream.

If you’re crazy about music, you’re in the right place. CutCommon’s national team of youth writers have backgrounds rich in music and journalism, and combine their passions to present the latest in industry news, events, reviews, profiles, and topical blogs.

Together, we can change the way we think about, discuss, and consume classical music in Australia.

You can also get out there and explore the stories for yourself through our new Subscriber service. Join us to receive benefits and discounts to some of the most exciting events across the Australian arts scene.

We’re also proud to showcase talent in our Digital Music Store, exclusively featuring new scores and recordings by emerging composers in Australia.

You can see our own range of manuscript booklets made with eco-friendly paper and ink here.

If you’d like the opportunity to gain exposure for your group or event through our national audience, get in touch with us at editor@cutcommon.com.


Some of our recent achievements:
  • CutCommon is shortlisted for the Classical:NEXT 2017 Innovation Award, selected as one of 10 groundbreaking projects in classical music across the globe
  • CutCommon series coordinator and in-house producer Christopher Leon, and founding editor Stephanie Eslake, are both selected as semi-finalists in the Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year Awards 2017 for their music contributions
  • In 2016, CutCommon was selected for preservation by the National Library of Australia and is archived by Pandora
  • We also became a Friend of the Overland Literary Journal to team up with the publication for its 2016 Subscriberthon
  • CutCommon was Classical Music Site of the Month for November 2015 in Limelight Magazine. CutCommon has also been featured in Warp Magazine, Notable Values, and Newsbeat (Australian Youth Orchestra’s print publication). See our page In the Media for more
  • CutCommon’s founding editor Stephanie Eslake was named City of Hobart Australia Day 2017 Young Citizen of the Year for her “community contribution by creating an online promotional and educational network for young Australian classical musicians”

 Members of the Australian music community have their say:


As an independent musician creating new Australian music the support of CutCommon has been indispensable. It can be hard, almost impossible, to get mainstream media coverage for new Australian independent classical music. By providing high quality reviews, articles and interviews on Australian music, CutCommon has become a unique and accessible voice for the Australian classical musician and a vital source of quality publicity for the independent artist.

– saxophonist Nicholas Russoniello, 2011 ABC Young Performer of the Year

CutCommon plays an active role in supporting performances by reviewing and promoting the work of many Australian artists and arts organisations.

– David Rowden, Omega Ensemble Artistic Director

I believe that CutCommon has a unique and important voice in the Australian media landscape. Music and the arts are not covered adequately by mainstream media, so CutCommon provides a valuable source of news, reports, and reviews. These are delivered by credible and authoritative members of the industry. CutCommon is also increasing the accessibility of music and the arts among a younger audience. It is Australia’s only source of information by young people, for young people.

– Ben Nielsen, ABC Classic FM


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