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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 14,000 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 was shortlisted for the Classical:NEXT 2017 Innovation Award, selected as one of 10 groundbreaking projects in classical music across the globe
  • In 2017, CutCommon became a member of the Arts Wellbeing Collective
  • CutCommon series coordinator and in-house producer Christopher Leon selected semi-finalists and founding editor Stephanie Eslake selected finalist in the Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year Awards 2017 for their music contributions
  • CutCommon listed in the Top 50 Classical Music Blogs in the world by viral website Feedspot in 2017
  • 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”


Social responsibility:


In 2017, CutCommon joined leading Australian cultural institutions to become a member of the Arts Wellbeing Collective. Our publication supports mental health and wellbeing for workers in our nation’s arts industry by generating positive discussion, and sharing insights from professionals and individuals.

You can find out more about the mission of the Arts Wellbeing Collective right here.

 Leaders in the Australian music community have their say:

It is wonderful that we have such a magazine, which promotes classical music and gives an essential reading for people inside and outside of the arts industry.

Rada Tochalna, soprano and Opera Studio Melbourne 2014 Henkell Family Young Artist Fellowship recipient

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

As 2016 CutCommon Young Writer of the Year, I knew I had been offered a rare opportunity to see my writing published and read by people across the Australian arts scene. What I didn’t realise was how much I would learn from and be inspired by the incredible performers, composers, and curators who I’ve had the pleasure of sharing ideas with. Over that past year, the invaluable mentorship of founder and editor Stephanie Eslake and deputy editor Lucy Rash has helped me to develop a personal shape and style to my writing that has extended my skills and voice as an arts journalist. In the challenge of writing blogs, interviews, feature articles, live concert reviews, and CD reviews, I have accumulated a portfolio of work I can be proud of, and a platform to go forward as an emerging writer.

Myles Oakey, 2016 CutCommon Young Writer of the Year

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

Thank you for initiating all these conversations with young Australian classical musicians! It can be a tough gig at times for everyone, and I think it’s really valuable having a forum where we can share our thoughts and perspectives and learn from one another. There’s nothing better for your peace of mind than hearing that a performer you admire suffers from the same problems that you do. We’re all in this together, let’s look after one another and have some fun!

– classical guitarist Andrew Blanch


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