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“Good copy is powerful. Never underestimate its weight. Good copy is as descriptive as it is concise; it tells the story, brands the product, and sets history in stone. Good copy wins hearts” – Lucy Rash


CutCommon is Australia’s largest online publication for the young classical musician. Founded in 2014, CutCommon boasts an editorial team of writers who have years of professional experience across major media and arts organisations. Find out more.

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Lucy-headshotLucy is a musician, writer, and community arts advocate; a lover of all things collaborative, creative, and aesthetically pleasing. Following her formative training in Art History, Sociology and Musicology, Lucy worked at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music managing community partnerships between the University of Melbourne, the Smith Family, and regional Victorian schools before joining the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s administration team in 2012. Lucy is currently employed as Education Manager at the MSO where she is responsible for the programming, development, and management of the orchestra’s work with schools, families, and life-long learners. An experienced multi-instrumentalist, Lucy maintains an active role in the Australian music scene. She is a classically trained violinist, a session player for many of Melbourne’s top bands, a member of indie three-piece, Forest Falls, and her written work has bolstered many a band’s press kit. Lucy regularly presents pre- and post-concert talks for the MSO and, most recently, for the Australian Chamber Orchestra. When she’s not doing any of the above, Lucy is likely hanging out with her “perfect, silky soft” three-year-old whippet, Turbo.




stephanie-eslake-warp-photo-credit-siobhan-caridwenStephanie Eslake won the City of Hobart Australia Day 2017 Young Citizen of the Year Award for her “community contribution by creating an online promotional and educational network for young Australian classical musicians”. She is also the inaugural 2017 Kill Your Darlings New Critic Award winner. She founded CutCommon in 2014, after attending the Australian Youth Orchestra Words About Music program. She has degrees in both media and music and has been published in The Mercury, TasWeekend, Limelight Magazine, Aphra Magazine, The Courier Mail, The Daily Telegraph and RendezView, Adelaide Now, Young Opportunities Australia, Perth Now, The Herald Sun, and Warp Magazine – the latter of which she also works as subeditor. The award-winning writer co-founded and ran Upbeat Monthly News for the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music, has written program notes for the Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, hosted features on Edge Radio 99.3 and ABC Classic FM, and worked in live broadcast production. In 2015 she worked for a few weeks as acting editor and lead writer for The Mercury‘s weekly music publication Pulse. In 2016 she was named a semi-finalist in the Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year Awards. The classical saxophonist tutors woodwind, workshops feature writing with youth writers through the Hobart City Council’s Platform youth arts and culture magazine, and also loves working as Marketing and Communications Manager at the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre. This year she is part of the Making Waves’ Making Conversation interview team. She has also interviewed some of the biggest names in the contemporary music industry from Claire Bowditch to The Cat Empire and The Potbelleez. Check out her other features at


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