Wirripang Pty Ltd (formerly Publications by Wirripang) was established in 1987 as a publisher of books. In 1990 it commenced publishing the music of the composer, Horace Keats (1895-1945). The success of this venture and the acclamation it has brought from a wide variety of musicians and audiences encouraged Wirripang to extend its efforts by embracing contemporary Australian composers with a view to making their work more accessible to a wider public. The founders of Wirripang, Anne and Brennan Keats, were both named in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours list and conferred an OAM for service to music as publishers of works by contemporary Australian composers. [If interested, read below for the origin of the name "Wirripang"]

Directors:  Anne Keats OAM and Brennan Keats OAM

Wirripang Pty Ltd
ABN 24 141 876 244
Wirripang Media Pty Ltd
ABN 34 612 768 617

18/106 Corrimal Street
Wollongong NSW 2500 Australia

Phone: 02 4228 9388

Mobiles: 0419 482 359 (Brennan), 0419 482 360 (Anne)
Email: keats@wirripang.com.au

New Composers - submissions for the next round must be received by 10th November 2017

Wirripang Pty Ltd is a classical fine music publisher with a focus on music composed by Australian Composers and written for concert or staged performance and educational/studio teaching. The Company accepts the submission of original works, on a twice-yearly basis. All submissions are peer-reviewed by panels of leading Australian composers, performers and industry experts.  

In striving to contribute to the highest standards of international publication, Wirripang will only consider work that meets the following submission criteria:
(1)    Compositions will normally demonstrate:
•    an engaging use of musical materials;
•    technical skill in balancing instrumental and/or vocal sonorities;
•    innovative approaches to the use of colour, texture or word-setting
•    evidence of careful structure and design;
•    professional quality computer notation and layout according to Wirripang guidelines on its website (see below).
•    All scores and supporting material to be submitted in PDF format and must show composition date.  Any reference to the composer is to be removed from scores as these are submitted to the panel members anonymously. 
(2)    Supporting material should include:
•    a 250-word CV indicating any previous publications, performances and recordings;
•    a 50-word statement of awareness about Wirripang’s current Catalogue as shown on its website and how the submission might fit within it;
•    evidence (by written documentation or website URL) of a portfolio of additional works so as to ensure a strong future portfolio and composer profile       with Wirripang;
•    a quality current digital portrait photograph for promotional purposes.
(3)    Composers submitting for the first time will submit a minimum of three works for consideration.
(4)    Wirripang does not normally accept submissions from postgraduate or undergraduate students whose compositions form part of their portfolio. However, where it can be demonstrated through supporting documentation that submissions are original works, not subject to a supervisor's or teacher's editing or correction, the panel will be happy to consider the material.

(5)    Although a composer has been approved for publication, all future submissions will follow the above guidelines as outlined in (1) above;
to provide a minimum of an additional two works within the first twelve months.

Publishing Requirements:

For detail information please download the Publishing Guidelines  

Samples of selected Wirripang music covers:  page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4

Panel Members:

          New South Wales:

Professor Dr Michael Atherton, Writing and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney

John Wayne Dixon, MA (Hons), AMusA, LTCL. Lecturer in Composition, Performance and Sound Studies Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong

Dr Michael Dixon, DCA (UOW), MMus (Contemporary Musicology), MPhil (Composition), LRSM, FTCL, former Principal Horn Queensland Orchestra and guest Principal Horn AOBO

Wendy Dixon Dip.Mus (Hons), Master of Music (Mus Ed), Guest Artist Soloists for Opera Australia, private studio and educational teacher of singing

David Miller AM, BA (Hons), Chair Ensemble Studies, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Piano/Accompaniment)

Dr John Peterson, BMus (Hons), MMus, PhD (Sydney), Composer, and Senior Lecturer in Composition at the School of the Arts and Media, University of New South Wales

Associate Professor Jeanell Carrigan, DCA (Wollongong),B.A.(Mus) with distinction (Qld Con), Künstlerische Straatsdiplom (Hochschule fuer Musik, Munich), M.Mus. (UQ) DCA (University of Wollongong), Senior Lecturer in Piano Accompaniment


Dr Houston Dunleavy, composer and conductor.  Academic staff member, The Australian Institute of Music; Musical Director, Sydney Male Choir; Adjunct Fellow, The Australian National University

Dr Vincent Giles, freelance composer and sound artist.

Peter Sheridan, graduate of University of Arizona, London Goldsmith's College and University of California, L.A.  Flautist of international acclaim, specialising in low-flutes. Academic staff member Monash University; Melbourne University; Victorian College of the Arts; Donvale Christian College, Melbourne.

    "Wirripang New Composition"

    This is an innovative new scheme to provide a winner of a recognised competition an opportunity to have his or her winning work published by Wirripang.  It is designed to provide encouragement, incentive and a publishing outlet for a new composer. 

    All works published under this scheme will be known as "Wirripang New Composition" (WNC) an imprint of Wirripang Pty. Ltd.  A category under this heading will be created on the website and will be promoted in a similar way to existing composers, although composers published under WNC will have their biographical profile attached to their work listing. An agreement will be entered into for five years and 10% royalty will be paid on net sales.

    WNC eligibility: The winner must be chosen from a competition conducted by a recognised organisation approved of by Wirripang with the rules and conditions of the competition  acceptable to Wirripang.

    Wirripang is to be promoted as the end publisher during the advertising period of the competition. The competition guidelines should indicate the presentation and set-out requirements standard for publishing by Wirripang. The work will only be accepted if typeset in a computer music program and Wirripang has the right to make recommendations and changes to presentation to ensure compatibility with its publishing style.  It further has the right to reject poor quality presentation or make recommendations to improve the presentation. The work will also be submitted for final approval by the Wirripang Review Panel.

      Origin of the name

      During the course of the 1930’s the radio station 2BL (Broadcasters Limited and now known as 702) ran a program for children titled the Australian Bora Circle. Young regular listeners, upon application, were able to become members and were allocated a totem and a name. My older brother Russell (born 1921) joined the Circle, at a date unknown, and was inducted into the Brolga totem and given the name Wirripang, The Eagle of the Brolga.

      Our parents, Janet and Horace Keats, were both musicians; our mother was a singer (and also a fine pianist) giving both regular broadcasts and recitals and our father a conductor, pianist and later of course, a composer. Both of them were involved with the ABC from the formation of 2FC and later 2BL and continued when these two stations amalgamated to form the ABC.

      Russell joined the RAN during 1939 and with a regular income had the foresight to take out an insurance policy. Sadly the proceeds of this policy were realised far sooner than anyone expected, because Russell was killed in action in his ship HMAS Canberra in the infamous battle of Savo Sound during August 1942.

      With the proceeds of this insurance and Russell’s deferred pay (sailors did not have superannuation benefits then) our parents purchased their first home in Mosman, lower north shore of Sydney, and they named it "Wirripang".

      Together with my wife and business partner, Anne, we retained the name in houses subsequently owned by us. So when seeking a name for our business we knew it had to be Wirripang.

      The logo we use is circular with the eagle on the top looking down on a whale beneath. The eagle is Wirripang and the whale is symbolic of our business commencing its life in Mosman in 1987. The whale represents the early whaling days in Mosman and is part of the current crest for Mosman.

      Brennan Keats