Ken Tribe Fund Launch Family – (left to right)
Carl Vine, Graham Tribe, Elizabeth Watson, Doug Tribe, Caroline Coulson, & Mary Jo Capps

Ken Tribe Fund

for Australian Composers Announced

On Monday 22nd August 2011, the memory of the late Ken Tribe, who made an unparalleled contribution to the development of Musica Viva, and Australian cultural life, was honoured in a tribute concert by the Goldner String Quartet and Ian Munro (piano). Prior to the concert Musica Viva announced the establishment of the Ken Tribe Fund for Australian Composers.

Throughout his life, Ken maintained a visionary commitment to commissioning new music from Australian composers and his support enabled new works by luminary composers including the late Richard Meale, Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Carl Vine and Nigel Westlake. This commitment will continue to be honored by Musica Viva through the Ken Tribe Fund for Australian Composers.

While paying tribute to Ken, Musica Viva Artistic Director, Carl Vine, said,
“Ken considered that one of the great deficiencies in our country was the lack of quality chamber music by Australian composers. Quite recently, Ken's family came to us to realise a plan he hatched before his passing.

Tonight I am honoured and humbled to announce the establishment of a perpetual monument to Ken's generosity and vision: the Ken Tribe Fund for Australian Composers.

We owe Ken’s family very special thanks for making this possible: for helping to ensure that Australia's finest composers will be able to add to our national reservoir of chamber music for years to come.

This gift will be the starting point for a continuing body of commission funds to grow and flourish over time with support from similarly enlightened individuals. To this end we extend our gratitude to Kim Williams AM, whose commission for Musica Viva’s 2014 season will be the first realisation of the Ken Tribe Fund for Australian Composers.”

For further details or to contribute to the Fund please contact Hywel Sims, Philanthropy Manager at Musica Viva Australia, (02) 8394 6672 or

Kenneth Wilberforce Tribe AC (1914-2010)

Kenneth Wilberforce Tribe was born in Sydney in 1914, the second of three children born to Cecil and Elizabeth Tribe. Having attended St Andrew’s Cathedral Choir School, Ken won scholarships to Sydney Church of England Grammar School , then to Sydney University to study law, graduating in 1937 (music not being regarded as a viable occupation during that time of the Great Depression).

During his long life, Ken played a significant role with many of Australia’s cultural institutions including each of the six state symphony orchestras, Australia Council for the Arts, Opera Australia, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australia Ensemble, The Song Company, Macquarie Trio, Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition – and with his two great loves, the Goldner String Quartet and Musica Viva Australia.

In 1949 Ken joined Musica Viva as chairman of the executive and in 1966 took on the role of Artistic Director, which amalgamated with that of president in 1973. Ken retired from the Presidency of Musica Viva in 1986 and was Patron until his death in July 2010.

He also provided great leadership and assistance on a voluntary basis over many years to Hearing Australia, Winifred West Schools, Sydney College of the Arts, the NSW (now Sydney) Conservatorium and the Centenary Institute for medical research. And he combined an active professional life as a lawyer with his personal life as a husband, father and grandfather.

For further information please contact:
Cassie Etwell: Media & Communication Manager
Phone: +61 2 8394 6658

Ken Tribe Fund Launch Composers – (left to right)
Paul Stanhope, Ian Munro, Ross Edwards, Rosalind Page, Carl Vine, Brett Dean