7 new opportunities for composers and those working in new music in 2015

At the start of this year we are delighted to open up 7 new opportunities for composers and those working in new music. Some are live right now – so get your applications in soon, otherwise, watch this space for the others, to be announced on our website soon.

  1. Apply to receive a Francis Chagrin Award

We relaunched these in 2013 and people tell us all the time how important this kind of practical, light touch support is. Aimed at helping composers of all kinds with the practical and logistical costs associated with making work (in any genre), the Francis Chagrin Awards helped 11 composers in 2014. The next round of Francis Chagrin awards open soon.

  1. Have your work performed at Music For Youth’s New Music Stage

With new partners Music For Youth, we are delighted to launch New Music Stage, a fantastic opportunity for young composers under the age of 21 to have their work performed at this day-long event at Music for Youth’s National Festival in July 2015. The call for applications opens on Friday 9th January.

  1. Become an Embedded Composer-in-Residence at the South London Gallery or with Quatour Bozzini

Calls are open for composers to work with new partners the South London Gallery and Canadian-based Quatour Bozzini. Many composers were placed on the Embedded scheme in 2014 with the widest imaginable range of host organisations, including Resonance FM, Apartment House, Hampshire Music Service and Club Inegales. The Embedded programme is the core of our work in talent development, and is made possible thanks to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The deadline for applications closes soon on Wednesday 14th January.

  1. Curate a Google Cultural Institute Exhibition for International Women’s Day

Keep your eyes peeled for an opportunity to curate a new Google Cultural Institute exhibition on a theme of women composers to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday 8th March. The call for applications will open over the next couple of weeks and will be announced on our website. Sound and Music’s Google Cultural Institute exhibitions are designed to open up the British Music Collection to a wider audience – find out more here: http://thecollection.soundandmusic.org/article/partnership-google-cultural-institute

  1. Share your thoughts about new music audiences at our first New Music Audience Development Network Meeting

At Sound and Music we’re always interested in learning more about audiences, and the people making new music happen. Some of the initial learnings from our Audience Development Incubator indicated to us that there are recurring areas of concern; audience retention, audience segmentation, data collection and what to do with it. We’re holding the first meeting at Somerset House, London on Wednesday 14th January. http://soundandmusic.org/nmadnm

  1. Create a new piece in Lithuania in 2015

Last year this call, developed in partnership with the Lithuanian Composers’ Union, saw Anat Ben-David and Yiorgis Sakellariou taking up a residency in Druskininkai with composers from Austria, Slovakia and Lithuania. We have a new call ready soon, this time for composers to create a new choral work during their stay in the beautiful Lithuanian woodlands in July 2015.

  1. Attend our annual Summer School in August 2015

Now in its seventh year the Sound and Music Summer School held at the Purcell School of Music offers a unique opportunity for composers aged 14-18 to spend a week with professional musicians and composers honing their music making skills and meeting other young composers. This year’s school will run from 2 – 8 August. The call for applications opens on Friday 16th January. http://soundandmusic.org/summerschool


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