highSCORE Festival 2017 (8th edition)

January 26, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

highSCORE Festival 2017 (8th edition)
Contemporary Music Festival with Master Classes
Pavia, Italy – August 7-19 – Application deadline: April 14, 2017

There are two composition programs and a contemporary music performance program.

highSCORE Festival is today’s leading Italian Contemporary Music Festival offering masterclasses, one of the “ten summer festivals to get the contemporary music blood pumping” (Composition: Today).
Set every summer in historical Pavia (Northern Italy), it is an invaluable venue for emerging composers wanting to produce and promote their work, inspire audiences with their music, secure future commissions and job opportunities, and join other musicians to create a vibrant artistic community. Musicians work closely with a renowned faculty, talented visiting artists and special guests from around the world for two intense weeks of masterclasses, lectures, workshops and concerts. With Fabio Vacchi (guest of honor). Faculty: Amy Beth Kirsten, Riccardo Lorenzetti, David Ludwig, Umberto Petrin, Christopher Theofanidis and Dmitri Tymoczko among others.


PRSF – Beyond Borders

January 18, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects that include repeat performances of music written in the past five years, new commissions and recordings.

This opportunity stimulates collaboration between organisations and bands/ensembles in England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It enables music creators to produce exceptional new material to be performed in at least three of these countries.

Launched in 2010, the scheme has supported over 50 projects so far, bringing together organisations and music creators across the UK and abroad.

Please find out more here http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/partnerships/flagship-programmes/beyond-borders/

Deadline 23rd Feb

Time Out mini-residency: Peer-to-peer support for composers

January 13, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, nms opportunity, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, peer to peer, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

Deadline 10th February.

We are very pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for our next Peer to Peer Time Out mini-residency. This year we are looking for composers who have taken a break from their career and are just getting back into making new music.

Taking place in Fife this is a 2-day professional development opportunity for older composers re-embarking on their artistic career. Open to Scotland based composers who may have trained at a younger age and for different reasons (be they family, financial) have taken a break from making new music.

Composers are often by the nature of their work somewhat isolated, with few opportunities for interaction with other composers or for continuing professional development. The aim of this course is to give composers the opportunity to work together, share their difficulties and benefit from each other’s strengths in a safe non-judgmental environment.

The residency will include:

• Facilitated getting to know each other time
• A question-answer session with an experienced composer
• One-to-one skills sharing sessions
• One-to-one work sharing with peer response
• Group discussion and problem solving

For more information please download the opportunity brief and/or email nicola@newmusicscotland.co.uk

Introduction to Funding for Creatives (Glasgow)

January 7, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, cpd, funding, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

Wednesday 15th February 2017
10am – 12.30pm
1.30pm – 4pm
6.30pm – 9pm

Glow Arts, Unit 8,
Barras Art & Design
54 Calton Entry
Glasgow G40 2SB.

Come along to our ‘Introduction to Funding’ workshop on the 15th February 2017 to find out more about where to find support, know if the fund is right for you, decoding the jargon and how to communicate your project idea to funders clearly

The workshop will cover the following areas:
Introduction to sources of support for creative projects.
How to know which fund is right for you?
Decoding the jargon.
How to communicate your idea clearly.
What’s in a budget?
Where to get help going forward.

The workshop will be delivered by Jennifer McGlone, who has been working in the creative sector for over 15 years as a Musician, Development Officer, Consultant, Fundraiser and Project Manager. She spent seven years working as a Development Officer for Scottish Arts Council/ Creative Scotland working on the Youth Music Initiative, CashBack for Creativity, Traditional Arts programmes and has assessed hundreds – maybe into the thousands of applications in this time. Since leaving she has been invited back on several occasions as an external assessor/ advisor to the organisations and has been working with individuals and organisations to support their fundraising bids.

Any questions get just email us at jennifer@glow-arts.co.uk

Tickets £30 – Limited to 10 spaces per workshop.

Book before 13th January 2017 for £10 discount – (15Feb17£10 – Code at Checkout).

Book before 20th January 2017 for £5 discount. (15feb17£5 – Code at Checkout).

Location: Glasgow City

For further information, please contact jennifer@glow-arts.co.uk (Jennifer McGlone), or visit http://glow-arts.co.uk/events/

The deadline is Wednesday 15 February 2017 at 18:00.

Free Sound Production Short Course

January 7, 2017 in All Opportunities, Composers, cpd, electroacoustic, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, workshop by mwhiteside

Academy of Music and Sound – Glasgow

Deadline: 13 January 2017 at 11:55

This program will give you hands on experience with Logic Pro X, microphones, MIDI recording and a host of other useful skills and knowledge that will help you in home recording or set you up for further study in sound production.

On successful completion, you will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 Award in Sound Production to evidence your new-found recording abilities and throughout the whole process you will receive guidance and support from one of AMS’ specialist trainers.

This course is available free of charge, however spaces are strictly limited so we recommend that you book ASAP.

Please note, this course is available to anyone aged over 16 years old.

The next intake will start on the following dates:



Class 1: Saturday 14th of January
Class 2: Saturday 21st of January
Class 3: Saturday 28th of January
Class 4: Saturday 4th of February
Class 5: Saturday 11th of February


Class 1: Sunday 15th of January
Class 2: Sunday 22nd of January
Class 3: Sunday 29th of January
Class 4: Sunday 5th of February
Class 5: Sunday 12th of February



Class 1: Saturday 14th of January
Class 2: Saturday 21st of January
Class 3: Saturday 28th of January
Class 4: Saturday 4th of February
Class 5: Saturday 11th of February


Class 1: Sunday 15th of January
Class 2: Sunday 22nd of January
Class 3: Sunday 29th of January
Class 4: Sunday 5th of February
Class 5: Sunday 12th of February

For further information, please contact glasgow@academyofmusic.ac.uk (Thomas Sutherland), or call 01412214458, or visit https://www.academyofmusic.ac.uk

The deadline is Friday 13 January 2017 at 11:55.

Kelvin Ensemble – Student Conductor applications

December 30, 2016 in All Opportunities, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

The Kelvin Ensemble are looking for a Student Conductor for next semester!
This is a really exciting opportunity for any aspiring conductors. Applications are welcome from matriculated students of 18 years or older.
While you will not be taking all rehearsals, you will be required to become familiar with the scores for our repertoire, and be fully prepared for any rehearsals you will take.

Full details including the Terms and Conditions of the post can be found here: http://bit.ly/2iaMrys

And the application form can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/2iknu46

Good luck!

Creative Entrepreneurs Short Course

December 25, 2016 in All Opportunities, Opportunity, Other Opportunity by mwhiteside

A short, intensive, career development course specifically designed to give performing artists the skills to take their career into their own hands, and bring new creative projects to life.

Talent and exemplary craft make up only one part of the patchwork of skills performing artists and creative practitioners need to succeed in today’s world. Confidence, resourcefulness, resilience and being commercially savvy have become just as vital, whatever the stage of one’s artistic career.

This course is designed to help performing artists explore new creative projects, and to couple them with the business know-how to make them happen.Whether you are an actor, musician, dancer, producer, solo performing artist, or part of a wider ensemble, our aim is to take your artistic ideas as a starting point and to give you the resources and skills to bring them to life.

The course is structured as a series of personal impact workshops to help you:

  • Identify your ‘Unique Selling Point’ and the distinctiveness of your artistic proposition
  • Practice your ‘sales pitch’ and approaches to investment & fundraising
  • Develop a business plan, considering aspects such as finance, promotion & networking, marketing & social media
  • Gain access to the tools, resources and support to master the business side of things with confidence and clarity.

The course will feature an exclusive seminar and Q&A with a leading creative entrepreneur in the performing arts, followed by drinks and networking on the evening of Saturday 12 March.

Who is this course for?

This short course is for performing artists who want to make new artistic projects happen. It is relevant to artists at all career stages, and applies to all disciplines of the performing arts (drama, music, technical theatre, and dance). Applicants are likely to include artists running a portfolio career, freelancers or sole traders looking to start a distinctive new project.


Friday 10 – Sunday 12 March 2017

Find out more

To find out more and book your place visit www.gsmd.ac.uk/creativeentrepreneurs


December 22, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, electroacoustic, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

BALANCE-UNBALANCE (BunB – http://balance-unbalance2017.org) is an International Conference designed to use ART as a catalyst to explore intersections between NATURE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.

The BALANCE-UNBALANCE conference will bring artists together with scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, management and policy experts, sociologists and engineers from across the world with the intent of engendering a deeper awareness and creating lasting intellectual working partnerships in solving our global environmental crisis.

“We are living in a world reaching a critical point where the equilibrium between a healthy environment, the energy our society needs to maintain or improve this lifestyle and the interconnected economies could pass more quickly than expected from the current complex balance to a complete new reality where unbalance would be the rule and human beings would need to be as creative as never before to survive. Environmental problems, economic uncertainty and political complexity have been around for a long time. What was different before was the speed and depth of transformations compared with today’s sudden changes. The frequent occurrence and severity that certain weather and climate-related events are having around us is increasing, and the ability of human beings on modifying adjacent surroundings as well as distant places have turn into a power capable of altering the planet […] The arts could play a major part in helping the global society to understand the magnitude of the crisis we are facing, and in promoting the awareness around environmental matters. it could also be a very good vehicle to disseminate proposals able produce changes in our behavior and decisions, influencing our chances for the future. Artists could promote inter and transdisciplinary actions focusing on our responsibility regarding the turning point we are living in defining the future of -human- life on Earth.”

For further information on the BALANCE-UNBALANCE agenda read: Breaking Paradigms: Electronic Arts & Humanitarian Actions by Ricardo Dal Farra.


BALANCE-UNBALANCE 2017 invites papers, transdisciplinary workshops, artistic activities and artefacts (including VR and Fulldome content), posters and panels that respond to the provocation provided by the ‘Sense of Place’ theme. These initiatives should propose new opportunities for digital/electronic/media arts to catalyse transdisciplinary activity and behaviour change to help solve our global environmental crisis.

BunB 2017 wishes to build on the work of previous BunB Conferences by cultivating virtual and networked models which allow increased diversity, access and dissemination whilst significantly reducing the carbon footprint of a major international conference.

BALANCE-UNBALANCE 2017, A Sense of Place is the 6th edition in the conference series: http://balance-unbalance2017.org

BunB 2016 – Manizales, Colombia: www.balance-unbalance2016.org
BunB 2015 – Arizona, United States: www.balance-unbalance2015.org
BunB 2013 – Noosa, Australia: www.balance-unbalance2013.org
BunB 2011 – Montreal, Canada: www.balance-unbalance2011.hexagram.ca
BunB 2010 – Buenos Aires, Argentina: www.ceiarteuntref.edu.ar/eq-deseq-en
About the theme for BunB 2017: “A Sense of Place”.

Our increasingly mediated relationship with the environment brings new insights to the invisible forces that affect complex ecologies. From meteorological data flows to temporal climate change models, our relationship with our environment is becoming more abstract, simulated and remote – tempering our desire to act. Could it be that we know more and experience less? BunB17 maps the coordinates of our Sense of Place – the horizontal landscape to the vertical transcalar spaces of the macro/micro.

The 6th edition of the BunB conference will be held from August 21 to 23 of 2017 in Plymouth, UK. Produced by i-DAT in collaboration with the Sustainable Earth Institute and Art and Sound at Plymouth University, BunB17 is being produced in collaboration with the North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Beaford Arts and Fulldome UK.

Deadline for submissions:

January 16, 2017 (midnight, UK time).
Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2017.

Call for participation: http://balance-unbalance2017.org/call-for-participation/

Audio Mostly 2017 “Augmented and Participatory Sound/Music Experiences”: 1st Call for Contributions

December 21, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, electroacoustic, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

The Audio Mostly organising committee would like to welcome researchers, interaction designers, engineers, artists, practitioners, audio professionals, and anyone interested in sound as a medium of interaction, to Audio Mostly 2017. The conference will be held on 23-25 August 2017 at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), UK.

Audio Mostly is an interdisciplinary conference on design and experience of interaction with sound that prides itself on embracing applied theory and reflective practice. Its annual gatherings bring together thinkers and doers from academia and industry that share an interest in sonic interaction and the use of audio for interface design. This remit covers product design, auditory display, computer games and virtual environments, new musical instruments, and education and workplace tools. It further includes fields such as the psychology of sound and music, cultural studies, system engineering, and everything in between in which sonic interaction plays a role. The 2017 edition will be a lively and sociable mix of technical presentations, posters, demos, concerts, and workshops.

Audio Mostly 2017 is organised by the Centre for Digital Music (C4DM) at Queen Mary University of London (UK), which is a world-leading multidisciplinary research group in the field of music/audio science and technology.

As in previous years, the Audio Mostly 2017 proceedings will be published by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and made available through their digital library (TBC). Papers, demos and workshop proposals will be double-blind peer reviewed.

Conference Theme “Augmented and Participatory Sound/Music Experiences”

At the intersection between augmentation (“the action or process of making or becoming greater in size or amount”) and participation (“the action of taking part in something”) lies the idea of expanding how we interact with our environment and becoming actively involved in situations. Applied to science, the arts, health and the environment, these themes invite to push back the frontiers of design and interactions, to propose new artistic formats adapted to audience creative interventions, or to improve accessibility and empower people. Both augmentation and participation are linked to the sense of agency; augmentation generally implies increased degrees of freedom or access to new information, and participation in design or the arts involves a redistribution of the roles between designers/artists and users/audiences. The concept of augmentation can be applied to a wide range of objects (e.g. musical instruments, concert stage, garments, everyday objects), situations/actions (e.g. live performance, mixing, cooking), and reality itself with “augmented reality” systems and displays providing new sensory information. Participation can be applied at different stages of the production-consumption chain. For instance, participatory design gathers designers and users to conjunctly create artefacts, and participatory art leads to shared contributions from artists and audience participants.

What is the potential of sound/music in facilitating augmentation and/or participation?

Augmentation and participation both have the potential to transform our emotional or personal association with situations, people and objects.

How does augmentation and/or participation applied to sound/music affect our life and experiences? What are their advantages and what are their drawbacks?

Audio Mostly 2017 encourages the submission of papers, music, demos, and workshops addressing such questions and others related to the conference theme and topics. We welcome multidisciplinary approaches involving fields such as human computer interaction, music informatics, information and communication technologies, sound design, visualisation, composition, perception/cognition and aesthetics.

Please visit our detailed call for contributions for the full list of topics and further information:
Call for papers: http://audiomostly.com/contributions/call-for-papers/
Call for music: http://audiomostly.com/contributions/call-for-music/
Call for demos: http://audiomostly.com/contributions/call-for-demos/
Call for workshops: http://audiomostly.com/contributions/call-for-workshops/
Website: http://audiomostly.com/

Important dates
Deadline for paper, music, demo and workshop submissions: 31 March 2017
Notification of acceptance: 22 May 2017
Camera-ready paper submission: 23 June 2017
Early registration deadline: 7 July 2017
Conference: 23-25 August 2017

Colocation with 3rd Web Audio Conference (WAC)
The conference will be collocated with the 3rd Web Audio Conference (WAC) “Collaborative Audio” (21-23 August 2017), with one day, Wednesday the 23rd, a common day between the two events. Participants will have the opportunity to attend both events at a discounted rate.

For more information or questions, please contact the organizing committee at: am2017-enquiries@qmul.ac.uk

We look forward to receiving you in London in 2017!

Conference Committee

General Chair
George Fazekas, QMUL
Paper and Program Chairs
Mathieu Barthet and Tony Stockman, QMUL
Demonstration and Poster Chairs
Fabio Morreale and Johan Pauwels, QMUL
Music Chair
Adib Mehrabi, QMUL
Organising Committee
Gary Bromham, Damir Juric, Beici Liang, Angela McArthur, Hazar Emre Tez, Sue White, William James Wilkinson

Biennale College Music: the new international call

December 21, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity by mwhiteside

production of 3 micro-budget short chamber operas

deadline for applications: 22 January 2017

La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, announces the 4th edition of the Biennale College – Music, as it launches the international call starting Thursday December 15th on the website www.labiennale.org (the call will remain open through January 22nd, 2017).

The international call for the 4th edition will be online from December 15th 2016 to January 22nd 2017. Participation is open to teams of composers, librettists, directors and set designers and for the first time video artists aged 35 and under. The selection of the 3 projects and teams – to be made by the Director of the Music Sector Ivan Fedele – will be announced in mid-February 2017.

The aim of the Biennale College – Music 2017 is to promote and support the production of up to 3 micro-budget musical theatre chamber works on a theme of choice, lasting no longer than 20 minutes each, for an ensemble of 8 instruments (flute, clarinet, trumpet or trombone, violin, viola, cello, percussions, MIDI keyboard) and 4 voices (chosen among soprano, mezzosoprano, tenor, baritone, bass). The short works will be presented as part of the 61st International Festival of Contemporary Music 2017 and shown online on the Fourth Stage, the virtual space of the Biennale website dedicated to live performance.

The 3 selected teams will be accompanied in the development and production of their projects through phases of training and production that will take place in four steps:
1 – within the month of March 2017, a week-long workshop will be held in Venice with artists and masters, focusing on general themes in traditional and contemporary musical theatre, especially as they concern the relationship between text and music;
2 – by mid-April  2017, the teams must submit at least half of the score, the project for the stage production and the libretto. In this phase, there will be a one-week workshop on the work done up to this point;
3 – between late May and early June 2017 there will be a one-week working session in Venice with the tutors of the Biennale College. The full score must be submitted at this time, and the teams must organize the production of the works, including: the selection of the singers; verification and final draft of the budget; a production plan that includes stage and musical rehearsals;
4 – on the days preceding the debut in October at the 61st International Festival of Contemporary Music, the stage and music rehearsals will be held with the support of the tutors of the Biennale College, leading to the final production of the works (more or less one week of work).

The official and complete text of the international call for the 4th edition of the Biennale College – Music may be consulted starting tomorrow December 15th 2016 at the following address:

Biennale College – Music, organized by the Biennale di Venezia, is supported by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Director for the Performing Arts.

SoundScape Summer School

December 18, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

Creating the Music of Tomorrow

• Composers: Apply by January 1, 2017
• Performers: Apply by March 1, 2017
• soundSCAPE encourages applications from performers on ANY instrument, including vocalists and conductors.

Eastman Broadband, 2017 Ensemble in Residence
• BroadBand is a flexible ensemble based in Rochester, New York, featuring current students and recent alumni of the Eastman School of Music.
• Composer applicants selected to write for BroadBand will be notified by January 15, 2017.
• Two applicants in percussion will be selected to perform with BroadBand at soundSCAPE.

Festival Sinfonietta
• Comprised of performance applicants and members of Eastman BroadBand with Festival Faculty.
• accepting auditions on flute, oboe/english horn, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, piano, saxophone, percussion, violin, viola, cello, bass.
• Composer applicants selected to write for the Sinfonietta will be notified by January 15, 2017.

Small Chamber Groups
• Ranging from two to six players, each group will include a member of Eastman BroadBand or Festival Faculty along with participant performers.
• accepting auditions on all instruments (as listed under Sinfonietta above), including guitar, voice (all types), and any other instrument.
• Composers selected to write for chamber groups will be notified by January 15, 2017.

soundSCAPE facilitates the flowering of new music and the exchange of ideas and culture between musicians of tomorrow’s generation. Each summer in idyllic Maccagno, Italy, soundSCAPE attracts composers and performers from around the world for two weeks of concerts, lectures, master classes and workshops. The essence of the festival is process and collaboration – soundSCAPE has been the starting point for new music initiatives that have flourished long beyond the festival, all around the globe. We approach all music with open ears and a passion for making your voice heard… please join us for a celebration of new music in 2017!

Established in 2005, soundSCAPE is directed by Nathanael May.


Vacancy – Head of Department in Creative Technology at Bournemouth University, UK

November 25, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

Bournemouth University has recently advertised for a Head of Department in Creative Technology, which spans music technology and games technology. http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AVN845/head-of-department-in-creative-technology/ The new buildings mentioned in the advert will also include purpose-built music studios and teaching facilities.

Closing date is midnight Tuesday 3rd January 2017.


November 23, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

Open to Scottish-based artists in all artforms who are aged over 50, and led by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath from Magnetic North.

Dates: Arrive on evening of Wednesday 22nd February and leave on the morning of Tuesday 28th February

Location: Cove Park, near Helensburgh
Deadline for applications: midday on Wednesday 4th January Successful candidates will be notified by: Monday 16th January APPLICATION GUIDELINES

The lab

This lab is a partnership between Cove Park, Magnetic North, Luminate – Scotland’s creative ageing festival, and a-n The Artists Information Company. It offers an opportunity for six older artists working in any art form to take part in a facilitated process, exploring how creativity can be nourished and how artists can challenge themselves to develop. There will also be time for individual reflection and work.

The aims of the lab are to:
o Create a supportive atmosphere for discussion
o Stimulate dialogue about creative processes
o Give space and time for artists to reflect on their own creative practice o Make time for individual reflection

The lab is open to artists who have recently embarked on a new artistic career including those who have trained at a young age and have returned to their practice later in life, those who have worked in the arts in different capacities and are now changing direction, and those who have come new to their artform in their later years. We are keen to receive applications from artists who are about to embark on their new career, as well as those who have already begun to work professionally.

More information http://www.magneticnorth.org.uk/images/docs/Older-artists-lab-2017—call-for-applications.pdf


November 22, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, featured, Home, News, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside




The inaugural Scottish Awards for New Music will take place on Wednesday 8 March 2017 at 8.00pm at the Drygate Brewery, Glasgow.  The Awards have been created by New Music Scotland with financial support from Creative Scotland, to celebrate and champion the highest standards and achievements of Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles. They will highlight and showcase the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland, as well as the depth and breadth of the country’s contemporary music scene.

The Scottish Awards for New Music are welcoming nominations for music being made by Scottish and Scottish-based creators of new music. The nine categories are listed below. Nominations are open from Thursday 24 November until Tuesday 20 December 2016 and can be made by both members of the public and industry professionals.  Nominations can be made via the website where details of eligibility and submission criteria can be found: www.newmusicscotland.co.uk/awards2017.

The winners of each of the nine categories will be selected by an international panel of composers, musicians and music industry experts and announced at the awards evening in Glasgow on 8 March 2017. Profiles of the shortlisted entries will be available on New Music Scotland’s website in the weeks leading up to the event.

New Music Scotland Chair, composer Oliver Searle said, “We are excited about the launch of these awards in Scotland, in recognition of the range of innovative new work being created, promoted and performed. New Music Scotland recognises the diversity and quality of new music that exists here, providing a further opportunity to raise awareness of the range of musical activity that is essential in making Scotland such a culturally vibrant place to live and work.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, said, “The Scottish Awards for New Music offer a fantastic opportunity to celebrate work that resonates locally, nationally and internationally. Excellence and experimentation thrive across all of the award categories, proving yet again that Scotland is home to musicians and composers who are truly world-class. Creative Scotland also hopes that these new awards raise the profile of such artists in our society, allowing the public to engage with some of the most thrilling music currently being made here.”



  • electroacoustic/sound art work
  • small scale new work (1-10 performers)
  • large scale new work (11+ performers)
  • recorded new work
  • innovation
  • collaboration
  • community/education project
  • achievement in new music
  • new music performer(s) of the year


  • Jessica Cottis (conductor)
  • Brian Irvine (composer)
  • Dr. Evonne Ferguson (Director of the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland)
  • Rose Dodd (composer)
  • Tom Poulson (musician)
  • Susanne Eastburn (Chief Executive, Sound and Music)
  • Kate Molleson (music writer)
  • Emmanuel Cocher (Director of the Institut français d’Ecosse)

Classical:NEXT 2017 Registration Now Open

November 22, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

Registration of Classical:NEXT is now available online for the reduced Smart Rate price. We appreciate you writing a post or small news item to notify your readership.

Please note: The first programme details for the 2017 edition, including major conference topics, speakers and some musical highlights will be announced in a press release on Wednesday, 30 November.

On the Classical:NEXT Registration: As of today, classical and contemporary music professionals from all sectors can register online for the sixth edition of Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Classical:NEXT is classical music’s leading industry event, with a focus on innovating classical and contemporary music.

Classical:NEXT 2017
de Doelen international Concert Hall and Congress Centre
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
17 – 20 May 2017

Dedicated Online Registration System:

Prices for Classical:NEXT 2017 will stay exactly the same for the third time in a row. Stands are expected to sell out fast again. The country umbrella stands below are already confirmed, and more stands and delegations from all over the globe will follow in the coming weeks and months.

Australia (Sounds Australia)
Belgium – Flanders (Flanders Arts Institute)
Beligum – Wallonia (Wallonia / Brussels Music)
Canada (Canada Council for the Arts)
Denmark (Danish Arts Foundation)
Estonia (Music Estonia)
Finland (Music Finland)
France (Business France)
Latvia (Latvia/Letland)
Lithuania (Music Lithuania)
Luxembourg (music:LX)
Spain – Catalonia (Creative Catalonia)
Sweden (Export Music Sweden)
Switzerland (Fondation Suisa)
The Netherlands (Dutch Pavilion)
UK (British Music Stand)
UK – Scotland (Creative Scotland)
On Classical:NEXT: The organisers of the event are Piranha Arts (based in Berlin, Germany) together with local partner de Doelen, Rotterdam’s concert hall and home to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Classical:NEXT will again feature a stand expo, conference and showcase formats including live concerts and video project pitches. 1,200 delegates attended the last edition this May.

Apply to the RPS Julius Isserlis Scholarship

November 18, 2016 in All Opportunities, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

The Royal Philharmonic Society’s (RPS) Julius Isserlis Scholarship is now open for applications, offering up to £30,000 to study abroad for one or two years.

According to the RPS, the initiative is open to all classical instrumentalists of any nationality aged 15-25 who are permanent UK residents.

Applications are selected for audition. Auditioned candidates will be expected to prepare a recital programme of 45’ duration as well as give an outline of their proposed course of study abroad and two references.

Applications must be made on the official form which can be downloaded below. Applicants will have to submit a recording of their playing and a fee of £30 for non-RPS members or £15 for RPS members is payable.

Previous recipients include Rebecca Burch, who travelled to Dagaare, Ghana to pursue percussion, and harpist Emily Hoile, who travelled to New York to further her musical development.

Visit the RPS website to find out more.

New Researcher in Residence – Connecting Scotland’s Sounds

November 18, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Opportunity by mwhiteside

The Connecting Scotland’s Sounds project is piloting a Researcher in Residence pilot programme in partnership with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH):

Hear Here: listening in to the sound collections of Scotland’s community archives

Do you have recordings in your community archive that you’d like shared? There’s a new opportunity to work with a SGSAH doctoral researcher in late spring/summer 2017. The researcher would be able to offer part-time assistance with archival tasks (including some time on-site) and would also deliver an audience engagement activity.

An overview of this opportunity can be downloaded from the Useful Documents section, on the right of this page. The deadline for sending proposals (using the separate form) to a.mcdonald@nls.uk is noon on Wednesday 21 December.

Proposals will be shortlisted in January by the Connecting Scotland’s Sounds board, and participating researchers will be invited to apply to work with one of the shortlisted projects in March after undertaking a range of training sessions in February. Up to 3 researcher-collection pairings will be made and supported from April to July through this pilot programme as part of the Connecting Scotland’s Sounds project.

If you know any SGSAH doctoral researchers who might be interested in this opportunity, please point them to information about how to apply to participate in the February training sessions here.

Diaphonique fund: call for projects

November 18, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

Diaphonique, the Franco-British fund for contemporary music, was launched in 2010. It supports contemporary music projects which foster cultural exchanges between France and the UK.

Diaphonique’s aim is to promote French contemporary classical music in the UK, and British contemporary classical music in France. The projects must involve works composed by British or French composers, which were created over the last 30 years or which are in the process of being composed.

Diaphonique supports the following categories: instrumental, vocal, mixed or electro-acoustic contemporary classical music; new forms of improvised and electronic music; computer-assisted composition and research with multi-media tools.

Diaphonique’s grants are allocated to various projects: concerts, composers’ residencies, commissions of new works and revivals, tours, masterclasses, scholarships.

Diaphonique can finance up to 40% of the artistic part of the budget.

Diaphonique does not fund individual projects. Artists can not apply directly. Applications must be submitted by producers or art organisations.

Diaphonique gives priority to non-profit organisations.
Only the following organisations, French or British, can submit a project: ensembles, companies or collectives, venues, festivals, educational bodies, research studios and centres.

Partnerships between France and the UK must be strong and real.

Diaphonique also supports tripartite projects with Germany : projects involving UK, French and German partners are particularly appreciated.

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland, International

For further information, please contact elsa.m@french-music.org (Elsa Martin), or call +44 20 7871 3525, or visit http://diaphonique.org

The deadline is Saturday 31 December 2016 at 23:55.

Artist Residency – RHSC and DCN

November 6, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

Deadline: 09 November 2016 at 17:00


We are seeking expressions of interest from a contemporary artist or artists for a 12 month artist residency as part of the Art and Therapeutic Design (ATD) programme for the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC) and Department of Clinical Neuroscience (DCN) hospital in Little France, Edinburgh.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a contemporary artist (or artists) to research, develop and deliver a residency project which could include an exhibition, workshop, digital production, performance, event or publication. The focus for the activities or interventions should be on building meaningful collaborative practice with community projects in the geographical vicinity of the Little France Campus with particular attention to those representing minority or hard to reach groups.

We are looking for an artist (or artists) with a track record of innovative socially engaged practice who can demonstrate confidence, motivation, vision and creative aptitude for developing arts within healthcare settings and with minority or disadvantaged communities. There will be scope for the selected artist to pursue personal interests in the choice of specific communities or themes they explore.


A total sum of £38,000 ex VAT has been allocated inclusive of all fees and expenses for this residency. This is broken down as artist residency fees of £28,000 (140 days @ £200) plus a materials budget of £10,000 to cover production or event delivery costs.

As part of the ATD 19.1 residency programme there will also be access, via discussion and approval, to a shared budget for mentoring, discussions and dissemination/publication.

Submission Deadline

Submissions should be sent in electronic form to Lucy Harwood by 5pm on Wednesday 9th November 2016. Please see project briefs for full submission requirements.

Full Brief

More information and a full brief can be found at http://www.ginkgoprojects.co.uk/opportunities/artist-residency-rhsc-dcn

Location: Edinburgh City

For further information, please contact hanskclausen@gmail.com (Hans Clausen, Lead Artist), or visit http://www.ginkgoprojects.co.uk/opportunities/artist-residency-rhsc-dcn

Fellowships – DCN

November 6, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

Deadline: 09 November 2016 at 17:00


We are seeking expressions of interest from creative practitioners for the Art and Therapeutic Design (ATD) programme for the new Department of Clinical Neuroscience (DCN) hospital in Little France, Edinburgh. The opportunities are:

– Language & Cognition Fellowship
– Music Fellowship
– Design Fellowship

The fellowships are a fantastic opportunity to promote and showcase the working activity and research interests currently found within the DCN through a programme of dynamic art/science commissions. Innovation and design development using current research practices is key to each fellowship within the programme. This project seeks to build relationships between artists, staff and external research partners to demonstrate best practice and contribute to on-going dialogue with respect to the benefits of creative practice in clinical environments.

The three DCN fellowships are a unique opportunity designed to build relationships and creative capacity between the hospital and wider city communities over a 12 month period. It is anticipated that much of the development work will take place off site however we expect both temporary and permanent outcomes to find a place both within the existing DCN at Western General and/or the new building at Little France.


Each fellowship is valued at £40,000 ex VAT including all materials and expenses. This is broken down into fellowship fees and a materials budget to cover production or event delivery costs. This is based on a fee allocation of £30,000 (150 days @ £200 per day) and £10,000 for support, materials and expenses.

As part of the project there will also be access, via discussion and approval, to a shared budget for mentoring, discussions, and for dissemination/publication.

Submission Deadline

Submissions should be sent in electronic form to Lucy Harwood by 5pm on Wednesday 9th November 2016. Please see project briefs for full submission requirements.

Full Brief

More information and a full brief can be found at http://www.ginkgoprojects.co.uk/opportunities/fellowships-dcn

Location: Edinburgh City

For further information, please contact mark@ginkgoprojects.co.uk (Mark Daniels, Project Curator), or visit http://www.ginkgoprojects.co.uk/opportunities/fellowships-dcn

The deadline is Wednesday 09 November 2016 at 17:00.

Call for Abstracts – CIRMMT Symposium on Force Feedback and Music

October 24, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, electroacoustic, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology
(CIRMMT) and the Input Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory (IDMIL),
McGill University, are organizing a 2-day workshop on December 9-10, 2016
to discuss the state-of-the-art and the possible future directions of
research on force-feedback and music (FF&M).

Summary of Important Information:
*CIRMMT Symposium on Force Feedback and Music
*When: December 9 ­ 10, 2016
*Where: CIRMMT, McGill University, Montreal, Qc, Canada (www.cirmmt.org)
*Deadline for abstract submission: Monday November 14 16 2016
*Acceptance notification: Thursday November 17 2016
Though haptics research in music is a very active research field, it seems
presently dominated by tactile interfaces, due in part to the widespread
availability of vibrotactile feedback in portable devices. Though now
recent‹with some of the its early contributions dating back to the end of
the 70s‹research on force-feedback in musical applications has
traditionally suffered from exogenous issues such as hardware cost, as
well as the lack of community-wide accessibility to software and hardware
platforms for prototyping musical applications. Despite this situation, in
recent years several works have addressed this topic proposing software
platforms and simulation models.

We believe that it is then time to probe the current state of research on
Force-feedback and music (FF&M).

We invite the submission of abstracts summarizing innovative work
addressing force-feedback applications to music and media, including, but
not limited to, the following topics:
– Music and media applications of force-feedback systems
– FF models of musical actions
– Audio and mapping systems adapted to force-feedback applications
– Open-hardware and open-source solutions for developing and sharing
force-feedback/musical projects
– Evaluation of system quality vs cost in musical applications
– The pros/cons of existing hardware and software systems
– The obsolescence of hardware and software systems and ways to deal with
– Perceptual issues in FF&M

Abstract submission:
To propose a contribution, please send a one page summary of your proposal
a) the research you carry out
b) its current results
c) its future perspectives

Deadlines and how to submit:
The deadline for abstract submission is *Monday November 14 2016*.

Please send your one-page abstract to marcelo.wanderley@mcgill.ca, with
the email subject: [FF&M 2016] Contribution by “XXX”
Selection results will be announced on Friday Nov 18.

The CIRMMT Symposium on Force Feedback and Music is sponsored by the Input
Devices and Music Interaction Laboratory, McGill University, the
Inria-FRQNT MIDWAY “équipes de recherche associées” project, the Centre
for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology and McGill

Prof. Marcelo M. Wanderley
IDMIL/CIRMMT, McGill University

2016 Joint WOCMAT – IRCAM Forum Conference

September 29, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, electroacoustic, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

Venue: Kainan University, Taiwan,
No.1 Kainan Road, Luzhu Dist., Tauyuan City 33857 , Taiwan R.O.C

Date:Dec. 9-10, 2016


[Submission for IRCAM Forum Workshop Demo ]

[ Call for Musical Works ]

[ Call for paper ]


[ Keynote Speaker ]
Prof. Leigh Landy
Director – Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre, De Montfort University
Topic: Music and Technology in a Rapidly Changing Environment: Are we ahead of the game or just keeping up?

[ Invited Speaker ]
Prof. Ken Paoli
College of Du Page, USA.
Topic: Macrostructural Aspects of Algorithmic Composition; Using Schenkerian Concepts to Shape Sections of a Composition and to Construct Larger Compositions.

[ IRCAM (Six Researchers) Speech and Workshop ]

Registration Fees

Full Price: 90 Euros / 3190 NTD (Early Bird)
100 Euros / 3540 NTD (Late Registration)
Students: 50 Euros / 1770 NTD(Early Bird)
60 Euros / 2130 NTD (Late Registration)
Member of TCMA (Taiwan Computer Music Association) /Co-Organisers: 30 Euros / 1070 NTD
Member of IRCAM Forum / Kainan University: Free

Due Date

Thursday July 7 communication and Open for submission (music and paper)
(WOCMAT, IRCAM, newsletter, forumnet, emailing)
Thursday October 20 Close for submission
Thursday October 27 Result revealed
Thursday October 27 Open for early registration
Thursday November 10 Close for early registration
Thursday December 8 Close for online registration


Email: wocmat2016@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wocmat2016ircam/

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

September 29, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

2017 Call for Submissions
is Now Open!

Georgia Tech’s 2017 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is an annual event designed to showcase the world’s next generation of musical instruments and unveil the best new ideas in musicality, design, and engineering. Wired magazine called the competition an “X-Prize for music,” and contestants liken it to a TED Conference for new musical instrument designers. The Guthman Competition will take place March 8-9, 2017, at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts, in Atlanta, Georgia.

The deadline for submissions is October 20, 2016. Approximately twenty semi-finalists will be invited to demonstrate, discuss, and perform with their instruments as they compete for $10,000 in cash prizes.

Submit your instrument at:


:::: This Year’s Judges ::::
Performer DAEDELUS


To learn more about the competition,
Visit guthman.gatech.edu or our Facebook page.
We’d love to hear your comments!

Call for Applications – Self-funded winter residencies

September 29, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

Subsidised Self-Funded Residency Opportunities.
Cove Park has just opened its brand new Artists Centre. For the first time we are able to run year-round residencies for individuals or groups of up to 12, and are inviting applications from those who wish to spend 10 days – 4 weeks with us this autumn and winter, at a special subsidised rate.

As part of our work to ensure Cove Park is an open, equal and inclusive organisation, with opportunities for artists and makers of all cultures, ages, creative disciplines and at all stages of their career, we are offering subsidised self-funded residencies throughout November & December 2016 and January 2017.

Proposals are invited from UK-based artists (individually or in groups) working in any creative discipline who would benefit from time, space and creative exchange on Scotland’s west coast.

Further information about costs and dates are available here. The deadline for applications is Friday 14th October 2016.

Royal Opera House Links partnerships

September 21, 2016 in All Opportunities, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

ROH Links is year-long partnership programme that helps people and projects to thrive, drawing on the skills, expertise and perspectives of people working at the Royal Opera House and encouraging wider networking.

The Royal Opera and Royal Ballet would like to invite up to four companies, ensembles, venues and/or independent creative producers to become ROH Links partners for one year, starting in January 2017, with potential for extension as required. The programme, which has been developed in partnership with Arts Council England, is tailored to each partner’s needs. However, support from the ROH is likely to include 15 hours per annum of 1:1 meetings and shadowing opportunities with senior Company and other Royal Opera House staff. Partners also participate in Conversation Days (see below) and are encouraged to learn from each other, from former participants and from other colleagues in the cultural sector. We would also value the opportunity to learn from your perspectives and approaches. There is no cost to either party.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a compelling artistic vision and the potential to have a transformative impact on the future of opera and/or ballet. We are especially interested to hear from companies and individuals whose work reaches or has potential to reach under-served communities, nurtures diverse talent, is tailored to younger audiences and/or makes innovative use of digital media. Applicants must also outline their capacity to participate fully and to build on their learning (including Board engagement where applicable).

Areas for development may include (but are not limited to) fundraising, marketing, audience engagement, learning and participation, producing, digital content, planning, systems, human resources, legal and governance.

‘Our relationship with ROH has very much exceeded our original expectations. We have found the ROH staff to be incredibly friendly and open and we have been impressed by the willingness of staff at all levels of the organisation to engage.’

‘Taking on ROH advice, we launched a new individual giving scheme in spring 2014 and we are now exceeding our fundraising targets in this area.’

‘We have changed how we promote our shows via social media – developing a more sophisticated and discursive dialogue.’

‘We can confidently say the impact of this scheme has contributed significantly and invaluable to our growth, success and future plans.’

To apply, please download and complete this form and return it to Allie Duthie at allie.duthie@roh.org.uk by 11am on 21 October. Discussions with potential partners will take place on 21 November (ballet, dance and combined arts) and 16 November (opera, music and combined arts).

If you would like to talk to us in advance, please call Lindsey Glen on 020 7212 9384 or speak with staff within The Royal Opera or The Royal Ballet.

Conversation Days

In addition to the formal ROH Links Partnerships, we are also planning a networking event next spring, including panel discussions on income generation, digital activity and business planning. To register your interest, please contact Allie Duthie at allie.duthie@roh.org.uk.


Ableton Live Masterclass

September 9, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

Ableton Certified Trainer Timo Preece will deliver 2 master classes on 24th & 25th September 2016 focusing on the development of streamlined workflow techniques for designing, sketching and composing music quickly and efficiently with Ableton Live 9.

Visit http://thenoisefloor.co.uk/master-classes-ableton-live-edinburgh/ for full details and booking information.

Proper technique is a crucial component to almost every type of development but it can also be one of the most difficult things to learn on your own. Being tuned into efficient, productive workflow can often be the difference between finishing your productions or not.

Learn valuable strategies, tips, tricks and innovative methods for improving productivity, efficiency and quality from an experienced industry professional and expert Ableton Certified Trainer: Timo Preece (Berlin-Germany). Attendees are encouraged but not required to attend both the Saturday and Sunday sessions. Each session’s content will be related but also stand on its own. Feel free to bring a laptop with Ableton Live installed, although this won’t be required for the sessions.

The workshops are limited to 6 students per day to ensure an intimate learning environment and will take place at The Noisefloor, Edinburgh’s unique DIY music and sound production studio. Attendees will be able to take advantage of exclusive, discounted rates on future use of the studio.

The full weekend course will cover topics including:

– Streamlined navigation of Live’s interface
– Roadmaps and templates for efficient music production
– Instrumentation, beat creation tips and techniques
– Automation, modulation, effect processing and beyond
– Efficient signal routing
– Optimizing Live for maximum efficiency
– Creative strategies and over coming obstacles
– Shortcuts without cutting corners
– and more…

The instructor, Timo Preece, is an accomplished audio technologist, multi-media consultant, sound designer and electronic musician. Find out more here: www.gravityterminal.com

Price: £99 per session

Musician/Technology Resource Developer Commission

August 27, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

Deadline: 16 September 2016 at 10:00

The Arts and Creative Learning Team, City of Edinburgh Council, seeks a musician to develop a resource for use in Primary 1 to 3 classes on the topic of ‘Music and Technology’.
This resource will be presented in an A4 folder, with DVDs and CDs. A copy will be given to every Primary establishment in Edinburgh, including Special schools. It will be developed through workshops in collaboration with selected Primary schools over a period of ten weeks. The content produced, which may be original or from non-copyright repertoire, should be available for City of Edinburgh Council to use and reproduce both on paper and online. The resource will be filmed as a guide for teachers.
We are offering an all inclusive fee of £250 per day, based on 10 days in school with a further 5 for preparation, and are keen to work in close collaboration with the selected musician. All copyright will be assigned to City of Edinburgh Council. The musician will be fully acknowledged and may use the commission within their own portfolio.

– Fee: £250 per day
– Completion date: 1 February 2017
– Launch of resource: May 2017

Applications should include:
– Commitment to delivering by the deadline
– Confirmation that the content can be used as outlined
– Examples of work (any format including links to websites are acceptable)
– CV
– Names and contact details of 2 referees

For more information and/or to submit your application please contact: Frances Rive frances.rive@edinburgh.gov.uk

This opportunity is funded by Creative Scotland through the Youth Music Initiative.

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact Frances.rive@edinburgh.gov.uk (Frances Rive), or call 0131 469 3155,

The deadline is Friday 16 September 2016 at 10:00.

Call Out for Cryptic Nights

August 27, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

Deadline: 22 September 2016 at 12:00

• An artist at the start of their creative career based in Scotland?

• Create high quality innovative work with original music or sound-based elements that cross artistic boundaries?
• Create remarkable moments that engage audiences?

• Presents work that inspires, invigorates and excites;
• Crosses creative boundaries with live music, visual and sonic art, film and new media;
• Dynamically engages audiences beyond traditional art forms with a Cryptic edge;
• Supports emerging artists’ artistic development and enables them to take risks;
• Gives audiences the opportunity to see inspiring and engaging work they would not usually have an opportunity to experience.

This is an opportunity to develop an existing work and present it for a second outing with Cryptic’s help and support.

Whilst Cryptic Nights is mainly based in CCA, Glasgow, we are also interested in innovative site-specific works, as well as projects that can be performed in a black box or gallery space.

We will not support:
• Traditional theatre, dance or literature;
• The creation of a new work;
• Work which has already been given substantial support/platform by another organisation.

• A guaranteed fee of £500 per performance with support, advice and space to take risks;
• A performance platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company;
• Venue, technical, PR and marketing support;
• An opportunity to build a new audience and raise your profile;
• Free entry to other Cryptic Nights throughout the year;
• Valuable networking opportunities.

If you would like to apply please download the application pack and guidelines from our website http://www.cryptic.org.uk/work-with-us/ or contact info@cryptic.org.uk .
Applications should be sent to: info@cryptic.org.uk

Deadline: 12pm Thursday 22nd September 2016

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact info@cryptic.org.uk (Carrie Skinner), or call 0141 3540544, or visit http://www.cryptic.org.uk/

The deadline is Thursday 22 September 2016 at 12:00.

Produced radio segments wanted

August 1, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

The Cutty Strange is a monthly radio hour that airs the first Thursday of each month at 1am EST on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7 FM in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley. The show centers around new and experimental music, focusing on transmission and broadcast arts works. As stated in a previous call, we are always accepting works that fit this criteria to be considered for air on the show.

This call is to open guest produced segments to the show, that focuses on a topic of the guest’s choosing. We are asking for interested persons to submit a short proposal, or already completed segment (see below) with the following information:

1. The topic at hand.
2. The subject(s) of the segment.
3. The music (if any) to be played.
4. The overall production idea (is it an interview, lecture series, multi-episode segment, info piece, opinion, etc.).
5. The estimated length of the segment.
6. How you feel this piece relates to the field of experimental arts.

These pieces should be produced by the guest producer, but we also accept submissions of scripts of segments that can be produced by our staff. In these cases, we will work with the guest contributor to make a piece that best reflects their ideas and ours here at The Cutty Strange. With that said, we are also interested in working with those who are producing pieces, to help achieve the highest possible quality radio work. We are very open to any and all ideas so long as the guidelines above are addressed. Ultimate approval of proposals and completed segments are subject to that of The Cutty Strange and WGXC.

For completed radio segments, please complete the above information, as well as stating if the piece has aired before, and of so, when and where?

If submitting a completed segment, please submit in MP3 format (constant bitrate 192kbps). Please be sure that the piece adheres to the profanity and indecency guidelines put forth by the FCC. Those that do not adhere to the guidelines, will not be aired. You can see the guidelines here:


One person or group may submit as many proposals or segments as they wish; there is no entry fee or limit. The Cutty Strange operates on a not-for-profit basis, there is no fee paid to you for airing your segment, and we are not interested in negotiating any such fees.

**Please EMAIL all inquiries to thecuttystrange@gmail.com

Thank you all for your time.

Daniel Steffey
The Cutty Strange


Creative Europe Cooperation Projects Development Workshop – Edinburgh

July 18, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

This workshop is aimed at arts, creative and heritage organisations who have already attended one of our regular information seminars and are seriously considering submitting an application for the Cooperation Projects deadline in October 2016. 

This interactive workshop led by the Creative Europe Desk UK team, will provide the chance to:

  • Begin to develop and test project ideas that respond to Creative Europe’s priorities and your existing programme and activities
  • Hear existing beneficiaries Carolyn Lappin, YDance, share their experience so far of delivering Creative Europe-supported project Let’s Dance.
  • Find out how working with European partners could help your organisation to develop your work and profile through long term transnational collaboration

This event is free and open to organisations in the creative and cultural sectors with some prior knowledge of Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme. If you have not previously attended one of our regular information seminars, we would recommend signing up to one of these introductory sessions before attending this workshop. 


New Music Scotland- Networking and Discussion Day 2nd September 2016

July 11, 2016 in All Opportunities, Conference, featured, News, Opportunity by mwhiteside

New Music Scotland

Networking and Discussion Day
2nd September 2016
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow 10.30am – 4pm

You are invited to join us for our third networking and discussion day. A day where we all come together to celebrate the successes of the last 12 months, to discuss the challenges that we face and to plan how to overcome these and shape new opportunities.

Our main discussion of the day will be ‘Working in Europe post-Brexit – what are the implications for funding and free movement of artists and how should we best prepare?’ The panel will include Geoffrey Brown from Euclid, Susanna Eastburn from Sound and Music, Norah Campbell from the British Council and Janet Archer from Creative Scotland.

In the afternoon Kyle Brenders from the Canadian New Music Network (skypeing in now following funding challenges) will join Alan Morrison from Creative Scotland, Susanna Eastburn from Sound and Music and Aidan O’Rourke to discuss ‘Making a Living from New Music’. The session will be chaired by Oliver Searle.

The day will include networking sessions, the NMS AGM (at which you are invited to contribute to planning the future direction of the organisation) and a networking lunch.

After a short break in the evening, you are invited to join us at the Echoes and Traces concert at Glasgow Cathedral featuring new works from Sally Beamish, Aidan O’Rourke, Matthew Whiteside, Allie Robertson and more. Attendees at the NMS Day are offered ‘Pay What You Can’ tickets for the concert. To take advantage of this fantastic offer, please email nicola@newmusicscotland.co.uk to reserve your tickets (payable in cash on the door). If you would like to pay the regular price, tickets are available online at £10-£15.

The NMS day itself is free for all to attend, but places must be booked. To reserve your place, book here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nms-networking-and-discussion-day-tickets-26461435867.
Schedule for the day:

10.30am-11am – Coffee and Tea on arrival

11am – 12pm – AGM – all are welcome at this, but only members can vote. You can become a member on the day!

12pm-1pm – PANEL DISCUSSION: Working in Europe post-Brexit – what are the implications for funding and free movement of artists and how should we best prepare?

1pm-2.30pm – Networking Lunch

2.30pm-4pm – PANEL DISCUSSION: Making a Living from New Music

4pm: ENDS

7.30pm: Echoes and Traces at Glasgow Cathedral

If you have any problems with the eventbrite link or have any questions, please do not hesitate in emailing nicola@newmusicscotland.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Cumnock Tryst – Festival Assistant

April 17, 2016 in All Opportunities, Opportunity, Other Opportunity by mwhiteside

For a few autumn days the East Ayrshire town of Cumnock becomes a meeting place for music. Founded by composer Sir James MacMillan, The Cumnock Tryst brings some of the world’s greatest musicians into local venues in and around Cumnock, with the community at the heart of all of its activities.

Now in its third year the 2016 festival will run 29 Sept – 2 Oct.

The Cumnock Tryst would like to recruit a Festival Assistant to be involved with this exciting and growing festival. If you are interested in festivals and music then these four days will be filled with fantastic events, that you will get the chance to experience and be a part of.

For more information see here: Festival Assistant job advert 2016


Banff Fellowship Residency for Scottish Artists

April 14, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

This residency program is for up to four Scottish artists in any discipline (including but not limited to visual and performing arts, music, photography, film, new media and writing) who wish to explore any aspect of Banff’s unique environment, its environmental history and culture; and who wish to use the opportunity to advance their practice and career.

What does it offer?

The residency will take place during October and November 2016, in order to coincide with the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival (part of the award includes all access passes to the Festival) and the Mountain Adventure Writing Program.  Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with local historians and research within the extensive archives of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, and to collaborate and create with other artists on campus.

The four artists will create in the Leighton Artists’ Colony, which is located in a secluded, wooded area on The Banff Centre’s 43-acre campus, providing an ideal space for creativity and intense productivity. This residency offers artists the ability to work independently, as well as to engage within the larger artistic community of The Banff Centre with advice, support, expertise and access to sites appropriate to the resident and the project. The successful artists will also be able to work collaboratively should they wish.

Who should apply?

Artists of any discipline are eligible to apply, including visual and performing arts, music, photography, film, new media and writing.  Applicants can be of any age and at any career stage, but must demonstrate exceptional talent, and a strongly focused interest in the mountain and environmental theme provided by this opportunity. Artists must be working residing in Scotland to quality for this residency.

See more at: https://www.banffcentre.ca/programs/banff-fellowship-residency-scottish-artists#sthash.eupct51V.dpuf

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