New Music Scotland – Job Advert

May 21, 2020 in All Opportunities, featured, Opportunity by mwhiteside

Project Manager
0.5FTE, one year initial post with opportunity to extend
Salary: £35,000 pro rata
We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Project Manager to join our small team to work with the board in the ongoing development of New Music Scotland.
New Music Scotland is a network of artists, ensembles, orchestras, composers, creators, music educators, sound artists, musicians, producers, promoters and anyone who believes in the importance and value of creating new music in Scotland. We exist to connect, enable and support makers of innovative and experimental new music and our members help drive how we do that.
You will work with the board and digital officer to deliver a programme of activity focusing on networking and communication, training and resources, research and development, and profile and visibility. You will also be responsible for the day to day running on the organisation including fundraising, budgeting and marketing.
We are looking for a dynamic professional with a background in the arts sector, preferably in new music, with proven administrative, project-management and organisational skills. You will be a strong communicator, with experience in networking, and will be a self-motivated, flexible and creative individual, capable of working on their own initiative but in close coordination with the Board and other members, with the ability to work from home.
Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to,
Closing date for applications: Friday 12th June 2020 at 12 noon.
For further information, please contact,

Peer to Peer residency for early career creator/promoter

January 22, 2020 in All Opportunities, Composers, featured, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside



13-15 March 2020



Greenlaw, Scottish Borders



A 2-day professional development opportunity for emerging creator/promoters who are embarking on a career writing and promoting – both their own work and the work of others. Open to Scotland based creators who are at the early stage of their career (post training and study) finding a way to create and to get new music heard by new audiences.

Working in new music can often be isolating, with few opportunities for interaction with other creators or promoters or for continuing professional development. The aim of this course is to give creators 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 Judith Serota
  • One-to-one skills and ideas sharing sessions
  • Group discussion and problem solving

NMS is aware that some creator/promoters may have genuine concerns about sharing their ideas with others, for fear of them being misappropriated. While all participants should know in advance that some degree of sharing is key to gaining as much as possible from the workshops, it is also understood that there is some need for privacy and you will not be asked to discuss anything that you would prefer to keep private.

This weekend will be facilitated by Andy Saunders with support from Judith Serota. (Biogs at end of call out)


The course will be open to a maximum of 8 creators, who will be chosen by application. The course is open to creators who are at the early stage of their career, who have some track record in creating and promoting, but are very much still in those early stages. Participants will be selected based upon their shared needs and stage of career: it is hoped that participants will be at a similar level to maximise their opportunities for sharing experiences and learning. All applicants must be Scotland-based.



All residential costs (accommodation and meals) will be covered by New Music Scotland. Participants are only required to pay an attendance fee of £50 for members/£70 for non-members and cover their own travel expenses to and from the venue. There may be options for car sharing which will be arranged once participants are known.

How to Apply

Please send a current CV and cover letter explaining why you would like to take part and naming specific things that you would like to discuss and have help with over the course of the workshops. Email these to Nicola Henderson, NMS Network Coordinator no later than 5pm on Friday 21st February.


Sally Groves was, until June 2014, Creative Director London with Schott Music.

She has always played an active role in British musical life, serving as a Board member with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Royal Northern College of Music, of which she is an Honorary Member, and the Music Publishers Association, which awarded her their Gold Medal in 2014.

Sally now chairs the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, Opera Ventures and the Music Libraries Trust,  serves on the RVW Trust and the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, and is a trustee of the Nash Ensemble, Listenpony!, Riot Ensemble, ORA and UPROAR.

Sally was given the Lesley Boosey Award, honouring champions of new music, in April 2013.   In July 2015 she was awarded an MBE for services to music. In 2016 Sally was given the ABO and IAMA Awards.

Born in Dundee, Andy Saunders grew up in Staffordshire where he began horn lessons as an excuse to miss science lessons! He studied Music at York University before moving back north to Glasgow to complete his Masters degree at the RSAMD with Hugh Potts. Soon after graduating, he was appointed as principal horn of the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since returning to Glasgow, he plays regularly with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Scottish Opera and Rednote Ensemble. As a soloist he has performed most of the standard repertoire concertos for the instrument in venues ranging from muddy fields to concert halls and churches.

As well as having founded and run The Cottier Chamber Project, Andy is also the horn player for host ensemble Daniel’s Beard and is the Performance Consultant for the University of Glasgow’s music department.

Keychange launches open call to find 74 innovative women & gender minority artists & innovators to take part in year-long programme

October 7, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity by mwhiteside

Keychange has today launched an open call to find the next cohort of participants who will take part in an impactful capacity building and talent development programme throughout 2020 – so please help us to spread the word!

Applications are now open to artists (writing & performing their own music) and industry professionals (working in music) in Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

Keychange is looking for 37 innovative, emerging artists, with a distinctive and original talent who write/perform their own music, and are ready to export to new international territories. As well as the comprehensive training programme, artists will get the opportunity to showcase at one of the 13 festival partners. Mixed gender groups are welcome to apply for showcasing, with the woman or gender minority member taking part as a Keychange participant.

37 industry professionals will also be recruited, who must be pushing the boundaries of music industry practice, demonstrating an interest in new business models and innovative ways of working with growing professional track record.

Each successful applicant will get a bursary and a programme of stimulating activity facilitated and overseen by the new project management team. Partners in all 12 countries will select the 74 participants at a selection panel taking place in London in December.

Keychange Participants will get:
– To join the full Keychange network meet-up in Stockholm in February 2020
– Showcasing or participation at one of our 13 festival partners
– Participation in full network meet-up at Reeperbahn Festival in September
– Mentoring via SheSaidSo
– For artist applicants: performance at one of our 13 festival partners
– Promotion via the Keychange database
– Capacity building with a bespoke training programme

APPLY NOW! The deadline is 6pm GMT on Wednesday 30th October!

Each country has local partners and slightly different criteria, before you apply you must read the full criteria / guidance here:

Heriot-Watt University – Composer Competition

September 14, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity by mwhiteside

An invitation to write an ensemble piece open to all un-published composers in SCOTLAND. No age limit.

The piece is to be written for the group, ‘Inchcolm New Music Ensemble’, based at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. The INME has a policy of commissioning composers to write for a flexible ensemble. We have premiered over 50 new works in the last 20 years.

The composition starting point [inspiration] shall be the Celtic plainchant composed and sung on Inchcolm, an Island in the river Forth near Edinburgh where hundreds of years ago, Augustinian monks lived and worshiped in the Abbey.

The composition should have a duration of around ten minutes, and be written for any combination of orchestral instruments [not keyboard]. Pieces must be written with flexibility of instrumentation in mind as the group that will perform the piece could be formed of any combination of voices and instruments.

The instrumental parts must be written as part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Parts one and two written in the treble clef for instruments such as flute, violin and oboe. Part three in the treble or alto clef for instruments such as viola, clarinet or horn. Parts four and five written in the bass clef for instruments such as bassoon, cello or double bass.

Please take into consideration that the standard of the ‘Inchcolm New Music Ensemble’, although amateur, is high.

1st Prize £500

Deadline for submissions: 1st December 2019

For further information and sample plainchant music, please contact:

Dr. Steve King
Director of Music at Heriot Watt University

Trustee Advert 2019

August 27, 2019 in All Opportunities, featured, Opportunity, Other Opportunity by mwhiteside

Would you like to be part of shaping how new music is supported and championed in Scotland?

New Music Scotland is a network of artists, ensembles, orchestras, composers, creators, music educators, sound artists, musicians, producers, promoters and anyone who believes in the importance and value of creating new music in Scotland. We exist to connect, enable and support makers of innovative and experimental new music and our members help drive how we do that.

We believe that new music comes from many different cultural traditions and musical practices; what brings us all together is our passion for and belief in the intrinsic value of new music creation for individuals and society as a whole.

Job Description

This is an exciting time to join us and contribute to shaping a bold and inclusive new strategy to support new music makers, performers and promoters to thrive and prosper. We are seeking people who are prepared to work with us to champion new music in Scotland by helping NMS to achieve its vision and objectives.

As a trustee of NMS you will have the opportunity to provide leadership and direction, working with a team to make the decisions that really matter. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about new and innovative music, are strategic thinkers and confident networkers with strong advocacy skills; a willingness to speak your mind and ability to work effectively as part of a team and take decisions on behalf of the organisation.

We would particularly, but not exclusively, welcome applications from people with experience in any of the following areas:

Accounting (in the charity sector)                      Law (media, copyright, HR, charity and/or contract)

Marketing/PR (specifically for new music)         HR (public sector experience)

Risk management (public sector experience)   Fundraising (specifically for new music)


This role is unremunerated although reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.  There are four Board meetings per year plus one development day and a minimum commitment of eight days per annum is required. Meetings usually take place within the central belt, but attendance via Skype is always an option. In addition to Board meetings other contact by email or telephone may be necessary.

Candidates will need to share our deep commitment to the support and development of new and innovative music in Scotland. If you would like to join us in building a vibrant and thriving new music sector and can devote approximately half a day per month in a voluntary capacity, please contact Nicola Henderson ( for more information.


NMS Vision

NMS was set up to help generate a vibrant and thriving new music sector, which will contribute to making Scotland an international leader in contemporary creative music practice. It exists to connect, enable and support makers of innovative and experimental new music:  musicians, sound artists, composers, promoters and producers in Scotland. NMS will create and maintain a supportive environment for innovation.

Its aims are as follows:To bring together makers who are either wholly or partially engaged in creating/performing new and innovative music and sound, and promoting organisations;

  • To establish and maintain communication mechanisms for new music in Scotland;
  • To encourage and facilitate collaboration with other art-forms and sectors;
  • To provide a supportive environment for innovation in music and sound;
  • To actively campaign for the commissioning and programming of new music;
  • To increase the awareness and profile of new music in Scotland, both nationally and internationally;
  • To explore and disseminate new ways of developing audiences for new music.

Duties of the Trustees

The role of the Board, in its simplest form, is to act in the interests of the organisation and its members and to ensure that the organisation acts in a manner which is in accordance with its purposes.

The duties of a trustee board member are to:

  • Ensure that NMS complies with its governing document (constitution), charity law and any other relevant legislation.
  • Ensure that NMS pursues its objects as defined in its governing document.
  • Ensure that NMS applies its resources in pursuance of its objects i.e. not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, however worthwhile they may be.
  • Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees role in giving strategic direction, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets, and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • Safeguard the good name and values of NMS
  • Ensure the financial stability of NMS
  • (protect and manage the property of the organisation and to) ensure the proper investment of the organisations funds.
  • (if the organisation employs staff, to appoint the Chief Executive Officer and monitor his or her performance or to monitor the performance of other staff managed by the board or board members).

In addition to the above statutory duties each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have, to help the board of trustees make sound decisions.

The ability to apply the principles and practice of corporate governance and an understanding of the role of non-executive directors is also essential.

Each trustee must have:

  • A strong and visible passion and commitment to the aims of NMS and its strategic objectives and cause
  • Experience of working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong networking capability
  • A balance of tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise
  • Good, independent judgement
  • An ability to think creatively
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort

Writing for Percussion Composition Course

June 21, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, featured, Opportunity, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

sound and International Percussion Institute present:

Writing for Percussion

Tuesday 6 August – Wednesday 7 August 2019


for young composers based in Scotland

Cost: £40


International Percussion Institute (IPI) is an annual seminar for percussionists taking place in Aberdeen, Scotland. This year, the IPI will also feature an inaugural composition course for young composers based in Scotland aged 17 to 26 on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August, in partnership with sound. The theme for the course is writing for percussion.


The course, led by leading composer Joe Duddell, will consist of demonstrations, workshops, and a chance to collaborate with IPI participants. Over the 2 days, composers will create a short piece for percussion which will be performed at a sharing session.


The aim of the course is to give composers an opportunity to improve technical skills in contemporary composition for the percussion as well as developing general compositional ideas.



How to Apply

Please send the following information by email to

  • some information about yourself (biography/CV including your date of birth);
  • a short paragraph detailing your motivation for taking part;
  • a couple of examples of pieces you have already written (either score or recording).

The deadline for applications is 15 July 2019.


It costs £40 to participate. Participants are responsible for organizing their own travel and accommodation if not based in Aberdeen.


We will let you know if you have been selected for the composition course by 19th July 2019.


If you have any questions or need further information please contact or phone 01330 826526.

The Night With… Call for Scores

June 17, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, featured, Opportunity by mwhiteside

St Andrews Call for Scores (two prizes of £500)

June 5, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity by mwhiteside

To celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table, the European Chemical Society has developed a new version of the Periodic Table. The St Andrews New Music Ensemble in collaboration with Emeritus Professor David Cole-Hamilton are offering two prizes of £500 each to commission two composers to write a 5-6 minute work, or several shorter pieces totalling 5-6 mins based on a key message of the new periodic table. Composers of any age and nationality are invited to apply to receive one of the two commissions.

Instrumentation: flute, violin, trumpet, horn, bassoon and electronics (optional). Composers may use all five instruments, but no fewer than three. Any electronic parts should have patches provided.

Closing date: 14 June, 2019

Winning composers announced and commissioned: 28 June, 2019

Performance of new compositions: 5 October, 2019 (Byre Theatre, St Andrews). The performance will be integrated into a lecture by David Cole-Hamilton about the new Periodic Table.

Application requirements:

– CV and biography

– A score and recording of an existing composition

– A 150-200 word description of how you plan to musically elucidate or illustrate one or more of the key messages (below) from Professor David Cole-Hamilton in the commission.

Applicants should send the above to

See for more details.

The Night With… Advertisement for Board Members

April 3, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

The Night With… is seeking to recruit two new board members with the capacity and skills to oversee the development of the charity. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with legal and/or HR skills, experience of international touring and record labels; and from those with a strong interest in contemporary classical music. The Night With… actively encourages applications from people who identify as female, LGTBQIA+, working-class, people with disabilities and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. We’re also interested in hearing from people who work outside Scotland. We are keen to hear from people with all levels of experience. If you have not acted as a trustee before and would like to find out more about what the role would entail, please contact The Night With…’s Chair Carol Main on Board members are expected to attend four board meetings per year, and to participate in the life of the organisation between board meetings, attending performances, advising staff members and acting as an ambassador for The Night With… The roles are unpaid voluntary positions. Travel expenses can be arranged. Most meetings will take place in Glasgow or Edinburgh.


About The Night With…

Begun in 2016 by composer Matthew Whiteside, The Night With… is a salon style series based in Glasgow presenting interesting contemporary classical music in intimate, informal venues away from traditional concert halls.


Since 2016 there has been 18 concerts with 14 world premières in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen with 624 audience members attending in total. Performers have included performers drawn from Scotland and further afield including Red Note Ensemble, Juice Vocal Trio, James Turnbull, Wooden Elephant, Joanna Nicholson, Frances Cooper and Carla Rees. Premièred composers have included Claire McCue, George Stevenson, Diana Salazar, Emily Doolittle, Timothy Cooper, Matthew Whiteside and Samuel Beagles.

2017 was the first The Night With… Call for Scores for self-defined emerging composers with no age limit. The scores were submitted and judged under a pseudonym, to prevent any bias, with five being selected for workshop and one being selected for première in the concerts. In 2017 the call for scores was for the Aurea Quartet (string quartet) and received 61 entries from 9 countries and Juice Vocal Ensemble (female vocal trio) received 42 entries from 15 counties.

In October 2018 The Night With… was founded as a Scottish Incorporated Organisation with a board consisting of Carol Main (chair), Andy Saunders (secretary), Matthew Whiteside (CEO & Artistic Director) and Nicholas Bone. We are in the process of launching the 2019 season.



About the Role

We recognise that different candidates will bring different skills and experience to the board, and would encourage anyone to apply who meets some of the criteria below.


  • General Commitment to supporting the mission and objectives of The Night With…
  • Willingness to act as an ambassador for The Night With…
  • Genuine passion and interest in the work The Night With… undertakes


Skills & Experience

  • Knowledge of charitable governance structures
  • Ability to review and interrogate financial reports
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Risk management skills
  • Passion and knowledge about classical music
  • Experience working within the arts


How to Apply

Please send an short cover letter outlining your interest in the position and a CV to our CEO & Artistic Director, Matthew Whiteside, Please send expressions of interest by 20th May

Find out more about The Night With…


The Night With… Ambassadors

April 3, 2019 in All Opportunities, Composers, Opportunity, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

For the last three years The Night With… has been presenting interesting new classical music in pubs, clubs and art galleries. The 2019 season is our biggest yet and we need your help.


The Night With… ( is looking for students to form teams of The Night With… (TNW) Ambassadors in and around Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Belfast to help spread the word about our concerts.

We are interested in hearing from enthusiastic new listeners or old hands at concerts who are open to hearing new music in a relaxed, informal and different way.


What you get:

  • free tickets to concerts
  • reduced price tickets for other under 30s that you bring + a free drink
  • backstage access to rehearsals
  • an insight into how a concert is run
  • meet composers and musicians in person
  • really interesting music
  • good experience and addition to your CV
  • be the first to find out about TNW 2019 season when launched later this year


We would like you to:

  • spread the word about The Night With… 2019 to under 30s through social media / email / word of mouth
  • come to at least two concerts between August and December
  • bring your friends and encourage others to come
  • write short reviews of concerts that we can post on our website / your relevant platforms (optional)
  • take photos at the event and share on your social media
  • we’d also appreciate your feedback on the concerts (what you liked, what you didn’t like etc)


How to apply :

Send us an email telling us a bit about you, and why you’d like to be an Ambassador for The Night With… .

If you’d like any more details, you can email us too.

Email : Matthew Whiteside (Composer/Artistic Director)

There is no deadline, this opportunity is open until we have enough people.

While you are here sign up to our mailing list to get The Night With… news an opportunities direct to your inbox.

Find out more about The Night With…

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

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

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

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 McGlone), or visit

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 (Thomas Sutherland), or call 01412214458, or visit

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:

And the application form can be accessed here:

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


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

BALANCE-UNBALANCE (BunB – 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:

BunB 2016 – Manizales, Colombia:
BunB 2015 – Arizona, United States:
BunB 2013 – Noosa, Australia:
BunB 2011 – Montreal, Canada:
BunB 2010 – Buenos Aires, Argentina:
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:

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:
Call for music:
Call for demos:
Call for workshops:

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:

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 (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. 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—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:

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 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 Martin), or call +44 20 7871 3525, or visit

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

Location: Edinburgh City

For further information, please contact (Hans Clausen, Lead Artist), or visit

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

Location: Edinburgh City

For further information, please contact (Mark Daniels, Project Curator), or visit

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 (
*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, 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-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



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,
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