Open Call for Residencies in 2017

December 13, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

Wysing Polyphonic
During 2017 Wysing will be exploring ‘many voices’ across all our programmes under the over-arching title Wysing Polyphonic.

Through residencies, exhibitions, events, study weeks and study days, we will work with a range of artists to explore a diversity of contexts and positions to help better understand the role of art, artists, and arts organisations such as Wysing, at this moment of global political change.

Throughout 2017 we will provide both a platform for many voices, in particular those that have the potential to be over-looked in the current political rhetoric, alongside a range of ways that those voices can be heard. Building on a number of events during 2016 that explored alternative sites for community and activism, we will be seeking to work with artists whose work, or whose networks, empower and support diverse communities of interest. We will also be further exploring the role of radio, broadcasting, sound and listening.

Other Developments in 2017
The exhibition All Channels Open will launch the Wysing Polyphonic programme and will bring together artists who were in-residence during 2016 through a synchronised arrangement of projectors, monitors, objects and surround sound in Wysing’s gallery.

In early 2017 we be will launching our first vinyl record on our new label, also entitled Wysing Polyphonic, by the band Ectopia who are artists Jack Brennan, Adam Christensen and Vicki Stieri.

Further expanding on the theme of many voices, Wysing’s annual music festival, which returns to early September 2017, will be programmed for the first time by a range of invited international collectives and contributors.

And we are excited to have been awarded funding by the Foyle Foundation to build a recording studio at Wysing in the summer of 2017. The studio will allow us to commission new works for recording and broadcasting as well as being a resource for artists and musicians.

Through this Open Call we are inviting artists, musicians and writers to apply to be in-residence within the Wysing Polyphonic context. We are particularly looking for artists who can bring a range of cultural, social, racial and gender perspectives to the programme, and who will enjoy participating in events as part of our public programme.

The amount of funding we have for residencies is £4,000 for each artist, to cover: an artist’s fee, materials and travel, plus free on-site accommodation during the period and a free studio.

There will be three residency periods:

20 March – 14 May 2017
3 July – 20 August 2017
16 October – 10 December 2017

Please read the following guidelines before making an application.

Profile of Artists
We are particularly looking for artists, musicians and writers who can bring a range of cultural, social, racial and gender perspectives to the programme, and who will enjoy participating in events as part of our public programme

To Apply
Applications are made online via Submittable. Once you have set up an account you are able to return to your application any time up until the deadline which is midnight on Monday 16 January 2017. It is recommended that you apply with enough time to approach us with any questions or queries in using the Submittable website. We are not able to accept applications after the deadline.

You will need to provide:
A statement on your work, why you are interested in Wysing Polyphonic 2017 and what you can bring to the programme (max 1,000 words).
Six images of your work, or other relevant material.
A current CV.

We are happy to accept applications that have been recorded onto video and uploaded onto Submittable, instead of written applications.

We are able to provide a range of workspace and accommodation and if you have any access or other needs that you wish to discuss with us before applying, please contact us on 01954 718881.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 16 January 2017.

To apply you will need to set up a profile on Submittable, click here.

MUME 2017 – Call for Participation

December 12, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, electroacoustic, Performers by mwhiteside

((( MUME 2017 )))
5th International Workshop on Musical Metacreation
June 19-20, 2017, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA.

MUME 2017 is to be held at Georgia Institute of Technology in conjunction with the Eighth International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2017.

=== Important Dates ===
Workshop submission deadline: March 10, 2017
Notification date: April 20th, 2017
Camera-ready version: April 28th, 2017
Workshop dates: June 19-20, 2017

We are excited to announce the 5th International Workshop on Musical Metacreation (MUME 2017) to be held June 19-20, 2017, in conjunction with the Eighth International Conference on Computational Creativity, ICCC 2017.

Metacreation involves using tools and techniques from artificial intelligence, artificial life, and machine learning, themselves often inspired by cognitive and life sciences, for creative tasks. Musical Metacreation explores the design and use of these tools for music making: discovery and exploration of novel musical styles and content, collaboration between human performers and creative software “partners”, and design of systems in gaming and entertainment that dynamically generate or modify music.

MUME aims to bring together artists, practitioners, and researchers interested in developing systems that autonomously (or interactively) recognize, learn, represent, compose, generate, complete, accompany, or interpret music. As such, we welcome contributions to the theory or practice of generative music systems and their applications in new media, digital art, and entertainment at large.

We encourage paper and demo submissions on MUME-related topics, including the following:
— Models, Representation and Algorithms for MUME
—- Novel representations of musical information
—- Advances or applications of AI, machine learning, and statistical techniques for generative music
—- Advances of A-Life, evolutionary computing or agent and multi-agent based systems for generative music
—- Computational models of human musical creativity
— Systems and Applications of MUME
—- Systems for autonomous or interactive music composition
—- Systems for automatic generation of expressive musical interpretation
—- Systems for learning or modeling music style and structure
—- Systems for intelligently remixing or recombining musical material
—- Online musical systems (i.e. systems with a real-time element)
—- Adaptive and generative music in video games
—- Generative systems in sound synthesis, or automatic synthesizer design
—- Techniques and systems for supporting human musical creativity
—- Emerging musical styles and approaches to music production and performance involving the use of AI systems
—- Applications of musical metacreation for digital entertainment: sound design, soundtracks, interactive art, etc.
— Evaluation of MUME
—- Methodologies for qualitative or quantitative evaluation of MUME systems
—- Studies reporting on the evaluation of MUME
—- Socio-economical Impact of MUME
—- Philosophical implication of MUME
—- Authorship and legal implications of MUME

Submission Format and Requirements
Please make submissions via the EasyChair system at:

The workshop is a day and a half event that includes:
-Presentations of FULL TECHNICAL PAPERS (8 pages maximum)
-Presentations of POSITION PAPERS and WORK-IN-PROGRESS PAPERS (5 pages maximum)
-Presentations of DEMONSTRATIONS (3 pages maximum) which present outputs of systems (working live or offline).

All papers should be submitted as complete works. Demo systems should be tested and working by the time of submission, rather than be speculative. We encourage audio and video material to accompany and illustrate the papers (especially for demos). We ask that authors arrange for their web hosting of audio and video files, and give URL links to all such files within the text of the submitted paper.

Submissions do not have to be anonymized, as we use single-blind reviewing. Each submission will be reviewed by at least three program committee members.

Workshop papers will be published as MUME 2017 Proceedings and will be archived with an ISBN number. Please use the updated MuMe paper template to format your paper. Also please feel free to edit the licence entry (at the bottom left of the first page of the new template). We created a new MUME 2017 template based on AAAI template. The MUME 2017 latex and Word template is available at:

Submission should be uploaded using MUME 2017 EasyChair portal:

For complete details on attendance, submissions and formatting, please visit the workshop website:

Presentation and Multimedia Equipment:
We will provide a video projection system as well as a stereo audio system for use by presenters at the venue. Additional equipment required for presentations and demonstrations should be supplied by the presenters. Contact the Workshop Chair to discuss any special equipment and setup needs/concerns.

It is expected that at least one author of each accepted submission will attend the workshop to present their contribution. We also welcome those who would like to attend the workshop without presenting. Workshop registration will be available through the ICCC 2017 conference system.

Questions & Requests
Please direct any inquiries/suggestions/special requests to the Workshop Chair, Philippe Pasquier (

‘Go for Silver’, ‘Go for Bronze’ and ‘Go for Gold’ Musicianship Training

December 10, 2016 in All Opportunities, Performers by mwhiteside

‘Inspiring Music Education through Singing – Go for Silver’
26th February 2017, 10:00 – 16:00
St John’s RC Academy, Perth PH1 5BF

NYCoS has developed its own musicianship programme – ‘Go for Bronze’, ‘Go for Silver’ and ‘Go for Gold’, which is designed for use in schools and choirs by children from 7 upwards. The series provides guidance for adults teaching musicianship skills to young singers in schools, choirs and other settings.

These workshops are aimed at those who are already following the NYCoS ‘Go for Bronze’ musicianship programme, and will introduce new games and concepts, including new diatonic pitches. This will be a hands on, activity packed day, sure to give you lots of ideas to take away and use.

Comments from previous training days:
“Actually doing the activities really helped to see how they would work.”
“As ever, non threatening, fun and very useful.”

Delivered by Lucinda Geoghegan, NYCoS Education Director.

Location: Perth and Kinross

For further information, please contact (Carole Allen), or call 0141 287 2880, or visit

The deadline is Friday 24 February 2017 at 12:00.

OPEN CALL: Japan Performing Arts Scoping Trip

December 10, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

Creative Scotland and British Council are organising a scoping visit to Japan/TPAM – Performing Arts Meeting Yokohama (and the Yokohama Dance Collection) bringing producers and facilitators from the performing arts sector to refresh and foster existing and new connections between Scotland and Japan.

The delegation will be formed of up to 8 Scottish delegates and the visit will take place from 11th to 19th February 2017 (travel dates will be confirmed in the offer letter).

The Partnership between British Council and Creative Scotland aims to catalyse relationships which can take a long-term approach and provide a framework seeking to build on existing collaborations, providing scope for new opportunities between Scottish and Japanese artists, arts professionals and arts organisations; where collaborations can flourish and sustainable networks are formed.

Deadline for expressions of interest:
30th December 2016

For more information goto:

Location: All Scotland ,International

For further information, please contact or visit

The deadline is Friday 30 December 2016 at 17:00.

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA July 17 – Aug 6, 2017

November 28, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Other Opportunity, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a three-week residency and musical utopia for innovative composers and performers dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. We will write it. We will perform it. We will think about it and we will talk about it. Composers will have their works performed. Players will perform in ensembles sitting alongside their teachers. There are daily recitals in the museum galleries, and the residency concludes with a six-hour blow-out Marathon Concert featuring performances by the student/faculty ensembles. The program also includes world music workshops, an orchestra of original instruments, technology and music business seminars and more.

Past  participants have said: Bang on a Can has changed my life. I never thought it would be possible to find a community that is devoted to new music with such a high caliber of musicianship, such enthusiasm and mutual supportiveness, and such a sense of joy for everything we do. I know I’ll be looking to recreate this feeling in my future collaborations, always.

Bang on a Can is really everything I want the music world to be — inclusive, engaging, innovative, fun, thought-provoking, beautiful, challenging, and rewarding. The festival brings all of that and more directly into focus, and it has made all the difference in the word to have been a part of it.

The faculty will be drawn from among the most innovative musicians of our time from ensembles including Bang on a Can All-Stars, eighth blackbird, California EARUnit and more:  Gregg August, bass; Ashley Bathgate, cello; Vicky Chow, piano; David Cossin, percussion; Michael Gordon, composition; David Lang, composition; Brad Lubman, conducting; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Vicki Ray, piano; Todd Reynolds, violin; Mark Stewart, guitar; Ken Thomson, saxophone/clarinet; Julia Wolfe, composition; and more special guests!

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is located in the beautiful Berkshire mountains in western Massachusetts. MASS MoCA presents exhibitions and performances by renowned artists and cultural institutions, but it also is a place where the process of creativity is explored.  Bang on a Can is thrilled to work with them in building a bridge between the arts.

sound acts [III]

November 27, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

Call for Performances/Presentations for sound acts 2017

Event dates: 2-4 June 2017
Submission deadline: 22 January 2017

sound acts is an annual get-together, a showcase of creative couplings between music/sound, performance art/gesture and gender/body/activism.

We have already hosted two events in 2015 and 2016 where we aimed to explore various points of conjunction of the above through both theoretical presentations and discussions, as well as musical (or amusical) performances, interventions and installations. The event’s purpose has been twofold: on the one hand it has been an opportunity to establish connections between greek practitioners/theoreticians and the international community and on the other to bring the athenian audience in contact with work that is generally left outside of sound festivals and showcases.

We are delighted to announce a call for participations to our third event, which will take place June 2-4 2017. This year we are focusing on the abject, the marginalised subject and the wounded queer movement. We invite proposals for performances, lectures, performative lectures, workshops and anything in between that relates [but is not limited] to the following:

– black embodiment, resistance, afrofuturism
– the politics of disability
– theories of ‘health’ and well-being and the mechanisms of pathologisation
– fatness: feminisms, hyper/invisibility, excess
– white noise: critical whiteness and the race politics of transmitting and listening
– trauma, pain, the wounded body, the politics of recovery
– trans* narratives, history and futures
– cultural activism and racial politics
– anti-art and overidentification at the crossroads of a dystopian future
– the limits and shortcomings of queer and identity politics
– reframing humanist popular “resistance” in 21st century political apocalypse
– body fluid pleasures: the final frontier
– cultural hybrids against formalist purity
– theories and practice of BDSM cultures
– “whose history?” – going beyond heteronormative/white histories of art and creativity

Please consider that due to the financial limitations of our event, applicants are advised to seek own ways of funding. We could provide invitation letters for institutions and universities.

Submission details: Electronic submissions are preferred via email by the 22nd of January. Abstracts (maximum 500 words) should be sent to including the following information: name/group, institution (when applicable) CV/Bio (max 100 words), format, technical needs and possible costs should you be selected. Online links of work and pictures are not necessary but would be useful. We will let you know if your submission is accepted by February the 10th 2017.

Didsbury Arts Festival – Call for Proposals

November 27, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

Didsbury Arts Festival (DAF) is multi arts festival taking place across Didsbury biennially which celebrates creativity and community. Since 2009 the festival has been bringing the town to life with a rich programme of creativity spanning 10 days. DAF is a volunteer led festival that works with the local community, artists and local businesses to promote increased arts activity in Didsbury.

The next festival will take place 24th June – 2nd July 2017 and we are on the lookout for an eclectic mix of creatives to get involved. We are inviting artists from all backgrounds and disciplines to submit an idea via our open online submissions page. Performances and art works could be presented in a café, shop, church, pub, library, on the street, in the park – or anywhere in between!

Ideas of what we are looking to programme include theatre, live music, pop-up performance, live art, installations, visual art, film and creative workshops.

All details inlcuding how to apply can be found here:

If you have any questions then feel free to contact us on:

Deadline for submissions is 29th January 2017 and we aim to get back to all applicants by 17th February 2017.

Open call for residency in Andalucía, Spain, Post Religion

November 27, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Other Opportunity, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

A multidisciplinary residency for individuals or collectives

We’re offering creative practitioners a space to develop their ideas or projects unhindered. This is the only residency within the municipality of Álora, a pueblo blanco in Andalucía Spain.

Duration: 7 days in Álora, Andalucía Spain

Eligiblitlity: Practitioners any age, from any nation, in the beginning to mid level stages of their career

This residency includes:

-Furnished, clean accommodation, kitchen, bathroom, and roof terrace

-Private work space

-Time and space to contemplate and create

-The human right of high speed wifi

-Tea, coffee, water, wine and/or beer

-Towels, bedding and a final cleaning

-Assistance with the visa process and travel planning (if needed)

-Collection and return to nearby train station and airport

-Assistance on site with your project (if needed)

-One-to-one interdisciplinary mentoring

-Follow up feature story in London based print magazine

-A small stipend to help offset associated costs

-Becoming part of an international community, receiving ongoing support and access to resources

Fee: The application is based on a “pay what you want” model, but please contribute a minimum of £1 (towards processing fees).  We receive no external funding, and have a suggested donation of £10, which goes towards our administrative costs and running the residency.  The amount you donate does not correlate with your chance of being accepted.

Applications for the Spring Residency (February 1st-April 1st 2017), should be submitted by January 10th 2017. 

* There is no theme or fee to participate, but meals and flights are not included (a small stipend is included to help offset some of these costs).

For details on how to apply, please visit:

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.

International Showcase Fund – PRSF/Creative Scotland

November 19, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, funding, Performers by mwhiteside

Creative Scotland and PRS Foundation join forces to increase international showcase opportunities for Scottish artists


The International Showcase Fund offers vital support for artists and bands based in England and Scotland who have been invited to play an international showcasing festival or conference.

The PRS Foundation grant up to £5,000 as a contribution to;

  • Travel
  • Visas
  • Accommodation
  • Per diems (daily expenses)

We grant up to 75% of your trips budget. The remaining 25% should be covered by the artist, label, manager, publisher, etc.

We fund artists and bands to perform at industry facing showcase festivals such as;

  • SXSW
  • CMJ
  • A3C
  • Womex
  • Reeperbahn
  • Folk Alliance International
  • Canadian Music Week
  • …..and more

We recommend artists apply as soon as they have received an official invite from the festival. CLICK HERE to read our guidance to see you could be eligible to apply for our International Showcase Fund.

DEADLINES: Our deadlines are rolling for the International Showcase Fund – you should consider applying once you have received an official invitation to perform at the chosen showcasing festival.


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.

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.

Musician-Composer needed for project with poetry

November 16, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

One MUSICIAN-COMPOSER NEEDED!!I’ve recently set up a project called ‘Out of Place’ which is an opportunity for musicians to compose pieces inspired by original poetry, working with a small group of other composer-musicians with multi-instrumental and vocal abilities. I’ve been working with a group of poets called “The Rest Will Follow” who have sent me over 40 submissions of new works that we can choose from. I have one place left in the ‘band’ and the deadline is looming, so I’m putting out another call.  Please do pass it on as far and wide as you like. For the background of the project, please see Facebook page: Out of Place 2017 @nicolaburnettsmithThanks for your kind attention! Nicola…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Nicola Burnett Smith is URGENTLY looking for submissions from composer-musicians for“OUT OF PLACE 2017 ” ‘Out of Place 2017’ will be an exploration of the many ways to use poetry and words as inspiration for musical composition. This will lead to the creation of unique new pieces for performance in June 2017. I need one more composer-musician who would like to be involved.  BACKGROUNDI have been working as an actor-musician-singer, musical director and composer since 1987. Appearances include the Purcell Rooms, Royal National Theatre, national tours and repertory theatre, plus opera and contemporary music festivals.  For ‘Out of Place 2017’ I’m creating a small team of composer-musicians who will each choose a piece of new writing by the end of November 2016, something that inspires them to create a musical piece. We have received submissions of nearly 40 pieces of writing so far from which to choose. We’ll then embark upon a series of workshops – one a month – as part of a supportive process of composition culminating in a performance of all the pieces in June 2017 at a venue to be announced.  We will form each other’s orchestra in performance: for example, I am a vocalist and also play Bb, bass clarinet, alto and soprano saxophones. With the other composers bringing their own repertoire of vocals and instruments (so far, trumpet, trombone, flute, guitar and vocals) each composed piece will inevitably be very different. If you are interested in being involved, you’d need to have some availability between now and the end of November to come to a meeting to choose your poem and meet the other musicians. Then ideally you’d be able to attend the event where the chosen poems are announced on 6th December 2016 6pm-9pm in Hackney (details below).  After this event, each chosen poet will then be invited to meet at least once with each composer a.s.a.p. at mutual convenience… and the next stage of the creative process will begin. From that point on the level of commitment you give to it is in your hands – apart from the monthly workshop, there are no other fixed commitments until the performances in June 2017.

OUT OF PLACE ‘The Rest Will Follow’ Poetry and Performance Salon invites you to the announcement of the chosen poems for Out of Place 2017 at the Café Z Bar on Tuesday 6th December from 6-9pmCAFE Z BAR 58 Stoke Newington High StreetLondonN16 7PBLondon Overground: Stoke Newington, Rectory Road, Dalston Kingsland73, 149, 243, 76, 67 bus   6pm – registration – £7 entrance fee6.30pm-7.30pm Out of Place – the presentation of the chosen poems7.30pm-8pm Buffet Supper of Turkish Meze8pm-9pm Reading some of the ‘runners-up’ poems    RSVP to reserve your place by 21st November 2016 to Nicola at


November 16, 2016 in All Opportunities, Performers by mwhiteside

Chairman of Adjudicators Gavin Henderson CBE

The competition has four solo awards for Keyboard, Strings, Wind/Brass/Percussion and Singers, the winners of which compete for the Competition Gold Medal and First Prize. The solo awards are open to UK and Commonwealth citizens, including former Commonwealth countries, for instrumentalists and singers up to and including the age of 30 as at 7 June 2017.

There are also major awards for Ensembles A: strings, strings and piano, or piano duo/duet; Ensembles B: wind, percussion, vocal or mixed ensembles. At least half, or the majority of ensemble members must be UK and Commonwealth citizens up to and including the age of 30 as at 7 June 2017. The remaining ensemble members may be of any nationality.

The ROSL offers many performance opportunities to prizewinners after the competition at major venues such as Wigmore Hall in London and has established relationships with many UK festivals including  Brighton, Kings Lynn, Lake District Summer Music, and North Norfolk. ROSL ARTS award-winning series of chamber music concerts at Over-Seas House Edinburgh is a well established fixture of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In recent years ROSL ARTS has organised concerts and tours for prizewinners in Australia, Canada, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe.


Gold Medal and First Prize £10,000

Award for Keyboard £5,000

Award for Strings £5,000

Award for Singers (In memory of Pamela Faulkner) £5,000

Worshipful Company of Dyers Award for Wind and Percussion (In memory of Lady Barbirolli) £5,000

Award for Accompanists £5,000

Ensemble Prize A £10,000

Ensemble Prize B £10,000

In addition to the section awards listed above, the ROSL has a prize fund of up to £15,000 for awards of not less than £1,000 each for non-UK Commonwealth musicians; for particular instruments or repertoire; and for young musicians of exceptional promise.

Gold Medal Scholarship

Following a generous legacy received in memory of Mani Bhumgara, the Gold Medal winner will also receive a generous scholarship (amount tbc), administered and mentored by ROSL Arts, to be spent flexibly on projects which will help support and build their career.

Roderick Lakin Professional Development Award

ROSL are pleased to announce a new professional development award for singers for the 2017 competition. Awarded by Margaret Lakin, in memory of ROSL’s beloved former Director of Arts, Roderick Lakin MBE, singers who progress to the semi-final round will be invited to outline how they would use an award of £2,500 towards their professional development. This award will be administered and mentored by ROSL Arts and could be used towards international lessons and coachings, courses, residencies and any other activities which are considered of benefit.



The 2017 competition is open to citizens of the UK and Commonwealth, including former Commonwealth countries, for instrumentalists and singers up to and including the age of 30 as at 7 June 2017. Deadline for applications: Wednesday 4 January 2017.

For ensembles, at least half the members of a group must be aged 30 or under, and the average age of the group must also be 30 or under.


Accompanists are not provided, but can be recommended. Accompanists may be of any age or nationality; however only those who are citizens of the UK and Commonwealth, including former Commonwealth countries up to and including the age of 30 as at 7 June 2017, will be considered for the accompanists prize.

Competition Rules

The Director of ROSL ARTS’ decision to accept or refuse any entry is final. The decision of the Adjudicating Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The Adjudicators reserve the right to withhold any prize should the required standard not be attained.

Once a competitor has won a prize in the Annual Music Competition, they are not eligible for that prize in a subsequent year. Previous winners of the main solo awards are not eligible to enter the Annual Music Competition as soloists again.

The ROSL Director of Arts reserves the right to allow any stage of the Annual Music Competition to be recorded, broadcast or televised.

Candidates must be available for all relevant audition dates, including Overseas Awards evening on 23 March 2017 for non-UK Commonwealth competitors and the Final Concert at the Cadogan Hall on 7 June 2017.

Once a candidate has been accepted by the Annual Music Competition, alteration to the submitted programme will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

Audition dates

Stage 1 preliminary video rounds
9-13 January

Wind, brass and percussion
Stage 2 Monday 13 February, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday 14 February, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Stage 2 Monday 20 February, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday 21 February, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Stage 2 Monday 27 February, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday 28 February, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Stage 2 Monday 6 March, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday 7 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Ensembles A (strings/keyboard)
Stage 2 Monday 13 March, 6.00 – 9.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday 14 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Ensembles B (wind/mixed)
Stage 2 Monday 20 March, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Stage 3 Tuesday21 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Overseas Awards
Tuesday 23 March, 7.00 – 9.00pm

Final Concert
Wednesday 7 June, 7.00pm

All auditions (including the Overseas Awards) take place at Over-Seas House London, except for the Final Concert, which takes place at Cadogan Hall, London.

Call For Works: The Sleeper Society

November 15, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Performers by mwhiteside

The Sleeper Society is an experimental music event based in Cardiff, Wales. With roots firmly embedded in sound art, audio/visual and electronic music, we showcase the best of the UK’s experimental music scene, and introduce audiences to a curated programme of submitted works from international artists. Our events provide an informative, friendly and informal environment for audiences to discover new artists, and artists to discover new audiences.

We are inviting composers to submit their compositions to be presented at our next event at Chapter Arts Centre on the 23rd January 2017. The event will be based around the themes of identity, ego, self-construct, and individual vs. society, and we ask that all submissions make a connection with this. The criteria for submissions is:

– Fixed media / live performance / installation

– Max. duration of 8 minutes

– Stereo / Quad speaker setup (please also submit a stereo recording)

– Lossless audio format (.wav / .aif @ 44.1kHz)

– Pieces must be created using electronic means

– All works must be completed in time for the event

Please submit your work by emailing a download link to A panel will meet in mid-December to consider submissions and decide on a programme. Your submission must consist of a .zip file containing:

– A recording of the piece (.wav / .aif @ 44.1kHz)

– A short bio (150 words max.)

– A short description of the piece (150 words max.)



The deadline for application is Sunday 11th December 2016, and all submissions download links must remain active until the deadline. Those wishing to perform must provide all of their own performers &  PAT-tested equipment (i.e., instruments, electronic paraphernalia, cabling, etc.). We will provide a quadrophonic PA system, and a baby-grand piano.

We’re unfortunately unable to offer a performance fee, however we can offer up to £50 contribution towards travel expenses for performers.

We can’t wait to hear your work!

Rarescale Summer School

November 10, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

rarescale Summer School for composers and flute players
Monday 31st July – Saturday 5th August 2017
Harlaxton Manor, near Grantham, Lincolnshire

For further information and to book, please contact us

rarescale’s Summer School returns in 2017 in the beautiful venue of Harlaxton Manor, just outside Grantham in Lincolnshire.

Featuring courses for flute players (including the opportunity to specialise on alto or bass flute) and composers, this promises to be an inspiring week with new repertoire, collaborations and the opportunity to work towards individual goals in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Flute Course
Tutors: Carla Rees

This course is aimed at undergraduate level performers and above, and is suitable for students, young professionals and advanced amateur players. Minimum recommended standard ABRSM Grade 8.

  • Learn the techniques of alto and bass flute playing, as well as piccolo and C flute
  • Discussions on specific technical issues, including extended techniques
  • Develop your performance skills
  • Explore solo and ensemble repertoire for all members of the flute family
  • Individual lessons, masterclasses and flute ensembles
  • Opportunities for collaborations with composers and other flute players
  • Introduction to playing music with electronics
  • Opportunity to perform in an end of course concert


NEW FOR 2017: Flute Retreat
An opportunity for a maximum of two advanced students or early career flute players to prepare for a recorded recital during the course in a personally devised programme of study. Opportunities for composer collaborations and individual tuition. Download the Application Form

Composition Taught Course: Electroacoustic and/or acoustic composition
Tutor: Michael Oliva

Suitable for all standards, including those with no prior experience of EAM composition

Both courses are taught together, allowing composers the flexibility to choose their preferred pathway. To an extent, the course content will be tailor made to suit the needs of the participants, but areas which may be covered include:

  • Group classes and individual tuition
  • Compose a piece during the week and perform it in the final concert
  • Potential to collaborate with flute players and other composers

Electroacoustic course:

  • Learn the basics of Electroacoustic composition, or refine your skills
  • Learn field recording techniques, software skills and develop your understanding of EAM compositional techniques
  • Learn techniques of synthesis, sampling and real-time computer transformations in the context of creating new work
  • Explore current approaches to working with computer sound and the performance of electroacoustic music
  • Collecting and working with environmental sound
  • Developing and writing your own interactive performance software with Max/MSP
  • Composers should bring a laptop running a standard sequencer programme (e.g. Cubase, Logic or Performer), headphones and any other items required for their compositional activity.

Acoustic course:

  • Develop your skills in composition, including aspects of structure, instrumentation, harmonic language etc
  • Opportunity to develop specific knowledge of writing for solo flute and/or flute ensemble (including extended techniques) in collaboration with performers
  • Opportunity to explore the basics of electroacoustic composition (optional)
  • Composers should bring a laptop running Sibelius (preferred) or other music notation software, headphones and any other items required for their compositional activity.

Composition retreat
The Composition Retreat offers experienced composers the opportunity to work in the wonderful surroundings of Harlaxton Manor, with support from rarescale course tutors, while maintaining the freedom to work on independent compositional projects.

  • Open to composers of all disciplines
  • Come and enjoy the wonderful surroundings of Harlaxton while working on independent compositional projects
  • Consultations available with rarescale members Carla Rees and Michael Oliva
  • Potential for collaborations with rarescale and participants of the flute course

The composition retreat also offers full flexibility to attend aspects of the taught courses for flutes and composers (space permitting)


Read about the 2015 course here

The course will feature a public concert by rarescale, in addition to a concert by course participants on the final evening.

Dates, Accommodation and Fees
Dates: Monday 31st July to Saturday 5th August (Arrive by 11am on Monday and depart on Saturday after breakfast)

Accommodation is in study bedrooms in the student-style accommodation at Harlaxton Manor. Rooms are allocated on a best available basis and course participants may be asked to share. A surcharge of £75 is payable for anyone wishing to guarantee a single room. All bathroom facilities are shared, and accommodation fees also include all meals. Additional accommodation may be available for the Sunday before the course starts at an additional cost – please ask. If you prefer to stay in one of the local hotels, a non-residential rate is also available.

Full Board Fees: £575 (£475 for students)
Single room guarantee £75 supplement
Non residents £375 (including lunch and dinner)
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking: £275
The remainder of the fees are due by 30th June 2017. All fees are non-refundable after this date, except if the course is cancelled by rarescale.

Bursaries are available to help with course fees: download the application form


For further information, please use the contact form.
Please note that places on all courses are limited, so early booking is advised.

Tinderbox Orchestra Spring Course & Album Launch 2017

November 8, 2016 in All Opportunities, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

Course: 5th Feb to 8th Apr 2017
Auditions: 26th Nov 2016 & 21st Jan 2017
Performance at Queens Hall!

Tinderbox Orchestra are running an exciting 10 week course in the Spring Term 2017, building up to a huge concert at the Queens Hall for the orchestra’s debut album launch on 8th April.

The course is open to young musicians aged 13-25 and around grade 5+ (as a guide) on your instrument. We would love you to get involved and join us on an orchestral journey like no other!

“Rave Culture Meets Last Night of the Proms” The Herald
“An Orchestral Revolution” Edinburgh Evening News
“A Spectacular modern band” The Guardian
**** The Guardian, **** The Scotsman, **** The List,

Who we Are

Tinderbox Orchestra is a fusion of instruments & styles! An orchestra with the approach of a band, we write and perform original compositions and collaborate with exciting and contemporary bands & artists. We love to experiment with ideas, collaborate, and try to do something new and inspiring with an orchestra.

Tinderbox is made up of and led by young people aged 13-25. We rehearse weekly and run various courses working on new ideas & building up to exciting public performances. The members of the orchestra can get involved in all aspects of the band, from composing to conducting, organising concerts and everything else – it’s great fun and everyone is welcome!

The Album

Over the past two years we have been recording our debut album and it is soon to be complete! The project has been an exciting journey across all variety of musical genres and styles, and has brought together over 150 young musicians with local bands, composers and international collaborators. The result is an eclectic, contemporary and high-energy orchestral fusion of music and ideas from Edinburgh and beyond.

We would love you to be a part of it too, helping us to develop and perform the music at the Queens Hall for the album launch. We’re hoping to follow this up with a Scottish tour as well and it’s exciting to see where it all goes. So come and join the fun!

Course Description:

In this 10 week course, we will be working on original music composed and recorded for Tinderbox’s Album, and some exciting collaborations with contemporary local composers and bands, as well as Chinese band Dawanggang (“One of the most oddly compelling albums of the year” The Guardian) and musicians from Croatia and Bosnia from Nigel Osborne’s Balkans Music Camps.

We will also be exploring new ways to improvise with a full orchestra, and attempting a fully improvised piece as part of the performance!

Course Dates and times:

Rehearsals: Sundays from 5th Feb – 2nd Apr 2017, 12 – 4pm.

Note: Two extra rehearsals are scheduled on Sat 1st Apr (daytime) and Thu 6th Apr (evening).

Queens Hall Performance: Sat 8th April 2017

Course fees:

£125 full / £75 concession.


There are 2 audition dates on:

  • Sat 26th Nov 2016
  • Sat 21st Jan 2017

To audition you must be aged 13-25 and around grade 5+ on your instrument (all instruments welcome). It is not necessary to have taken any grades but this is a guide for the general standard of the orchestra.

We run other programmes and courses for younger or less experienced musicians too, and these will feature in the concert as well. You would be very welcome to get involved with these too if you would like to. Visit for more information.


Please contact us at for more info and to book an audition.

More info at

co-incidence, an experimental music residency

November 7, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Other Opportunity, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

*The application is free and DUE DECEMBER 10th*

**This Residency will take place from JANUARY 24th – 30th, 2017**

“co-incidence, an experimental music residency” is a gathering of experimental composer-performers for six days hosted by Non-Event at Washington St. Gallery in Somerville, MA, US (Boston).

Attending will be:

Resident Artist – Michael Pisaro

Six Guest Artists, determined via application

Co-Directors – Luke Martin & Aaron Foster Bresley

Open to the Public

This project is based on an expanded view of what constitutes art, music, and the traditional concert. Following the example of the revolutionary arts community Black Mountain College, it will bring together a group of radical artists operating in the boundary-zones of their practice to take part in a residency curated as ‘social sculpture.’ Reflecting the values of experimental music, co-incidence will be allowed to grow organically, strongly influenced by the artists who attend: the directors simply provide a time, space, and loose framework. There will be encouraged but not required peer-to-peer meetings between artists in lieu of official lessons, the people attending will not be labeled as student or faculty.

The residency is tuition free. Housing and food are not provided (besides a welcome dinner, and all meals on Sunday the 29th). To offset this cost, we are giving a $400 stipend to each guest artist. We estimate housing and food costs to be between $500 and $600. Upon acceptance, we will assist as possible in finding accommodations and providing recommendation letters for grants.

Please see a description of our collaborators, the application, and further details on our website:

If you have any questions, please email us at:

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.

October 25, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, electroacoustic, Performers by mwhiteside

1. Introduction

Currently under construction at Little France in Edinburgh, a major new hospital building will be shared by two distinct acute services, the Department of Clinical Neuroscience (DCN) and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC).

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from creative practitioners based in the UK and Europe for three artist fellowships with the DCN. These will form part of an existing Art and Therapeutic Design (ATD) programme.

The programme framework has been developed in collaboration with both the NHS project team and charitable funders (the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation) led by Ginkgo Projects Ltd.

The aims of the project are 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 fellowships are as follows:

A: Language & Cognition Fellowship
B: Music Fellowship
C: Design Fellowship

The ATD programme is founded on supporting and promoting the experience of patients as they navigate the physical and emotional experience of arrival, waiting, treatment and staying in hospital, as well as the experiences of staff as they make the move to a new working environment.

Construction work is well advanced and completion is planned for the autumn/winter of 2017, with the occupation phase until Spring 2018.

Call for Expressions of Interest
Deadline: 5pm, Wednesday 9th November 2016

More information


October 24, 2016 in All Opportunities, electroacoustic, Performers by mwhiteside

Open Call for Live ActsDeadline December 16th 2016

Medea Electronique announces an open call for live acts for Electric Nights, a festival of live electronic audiovisual performances. This fifth edition of Electric Nights takes place in Athens, Greece on the 31st March and 1st April 2017.We are looking for live acts that cover a wide range of electronic music genres, from noise to techno and everything in between. We are especially interested in audiovisual live acts as well as a huge range of other practices (live coding, analog synthesizer audio and visuals, live patching, networked performances, new interfaces) – any practice that brings new elements to electronic audio or audiovisual performance. We are not looking for and won’t include DJ performances.Live acts should have a duration of between 30 and 45 minutes. All submissions must be made through our on-line form. Email submissions will be ignored. Mind that the setup will be a quadraphonic PA and one projector with a screen behind the performers’ position.

What we can offer

Medea Electronique can offer bed and board for the two days of the festival (31st of March and 1st of April 2017) in Athens, Greece. We cannot cover travel expenses but we are willing to help artists in their search for funding either by providing an invitation letter or by contacting your Embassy, Consulate, or Institute in Athens.Application ProcessTo submit your performance materials for consideration, follow the link below to the on-line form.  For further information email (submissions via email will be ignored, please use the online form).


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

Academy Inégales Weekender

October 15, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers, residencey and summerschool by mwhiteside

This Autumn, Academy Inégales returns for a weekend of musical exploration culminating with a performance alongside Club Inégales soloists Byron Wallen and Hyelim Kim.

Over the 12th & 13th November, we’re welcoming performers, composers & performer-composers of any tradition to collaborate with Peter Wiegold, Martin Butler and other like-minded musicians, playing, composing and improvising to craft a set for the Sunday evening gig.

Participation in the weekend costs £125 and includes an evening meal from our friends at Taste of India and a ticket to the Club Inégales night on Saturday 12th November featuring Byron and Hyelim alongside Notes Inégales.

To apply for a place on the Academy Inégales Weekender, please complete the application here.

Multi Art Form/ Site Responsive Residency

October 9, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

We are seeking applications from Physical Performers, Dancers, Directors, Designers, Musicians, Composers and Circus Performers.

Conflux is inviting applications to participate in a residency on creating a site specific performance. Working with a wide range of arts disciplines, the residency will use the Tall Ship as its inspiration and the results of the residency will be shown on all three levels of the Tall ship as part Surge Festival Club on 2nd December 2016.

The residency will be led by world-class artists;

Overall Direction and Performance director – Hilary Westlake

Musical Direction and Composition – Stephen Deazley

Choreography – George Adams

Design – Alex Rigg

Circus – Aerial Edge

The residency will cover areas in each discipline that include:
Considerations and challenges working on a specific site project
Considerations and challenges involved when mixing multiple art forms
How to create material to a specific brief using multiple art forms
Skills training from professional mentors

Residency dates – Nov 28th to Dec 2nd 10pm – 6pm. Showing – Dec 2nd 8pm – 9pm.

Conflux will provide a structured residency, additional technical, stage management assistance, a contribution to travel expenses for participants based outside Glasgow and a predefined production budget.

Applicants should have;
Some training or experience in their chosen art form
An interest in site responsive work
An interest in multi art form work
An interest in pursuing a career in their chosen art form

For application details see below…

To Apply;
Please send a CV and short letter of interest (300 words max) to outline your interest and suitability for this residency to by Sunday 23rd October 17.00. Please state on your application which art form you wish to concentrate on. You may include a single link to media of your most fitting work for the area applied for. If you would like to be considered for more than one, for example dance and physical performer or musician and composer please make this clear on your application.

Proposals should be sent, in one document, to by 14th October 2016, 5.00pm If you have any questions about the application please contact Alan Richardson on 0141 559 4926

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact (Alan Richardson), or call 0141 559 4926, or visit

The deadline is Friday 14 October 2016 at 17:00.

Made in Scotland – Now open

October 5, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

Made in Scotland, a curated showcase promoting high-quality music, theatre and dance to international promoters and audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, is now accepting applications.  The purpose of the Programme is to raise the international profile of Scottish artists through the promotion of Scottish work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and this fund supports the Made in Scotland Showcase as well as Onward International Touring.  Made in Scotland is a partnership between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the Federation of Scottish Theatre, the Scottish Music Centre and Creative Scotland, and is supported through the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund.

Guidelines for the fund can be found here:

Key dates to note:

·         Applications for Made in Scotland Showcase funding should be submitted by email by Monday 21 November 2016

·         The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Creative Scotland will be running information sessions for potential applicants on the following dates:
·         Thursday 6 October 2016, 2-4pm – Scottish Music Centre, Glasgow
·         Thursday 13 October, 2016, 11am-1pm – Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

·         Telephone Information sessions can also be arranged. If you require further information on Made in Scotland or to book a place at one of the information sessions or a telephone session please contact the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society by emailing:

Yvar Mikhashoff Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project

October 1, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers, Performers by mwhiteside

Deadline: Tue 15 Nov 2016 – 06:00

The Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music is pleased to announce the guidelines for the tenth annual international competition for pianist/composer collaborations. The goal of the competition is to encourage the composition and performance of new works for solo piano reflecting and continuing the legacy of the distinguished American pianist, Yvar Mikhashoff (1941-1993). The winning composer and pianist, who apply together as a team, will receive $3,000 (USD) each. The composer will write a new piece for piano solo, with or without electronics; this work will then be premiered by the pianist between January and September 2018. The competition is limited to applicants, both pianists and composers, born on or after January 1, 1982.

Who may apply

A team comprised of a pianist and composer apply jointly.

Both members of the team must have been born on or after January 1, 1982.
Pianists who are composers may not apply to commission themselves.
Pianists may not apply to commission a work that is already in-progress or has been publicly presented either in part or whole.
Both pianists and composers may appear on only one application per cycle.
Previous awardees of the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust who meet the above qualifications are eligible to apply.
Previous first-prize winners of the Commissioning Project are ineligible to apply.
Previous applicants may apply with the same or different partners.

Questions by email only to Amy Williams, Competition Coordinator (

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,
Visit 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.

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