Music Composition as Interdisciplinary Practice: call for project proposals

November 10, 2015 in All Opportunities, Composers, Conference, Other Opportunity, Performers by mwhiteside

Music Composition as Interdisciplinary Practice is an AHRC-funded research network. Recently established, It consists of practitioners and scholars interested in how the practice of music composition intersects with other practices and disciplines inside and outside the arts. We are looking for exciting proposals for interdisciplinary projects of which music composition (broadly defined) forms a part. Proposals need not come from composers and may involve individuals or collaborators. Three successful proposals will be programmed in a one-day festival of interdisciplinary work held at the state of the art Ivy Arts Centre on the University of Surrey’s campus in Guildford on December 7th 2016.


Successful applicants will become part of the network and each receive £500 towards the costs of developing their projects. To involve the selected artists as fully as possible in the network we can provide assistance towards the costs of travel and accommodation, as well as a registration fee waiver, to attend the symposium at York University on 28th-29th June 2016 that forms the centrepiece of our activities. We will also fund travel to attend the festival in Guildford. Because of budget limitations we are only able to accept proposals from UK-based artists.


Because the network has been set up to explore interdisciplinarity itself the artists selected must undertake to document the process of developing their projects and to disseminate this via the network website. The precise nature of this documentation is negotiable with the network organisers. Our objective is to provide data about different kinds of artistic interdisciplinarity and the creative processes that such work involves. Selected artists will have the opportunity to contribute the insights from their work to a journal special edition to be compiled after the network has concluded; we hope Contemporary Music Review will agree to host this.


How to apply


If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity please submit the following information by Monday 29th February 2016:


  •  A CV or biography that provides a clear indication of your track record as an artist
  •  Links to examples of your work e.g. on Soundcloud, Vimeo, YouTube, etc
  •  A one-page proposal that explains your project clearly and concisely, shows how it is interdisciplinary, suggests how it may contribute to understanding artistic interdisciplinarity and lists any collaborators




You should have completed undergraduate study or have equivalent professional experience, you should be based in the UK, you should be free to attend the festival on 7th December 2016 and, ideally, the symposium in York on 28th-29th June 2016.


Proposals should be emailed to the Principal Investigator, Tom Armstrong, at


Successful applicants will be notified by 18th April 2016.