Spitalfields Music: Open Call

July 5, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

Open Call is a new initiative from Spitalfields Music to support three music creators in laboratory-style commissions; offering opportunities to challenge compositional practice and explore working in new ways.

We want to work with artists who believe the arts should examine big ideas, creating outstanding new music that is relevant and integral to people’s lives, and challenging perceptions of how music can be created, performed and experienced. We are looking for music creators who have reached a point – anywhere in their career – where they recognise a need for new impetus to stretch their creative practice. We are inviting ideas that respond to one of the following:

  1. Hear my voice: in dialogue with local communities
  2. Towards 10 million Londoners: a changing landscape
  3. Connecting worlds: digital natives and live music

We imagine that the ideas being explored could eventually be presented in a variety of ways: immersive or interactive performance, digital installation, traditional concert setting, walking tours or something else entirely that we haven’t imagined.

Open Call commissions will be presented as ‘work-in-progress’ events at Spitalfields Music Winter Festival (4–11 December 2016) and we will not be expecting a fully formed piece at this stage. These sessions, facilitated by Spitalfields Music, will be an opportunity to share extracts of the work and the creation process alongside an opportunity to make specific asks of the audience to support the next stage of development. Some of the works may be further developed into full length/full scale performances with Spitalfields Music.

Further details about the project can be found in the project brief and application form.


Key dates

Introductory Workshop: 6.30pm Wednesday 13 July

Application deadline: 5pm Monday 25 July

Shortlisted applicant interviews: week commencing Monday 1 August

Successful applicants informed: Friday 19 August

Work in progress showings: 4 –  11 December 2016