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Playing for Time - call out for 13-18's

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We’re looking for one individual or group aged 13-18 to create a brand new piece of music in response to the current climate emergency. 

As part of the project you’ll receive a budget of £200, support from a professional musician, and the opportunity to record your work and perform it live. 

The theme

“We are right now at the beginning of a climate and ecological crisis. Now is not the time for speaking politely. Now is the time to speak clearly. We need to call it what it is: an emergency.”
Greta Thunberg

On Friday 20 September young people around the world walked out of school to demand action on global warming and climate change. They say that the steps taken by governments and corporations aren’t enough - they’re just playing for time, delaying the inevitable. Drastic action is needed today to really make a difference.

Music is a powerful tool for raising awareness and motivating people into action. We will support you to think creatively about environmental issues, and inspire change through music. We want you to be playful and ambitious - this is your chance to create something for the future. 

What’s involved

You will:

  • Create new music in response to the theme (this could be 2-3 short pieces or one longer piece) between November 2019 and March 2020 
  • Record your music professionally at Box Yard Studios in Manchester
  • Showcase your work at our Sing City live night in March 2020

We will:

  • Connect you with a professional musician who will guide and support you throughout the creative process
  • Give you a budget of £200. This could be spent on: 
  • Field trips to spark creative ideas
  • Artist fees (e.g. if you would like to bring in other people to work with you such as a band, AV artist, dancer or filmmaker)
  • Equipment/instruments/materials needed to create and perform

Who it’s for

  • Individuals or groups aged 13-18
  • Based in Greater Manchester, Cheshire or Merseyside

Whether you see yourself as a composer, songwriter or producer, whether you use acoustic instruments or electronically generated sounds - we’re interested in hearing from musicians of all genres and backgrounds.

How to apply

Please complete a short online form* telling us a bit about yourself, your musical interests and experience, and why you are interested in this opportunity.

Deadline: Mon 28 Oct, 10am

APPLY HERE

Everybody that applies will be given the opportunity to take part in an exclusive songwriting workshop during February 2020 half term.

For more information or if you have any questions please contact Lucy Wallace at lucy@brightersound.com or 0161 830 3899.

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the form in a different format or have difficulty completing the form online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.

Supported by Youth Music as part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England, and made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.

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10/28/2019

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How Music Works with Sofia Ilyas, Zoe Mc Pherson, Nick Luscombe, Daisy Moon, Tony Morley, Richard Brown, Lisa Meyer, Jennifer Lucy Allan, Trevor Heath, Luke Owen And Fielding Hope

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CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It's a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. CAMP is located in Aulus les Bains, the last village before the France/Spain Pyrenean frontier chain. The location is spectacular - we are nestled at 750m above sea level, surrounded by snowcapped peaks over 3000m high, ancient forests and cascading waterfalls. There are eagles, lammergeiers, vultures, ibex and bears. Walk out of the residency, and within ten minutes you are completely alone in one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe. Aulus les Bains is also a spa village - there are hot water springs, and a thermal spa in the village to take advantage of the healing and relaxing properties of the water.
    
Workshop dates: 16/10/2019 - 21/10/2019
    
Last autumn, we hosted a gathering of some of the most forward-thinking and influential people in independent music - entitled "How Music Works", the five-day workshop examined every aspect of the existing music ecology, from production to distribution, radio to touring, with each area pulled apart and explained by one of the leading people in that field for the benefit of a small group of residential participants.

How Music Works 2019 will take place at CAMP from the 16th - 21st October, with a small group of participants again benefitting from the experience and knowledge of some of the most exciting people in the business. Speakers include  Tony Morley (Leaf Label), Sofia Ilyas (Erased Tapes), Jennifer Lucy Allan (Guardian / Wire / Quietus), Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio), Lisa Meyer (Supersonic Festival / Capsule), Daisy Moon (Qu Junktions), Zoe Mc Pherson, Richard Brown (Arts Council England), Fielding Hope (Cafe Oto), Luke Owen (Kudos Records) and Trevor Heath (Tru Thoughts Publishing).

The masterclass is aimed at that emerging creature of the new music ecology - the all round, make-it-happen DIY head. The producer that also runs a label, plays in a band that has a record ready to release, writes press releases, organises tours for the band and others, promotes shows, writes a blog, does a monthly radio show. It's for anyone who has ever stayed up all night watching films and cutting/folding/sticking CD wallets.

Over five days, some of the most experienced and influential figures in modern music will talk through the full range of elements at play in music ecology - production, curation, releasing, manufacturing, distribution, PR & marketing, journalism, publishing & sync, radio, funding and live/touring. Each field will be demystified, debunked, illuminated and debated by a key player from that corner of the industry. You will leave armed with the information, inspiration, network and resources in place to move forward successfully in the new music ecology.

It's a unique opportunity to take part in an intimate series of small group workshops, working closely with some of the most knowledgable people in the business to define, clarify and launch your musical project - classes will include presentations and lectures, case studies, open discussions, Q&A sessions, and one-to-one advice sessions.

All this takes place against a backdrop of one of the wildest, most beautiful mountain landscapes in Europe - the Pyrenees Ariegoises reach heights of over 10,000ft around the residency, and are home to bears, eagles, vultures, ibex and lynx. There are ancient forests, glacial lakes and cascading waterfalls, all virtually untouched by human influence.

This is a unique opportunity to take part in an intimate series of small group workshops, working closely with some of the most knowledgable people in the business to define, clarify and launch your musical project - classes will include presentations and lectures, case studies, open discussions, Q&A sessions, and one-to-one advice sessions.

Day 1: Production, curation and making work
Day 2: Running a label and releasing music
Day 3: Distribution, synchronisation and publishing, funding
Day 4: PR & marketing, journalism, media, radio & online broadcasting
Day 5: Live music, booking & touring

Nick Luscombe presents BBC Radio 3 Late Junction, Flomotion on Resonance FM and also works as a DJ, music and playlist curator and radio producer. He is the founder of Musicity, an international digital and live event platform that explores the intersection of music and architecture.

Tony Morley has run The Leaf Label since 1995. The label sprang from his activities as DJ, writer, club promoter and press officer (for 4AD) in the early 90s. The label's first release was by Boymerang, and significant discoveries have included Faultline, Susumu Yokota, Caribou, Asa-Chang & Junray, Murcof, Colleen, Psapp, A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Efterklang. More recent successes have included Melt Yourself Down, Snapped Ankles and Warmduscher, as well as Mercury Prize nominations for both Polar Bear and The Comet Is Coming.

Jennifer Lucy Allan is a writer and researcher on sound and underground music, currently finishing a PhD on foghorns at CRiSAP (LCC). She has written on experimental, underground and esoteric music for over a decade, working as The Wire's Online Editor for five years, and freelancing for The Wire, The Guardian, The Quietus, Caught By The River and others. She also runs the reissues label Arc Light Editions, and is a part of Laura Cannell's Modern Ritual collective. She has recently hosted episodes of BBC Radio 3�s Late Junction, curated a weekend of Annea Lockwood's work for Kammer Klang, and co-produced Beatrice Dillon and Keith Harrison's Ecstatic Material tour for Outlands with Al Cameron.
Trevor Heath started working in music publishing and licensing in 2002, joining Tru Thoughts Records and Full Thought Publishing in 2007, working alongside artists including Quantic, Alice Russell, Bonobo, Anchorsong, Nostalgia 77 & Moonchild. He has worked on sync placements for numerous companies including: Nike, Mercedes Benz, Budweiser, G-Star, Google; for TV shows including: Big Little Lies, The Blacklist, House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black, Better Call Saul and Mad Men; and films including: Limitless, Chef and San Andreas. In his publishing and licensing role for the label, Trevor has cleared samples of Tru Thoughts releases for use in tracks by artists such as: Oliver$ and Jimi Jules, Fedde Le Grand, Yolanda Be Cool and Disclosure.

Lisa Meyer is the Artistic Director/CEO of Capsule, an arts organisation which she co-founded in 1999. Capsule, craft extraordinary projects for adventurous audiences and has gained a reputation as a dynamic and innovative arts producer, initiating, commissioning and producing multi-disciplinary work. Along with a year round programme, Capsule is responsible for a number of high profile projects, including the internationally renowned Supersonic Festival, which this year will celebrate its 15th edition.

Lisa is responsible for conceiving and curating Home Of Metal, producing a series of exhibitions and events which join the dots between music, social history, visual art and fan cultures to produce a new perspective on Heavy Metal. One that is celebratory, eschews notions of high/low art and joins audiences and performers together. Home of Metal is devoted to the music that was born in and around Birmingham. Music that turned up the volume, down-tuned guitars, and introduced a whole new meaning to the word �heavy�. She was also the Curator and Producer of the Discovery Season for the opening of the largest public library in Europe. Lisa was an Honorary Research Fellow with the Digital Humanities Hub at the University of Birmingham with an MA in Digital Media and Culture.

Fielding Hope is a London/Glasgow-based curator of live music. He currently works as the Senior Producer of Cafe OTO in London and co-curator of Counterflows Festival in Glasgow. He is primarily interested in supporting music that falls between the cracks and defies easy categorisation - nurturing a wide array of radical fringe artists and creating imaginative and inclusive ways to engage with their work.

Daisy Moon is an agent at Qu Junktions, an off-grid international booking agency, management company and creative producer that represents a wild assortment of artists, helping them plot their own course through the contemporary music landscape and multi-disciplinary practice. Qu also commissions, develop and tours new projects with a range of partner organisations, and produces regular events with a focus on Bristol, UK. Daisy is also a producer and DJ. She co runs collective Housework with Shanti Celeste, Gramrcy and Golesworthy, who put on regular parties and events in Bristol and Berlin. She is also one of the tutors for Mix Nights; a teaching series that helps womxn to develop DJ skills in an encouraging, safe and welcoming environment.

Zoe Mc Pherson is an interdisciplinary artist based whose kaleidoscopic output channels a myriad of sources and research including Inuit culture, hybridity, Kurdish feminism, Vodun polyrhythms and the practice of Cat's Cradle. Her most recent work 'String Figures' is an ongoing trans-global art project fusing electronic sound, ethnomusicological research, video art and choreography into a rich audiovisual tapestry that collapses worlds, histories and timeframes. Released on SVS Records in March 2018 with a series of films directed by Alessandra Leone, the album explores an array of dualities - traditional/contemporary, organic/electronic, historical/futuristic - with its core theme of string as one of the most ancient and playful art forms with seemingly infinite possibilities. The project was awarded by Berlin music video awards, Berlin Independent Film festival, Australian center for moving image amongst others.

Her kinetic AV performance occupies a singular space at the intersection between forward-thinking club music, audio-visual culture and sound art, with recent performances including Boiler Room Berlin, La Concrete Paris, Eupen Meakusma Festival, Amsterdam De School, Nottingham Contemporary and Beursschouwburg Brussels. Her DJ mixes are at the intersection between trippy field recordings and powerful percussive club music. Recent mixes include Rinse FM, Red Light Radio, the Lot Radio. In 2019, Zoe is releasing three new singles on compilation albums by Weaponize Your Sound (Optimo Music), Bizzar Bazaar and Low Income Squad. She is also currently working on several collaborations with Rupert Clervaux, Christina Vantzou, Greetje Bijma and more yet to be announced.
Richard Brown is in the Music team for the North of England at Arts Council England. Before joining Arts Council England, Richard served as Managing Director of Arts & Business Yorkshire and previously spent 12 years leading Scotland's independent record company and publisher Soma Recordings. He served as Board and Council member of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and is currently an external Trustee of the Yorkshire Building Society's Charitable Foundation. Richard's commercial and artistic experience at senior levels make him expert at understanding the objectives and financial challenges of music and creative companies alike.
Sofia Ilyas is a DJ, broadcaster, founder of label/PR firm FLOAT. She previously managed the Erased Tapes label, and was instrumental in the curation and promotion of work by Nils Frahm, Lubomyr Melnyk, Peter Broderick and Olafur Arnalds.

Luke Owen is Sales & Label Manager at Kudos Records, an independent music distribution company established in 1992 and based in Kentish Town, London. Kudos provide physical and digital distribution services to a hand picked selection of quality, independent record labels. In addition to this, Owen also operates the acclaimed Death Is Not The End record label and NTS radio show.

Deadline: 
10/16/2019
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2019 Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Opportunities for Writers and Musicians

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2019 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM – SESSION DATES

Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2019

Session 01: Thursday, May 30 – Monday, June 24, 2019

Session 02: Thursday, June 27 – Monday, July 22, 2019

Session 03: Thursday, August 8 – Monday, September 2, 2019

Session 04: Thursday, September 5 – Monday, September 30, 2019

Applications only accepted through Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Submittable site

Byrdcliffe welcomes Artists-in-Residence for 2019 in the areas of Writing, Music Composition, and Playwriting/Screenwriting (details below).

Individual artists participating in Byrdcliffe's Artist-in-Residence program are asked to pay a subsidized fee of $700 for the residency which covers studio access and accommodations within a 250-acre mountain campus. You may select your accommodation preferences on the application. Byrdcliffe offers financial aid opportunities to participants based on a combination of need and merit. To be considered for a fellowship, artists must submit the required financial information listed in the application.

Writing

All forms of original prose, poetry, and nonfiction are accepted at Byrdcliffe for the May through September 2019 AIR season. Nonfiction in this category may include essays, criticism, journalism, autobiography, monographs, memoirs, and experimental forms.

Music Composition

Composers, songwriters, and musicians working in a wide range of musical genres are welcome at Byrdcliffe during the May through September 2019 AIR season. Music Composition residents have access to a private studio called the Ice House, a converted outbuilding with an upright Steinway Piano near the Byrdcliffe Barn where they can work undisturbed as well as several performance spaces that may be utilized for informal presentations of works-in-progress.

Playwriting/Screenwriting

Writers working on a screenplay, stage play, teleplay, radio play, and/or an audio drama are accepted at Byrdcliffe in this category for the May through September 2019 AIR season. Playwrights are typically given a work space in White Pines, the magnificent and quiet original home of Byrdcliffe’s founders.

Since its founding in 1902, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, located in the historic, unique community of Woodstock, NY, is one of the earliest utopian art colonies in America, located only 2.5 hours north of New York City. Byrdcliffe has welcomed artists like Bob Dylan, Philip Guston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Eva Hesse, and hundreds more, to and live and work on a 250-acre property surrounded by the serene beauty of the Catskill Mountains.

Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Women, people of color, LGBTQIA communities, and other historically underrepresented artists are encouraged to apply. Regretfully Byrdcliffe is unable to accommodate young children at this time. Byrdcliffe offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios. Accommodations consist of simple historic arts & crafts style cabins and cottages clustered together in a close to nature forest setting. Mice, deer, hawks, ticks, chipmunks, bunnies, bears, owls, dust, leaf mold, and other elements of nature are present.

Deadline: 
02/15/2019
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'Creature', a collaborative songbook

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Mob-Handed Press is a series of collaborative songbooks created by selected musicians around a central theme. Artists contribute one song each, which are then anthologised into a zine. This publication is launched with a night of performance and storytelling.

It is a communication between artist and audience, and an exploration of how people visualise the music that they write, perform, and consume.

Issue Three of Mob-Handed Press will be entitled, 'Creature':

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Creatures of habit,
Uncontrollable beasts,
The ones within…
And the ones without.

Participants are invited to submit one song around the theme of ‘Creature’. The selected songs will be anthologised into a printed songbook.

Contributors are encouraged to play with the format of song-writing.

There are no strict rules as to what constitutes a song; only that contributors should be honest about how they visualise their music.

It could be sheet music, a visual score, chords, rough notes, an illustration, a list of words to be read in no particular order… Long, short, personal or impersonal, easy or impossible to perform.

As this is a publication, artists should send their song in a visual format, as opposed to a sound recording.

There will be an event to launch the songbook, taking place in Bath, where contributing artists will be invited to discuss and perform their compositions.

'Creature' will be released in tandem with this years FAB19 festival, taking place in Bath, UK.

 

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OPEN CALL for New Short Film or Audio for ArtSwarm, theme: South America

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ArtSwarm is a fortnightly video and audio art programme for YouTube featuring only new, original content created by artists.

We need new content to broadcast each episode and are calling for new video or audio pieces to play of any sort, from experimental works to animation, poetry, drama, music or soundscapes, or anything creative. The main criteria is that work must be new, not shared online or previously published, and available for free public broadcast. You can find terms and full details here:

Episodes have an optional theme. The theme for Episode 19 is South America, and the deadline is 12pm on Sunday December 2nd.

ArtSwarm is published on alternate Fridays on YouTube. You can view any episode here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA9nkyW2ommzJCF0b2h8oNg/featured

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'The Sound of Colour' art exhibition

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'The Sound of Colour’ is a music-inspired collaborative exhibition, in which we invite emerging artists to showcase with us for our first exhibition of 2019 at Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield, West Yorkshire.

We're returning to the Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield, West Yorkshire to start 2019 with a creative bang! 

'The Sound of Colour' is our first exhibition of the year, set to feature an exciting collaboration of painting, print and photography works inspired by music! We're looking for creations based on portraits of celebrated musicians (living and deceased), as well as abstract works inspired by both modern and contemporary festivals, dance and music.

Exhibition dates: Sat 12 January - Sat 23 February 2019

Acceptance fee per exhibitor: £15 

Please note - the acceptance fee may increase if your chosen submissions exceed approx 60cm (or 25inch) in length - we try allocate an equal amount of wall space per exhibitor. (Please enquire about larger submissions prior to submitting, we will accommodate where possible) 

Sales commission: 30% sales commission to the Creative Arts Hub. Funds raised go towards the running of the venue.

Deadline: Thursday 3 January 2019

Please submit via Curatorspace.com. If you don’t use the Curator Space platform please email your submissions to

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ARTbound is a membership based online arts organisation, who regularly hire venues and spaces to boost the exposure and sales of our creative community . 

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