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THE ARTISTS FORUM INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION

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THE ARTISTS FORUM INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION, part of our Juried Arts programming, is open to musical artists of all genres seeking to gain exposure in the New York City and international music and media markets.

Its mission is to provide an accessible platform for songwriters and composers to present their best work for juried selection, increase artist communication and business contacts, provide career advancement opportunities, and publicly acknowledge talented artists in an industry-saturated arena.

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Award recognition for each category will be given
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Award recognition for each category will be given at a live ceremony in New York City, alongside special presentations and performers. In the case of COVID-19 restrictions, our award ceremony will be conducted online and then televised on Manhattan cable stations shortly thereafter.

Our Grand Prize winner will be presented with an opportunity for mentorship sessions with a prominent music industry professional.

All selected artists are eligible for a television studio or Zoom interview to be promoted on our online platforms and via THE ARTISTS FORUM: AFTV - a 20+ year arts based television program broadcasted from mid-town Manhattan in New York City.

Deadline: 
04/18/2021

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$30
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VSA International Young Soloists Competition

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Calling all musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25! 

Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform and participate in professional development and music coaching activities provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  

This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre!

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$2000 prizes
Deadline: 
03/02/2021

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Queerantine Season Two

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Welcome to QUEERANTINE! Kisos's weekly showcase of music videos from emerging artists across the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. Watch LIVE, Sundays at 3pm ET from http://twitch.tv/itskisos

Calling all LGBTQIA+ artists! First come, first serve for our weekly music video showcase run by Kisos (@itskisos) and streamed live Sundays. Videos must be "PG-13", as Twitch doesn't allow the nude form, or outlines of it. Feel free to submit or DM me if you are unsure and we can evaluate on a case by case basis! Get a feel for the show HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ES3tZxjXbpk&feature=emb_title
 

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North Indian Raga with Terry Riley

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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: TBC for Summer 2021
    
This workshop will be based around non-academic, practical sessions in singing North Indian Raga. There will be instruction in voice culturing and in training the ear to hear specific microtones inherent in the Raga melodies. We will progress from singing and tuning up long tones to learning melodic fragments that compose the raga melodies, and then on to learning traditional "bandesh's" or traditional compositions. All of this progress will be made by learning to copy phrases taught by ear.

We'll examine raga structure and how a raga develops through the progressive series of sections - "alap", "vilambit", "drut". Various talas - rhythm cycles that frame the ragas - will be explained and practiced. We'll examine how improvisation works in Indian music, and a method of how to improvise in these raga melodies will be given. As a composer, Terry will discuss and demonstrate how he has incorporated raga into his compositional activities.

The workshop is open to all levels of ability - all are welcome who have a passion to use their voice as an expressive musical instrument.

Composer and performer Terry Riley is one of the founders - arguably the founder - of musical minimalism. His early works, notably In C (1964), pioneered a form in Western music based on structured interlocking repetitive patterns. The influence of Terry's hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, brightly orchestrated Eastern-flavored improvisations and compositions is heard across the span of contemporary and popular music.

Born in California, Terry studied at San Francisco State University, and the San Francisco Conservatory before earning an MA in composition at the UC Berkeley, studying with Seymour Shifrin and Robert Erickson. At UC Berkeley, he met La Monte Young; together they worked with the dancer Anna Halprin. During a sojourn to Europe 1962-64, he collaborated with members of the Fluxus group, playwright Ken Dewey, and trumpeter Chet Baker, and was involved in street theater and happenings. In 1965 he moved to New York and joined La Monte Young’s "Theater of Eternal Music." 1967 was the year of his first all-night concert at the Philadelphia College of Art and he began a collaboration with visual artist Robert Benson. An influential teacher was Pandit Pran Nath, a master of Indian classical voice; Terry appeared in concert with him as tampura, tabla and vocal accompanist for over 25 years. Terry continues to perform in concerts of his music and of Indian classical music, as well as conducting raga-singing seminars. He also appears in concerts with Indian sitarist Krishna Bhatt, saxophonist George Brooks, guitarist Gyan Riley and with virtuoso Italian bassist, Stefano Scodanibbio.

Terry joined the Mills College faculty in 1971. There he met David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet. Their long association led to 13 string quartets, the concerto The Sands (1990), the multimedia choral work commissioned by NASA, Sun Rings (2003), and The Cusp of Magic (2004) with pipa. The Kronos recording of his epic five-quartet cycle, Salome Dances for Peace was selected as the Classical album of the year by "USA Today" and was nominated for a Grammy.

The Palmian Chord Ryddle, a concerto, was premiered in May 2012 by electric violinist Tracy Silverman and The Nashville Symphony led by conductor Giancarlo Guerrero. A subsequent performance occurred at Carnegie Hall. Recent works include Transylvanian Horn Courtship (2008) for string quartet doubling on Stroh instruments, Universal Bridge (2008) for pipe organ, the violin concerto Zephir (2009), and SwarAmant (2012) for violin, guitar, and tabla.

Past commissions include: the orchestral Jade Palace (1991) for Carnegie Hall’s centennial celebration, premiered there by the Saint Louis Symphony and Leonard Slatkin; June Buddhas (1991) for chorus and orchestra, based on Jack Kerouac's "Mexico City Blues," commissioned by the Koussevitsky Foundation; the chamber vocal work What the River Said (1997) by the Norwich Festival; the piano piece in just intonation The Dream (1999) by the Kanagawa Foundation; the concerto for piano and electro-acoustic band Banana Humberto 2000 (2000) commissioned by Musical Traditions, Inc., the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Emory University, and premiered and toured by Terry with the Paul Dresher Ensemble; Bruce’s Traveling Machine (2005) for cello and tape, commissioned by the artist Bruce Connor; The Heaven Ladder, Book 6 (Night Music) (2006) for piano 4-hands, commissioned by Sarah Cahill and premiered by Sarah Cahill and Joseph Kubera; Loops for Ancient-Giant-Nude-Hairy Warriors Racing Down the Slopes of Battle (2006) for the Crash Ensemble; the triple concerto SolTierraLuna (2007), co-commissioned by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the New Century Chamber Orchestra of San Francisco.

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08/17/2020
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Routes into Music Facilitation

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We’re offering three brand new opportunities to work with Brighter Sound as a music facilitator across our programme of work for children and young people.

The placements – one leading to a formal qualification and two paid traineeships – will offer practical, hands-on experience of music delivery in a workshop setting, shadowing experienced facilitators who are specialists in musically inclusive practice.

The roles are aimed at musicians who are committed to the development of their skills as a creative practitioner. The ideal candidates will be passionate about unlocking the creativity of children and young people through music making, and nurturing musical, social and personal progression.

You can read an overview of each of the positions below. 

1. Certificate for Music Educators Qualification

  • A comprehensive training programme leading to a professional, level 4 qualification in music education. Includes online training modules, 1-2-1 mentoring, and work placements to put learning into practice
  • Tuition fees, additional training and travel bursaries (of over £1000) covered by Brighter Sound
  • Accredited – assessed through observations and a portfolio of coursework
  • Flexible schedule (between 12-24 months)

2. Children & Young People Programme Trainee

  • Paid, on-the-job training, shadowing experienced Brighter Sound facilitators
  • Includes bespoke training sessions, and requirement to complete reflective diaries and blogs
  • Non-accredited
  • Over 6 months (March 2020– August 2020)
  • Across a variety of programmes with different ages, abilities and disciplines
  • Flexible session dates

3. Sing City Trainee

  • Paid, on-the-job training, shadowing experienced Brighter Sound facilitators
  • Includes bespoke training sessions, and requirement to complete reflective diaries and blogs
  • Non-accredited
  • Over 12 months (March 2020 – March 2021)
  • Part of Sing City – Brighter Sound’s songwriting project for 13-18’s
  • Weekly on Wednesday evenings

Further information

As part of the application form you will be asked to tell us why you are interested in applying for that particular role. Therefore we encourage you to only apply for the position that most interests you.

The deadline for all three placements is Sun 9 Feb 2020, 11pm.

If you have any questions about these opportunities please contact Lucy Wallace at lucy@brightersound.com or 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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02/09/2020

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CAMP Announces 2020 Program

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CAMP, a high-altitude residential arts school in the French Pyrenees, has begun announcing its 2020 program of workshops. Now entering its third year of activity, the newly announced program includes five-day residential workshops in music, visual art, filmmaking, photography, VR and literature, with masterclasses led by such luminaries as Matthew Herbert, Julia Kent, Aviva Rahmani, Chris Watson, Simon Armitage, Gabrielle Bell, Roedelius, Phill Niblock, Elliott Sharp and others.

Announced so far:

2020-04-22 // MODELING RESILIENCE WITH ART WITH AVIVA RAHMANI
2020-05-06 // CURRENT STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVISATION AND COMPOSITION WITH ELLIOTT SHARP
2020-05-13 // HEARING THE IMPOSSIBLE WITH MATTHEW HERBERT
2020-05-27 // DEEP LISTENING, PHASE 1 WITH PHILL NIBLOCK
2020-06-03 // DEEP LISTENING, PHASE 2 WITH HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS
2020-06-17 // PERSONAL STORIES IN COMICS WITH GABRIELLE BELL
2020-09-02 // OUTSIDE IN - THE POETRY OF NATURE AND THE NATURE OF POETRY WITH SIMON ARMITAGE
2020-09-30 // FIELD RECORDING: RED DEER SEASON WITH CHRIS WATSON

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.

Courses are fully inclusive of accommodation and excellent catering - every participant gets a private, peaceful room with a mountain view.

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