Open Call 18/19 Applications now open!

Open Call is an initiative to support music creators in laboratory-style commissions; offering opportunities to challenge compositional practice, explore working in new ways and provoke dialogue between composers, ideas and audiences. In 2018 /2019, Spitalfields Music is working with Rich Mix to support three artists to execute their project idea, working towards to a public work-in-progress showing in June 2019.

Part of our Artist Development strand supported by Help Musicians UK’s National Grants Programme and PRS Foundation’s Open Fund, Open Call is a direct response to our commitment to broaden and diversify the artists we work with, offering opportunities to as wide a range of artists as possible, specifically BAME, female and disabled artists. Based in Tower Hamlets, we want to reflect our local community, support the most exciting musicians from all backgrounds, and provide role models for the communities and young people we work with.  We have committed to 100% of our artists involved in our Open Call initiative coming from an underrepresented background in the music industry.

We want to work with artists who are critical thinkers, who create work that pushes boundaries and explores new ways to connect with audiences. We are looking for music creators who want to explore the big ideas facing our world, who want to create work that is relevant and integral to people’s lives and who want to challenge perceptions of how music can be created, performed and experienced. We welcome music creators at all stages of their career, but specifically those who recognise a need for new impetus to stretch their creative practice.

This year we are asking people to respond to the following provocation: Culture for a Changing City

Applications are now open! For more information on how to apply, and our entry criteria please download the Information Pack and Application Form in the downloads section on the right-hand side. Please email your completed Application Form and Equal Opportunities and Diversity Monitoring Form to tracy.virr@spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

The deadline for applications is  5pm Friday 7 December 2018.

Join us at an Introductory Workshop at 7pm Wednesday 14 November 2018. Attendance at this event is not essential but we strongly encourage you to attend as it will support you to develop your ideas for Open Call.  If you would like to book to attend the workshop, or if you have any questions about Open Call or the application process, please contact Tracy Virr on tracy.virr@spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

For more information about last years’ Open Call, click here.