Open Call 17/18 Applications now open!

Open Call is a 3 year 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.

Part of our Artist Development strand, generously 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 17/18 initiative coming from a diverse background.

We want to work with artists who are critical thinkers, who create work that pushes boundaries 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.

Each year we will ask people to respond to a provocation. These will relate to our future programming plans, so there may be an opportunity to take work-in-progress ideas forward into full commissions.

This year we are asking people to respond to one the following provocations:

Travelling with Strangers: Everyday interactions

Collision: Classical music meets…

Applications are now open! For more information on how to apply, 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

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Wednesday 16 August.

Join us at an Introductory Workshop  on Tuesday 8 August. 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.

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