Composer-Curator Programme 2014/15

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11 March 2014 - Composer-Curator Programme for 2014/15 announced

The new nine members to have joined Sound and Music’s Composer-Curator Programme are:

Ailis Ni Riain Lucky Dog Music
I've been very active as a professional composer for the past 10 years with performaces at the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Carnegie HalI New York & on BBC 3 and BBC Radio 4. I took part in the PRS scheme New Music Plus in 2011 and co-run Delia Darlings - a collective celebrating the work of Delia Derbyshire. I've produced work for AND Festival, Durham Brass Festival, DaDaFest alongside my own site-specific projects. Todmorden is a rural town in the South Pennines of West Yorkshire I plan curate  and present a series of new music concerts in Todmorden from Autumn 2014 onwards. 

Annie Mahtani SOUNDkitchen’s Series 2014
SOUNDkitchen’s Series 2014 will encompass four live events taking place between May and December 2014. SOUNDkitchen is committed to programming and producing events focused on experimental electronic music genres. Its ethos is to provide a platform for local and emerging artists to explore, experiment and present their work alongside that of professional sound artists and composers. This is realised in Series 2014 as SOUNDkitchen fosters new collaborations between Birmingham-based and national artists, commissioning a series of new collaborative performances exploring music genres from acousmatic to electronica to free improvisation to phonography.  Each event will also feature a performance given by an emerging artist from the Midlands.

Jack Sheen ddmmyy
ddmmyy is a new music concert/events series, founded in Manchester. Functioning as a flexibly curated series rather than as an ensemble, concerts explore a variety of mediums through which to present new acoustic and electronic music, ranging from solo and chamber recitals to large scale ensemble programmes. Each ddmmyy is specially curated, choreographed and presented seamlessly in a host of different locations and performance spaces, titled with a unique code built around the date of the performance and the composers and works included.

John Lely, Tim Parkinson, Markus Trunk Music We’d Like to Hear
John Lely, Tim Parkinson and Markus Trunk have been curating this annual three-concert series since 2005. This year’s season begins with Tim Parkinson joining percussionist Adam Morris for English experimental classics, alongside the welcome return of music by Makiko Nishikaze and Chiyoko Szlavnics. Next, the Ligeti String Quartet presents compelling and subversive music by Joanna Bailie, Carola Bauckholt, Jo Kondo and Matteo Fargion.

Finally, the curators realise a selection of recent works for indeterminate instrumentation alongside acclaimed viol consort Phantasm, who perform music by William Lawes, a radical voice in early seventeenth-century London.

Marc Yeats DIVAcontemporary’s Sonic Coast Live Concert Series
DIVAcontemporary’s Sonic Coast Live Concert Series is the creation of a new, vibrant platform to support the performance of exciting and innovative contemporary classical music by brilliant but lesser known UK and international living composers in rural Dorset where audiences have little opportunity to experience new music away from the major cities. In bringing this fantastic music and the very best young performers to our area we will build new, enthusiastic audiences for contemporary music as well as further maximise national and international impact and reach for composers and performers through DIVAcontemporary internet radio, podcast and video distribution.

Ripsaw Catfish Shoaling
Ripsaw Catfish is Anton Hunter (guitar) and Cath Roberts (baritone saxophone). The Manchester and London-based duo formed in 2013 to explore improvised and composed music, and whatever lies between those things. They employ a collection of pre-composed elements which can be drawn upon, or not, during the course of an improvisation. In Autumn 2014 they are embarking on a UK tour with a collaborative focus. The duo will assemble ad hoc ensembles ('shoals') of improvising musicians from each location to play spontaneous sets of new music informed by, incorporating or ignoring the Ripsaw Catfish composed material. 

A series of diverse "live coding" related events across the country, curated by Alex McLean. Live coding is a developing paradigm in music (and audio/visual) performance, where musicians use programming languages to create their music. It is used across the New Music spectrum, particularly electroacoustic music, free jazz improv, ambient and techno. This series of events will help develop live coding by encouraging new live coding collaborations, and running related workshops accessible to non-programmers. It will run alongside the Live Coding Research Network" activities funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, allowing arts practice and research to feed into one another. 

Vasco Alves & Louie Rice Hideous Porta
Hideous Porta is a concert series organised by Vasco Alves and Louie Rice, originally conceived to fill the gap of a regular London monthly programme promoting new music. It places emphasis on carefully curated events focusing on the presentation of electronic and acoustic experiments and has until now occurred in a small London basement. 


Workers Union Ensemble ON AND OFF AND TO AND FRO
The Workers Union Ensemble (WUE) present a programme of five new works developed in response to Simon Steen-Andersen’s On And Off And To And Fro (2008) for soprano saxophone, double bass, vibraphone and three players with megaphones. The new pieces might be a direct response to Steen-Andersen’s piece or could be a more tangential reaction to the title and will be performed alongside On And Off And To And Fro in a mini-tour of England. The composers featured will include three twentysomething emerging stars Ryan Latimer (WUE Composer-In-Association), Kate Whitley and Jay Capperauld (winner of the WUE Heidi Cupp Award 2013) as well as two slightly older heads Benjamin Oliver (conductor of the WUE) and Scottish composer, Mic Spencer.

13 January 2014 - Applications now closed

Applications to the Composer-Curator Programme 2014/15 are now closed. The next round for applications for the Composer-Curator Programme will be in July 2014 for activity happening post March 2015.

16 December 2013 - Call for applications to the Composer-Curator Programme 2014/15 are now open

We are now looking to work with Composer-Curators for 2014 - 2015 Our call for proposals is now live with a deadline noon 13 January 2014.

Sound and Music will offer a package that will include financial and audience development support together with professional development. Support will normally be time-limited in the first instance against an agreed series or festival. 


    • We are looking to support UK-based composers to curate and organise performance-series or festivals of new music including, but not limited to, work by British composers. 

    •  Activity must take place within the UK and include more than a single event. 

    •  Proposals must be for activity taking place between April 2014 and March 2015. 

    •  Applicants will need to demonstrate a track record of curation, programming and event production 

    •  Proposals need to demonstrate a commitment to audience engagement 

    •  It is our expectation that programmes will include female composers, unless there is an exceptional reason why this is not the case. 

    •  We will not fund activity taking place within the context of an organisation receiving core funding beyond 'in-kind' (eg National Portfolio Organisations of the Arts Council, from a local authority, or from a higher education institution). 

    •  However, projects that have received, or are seeking, specific project funding from other sources (such and Grants For The Arts or the PRSF) are eligible; we are unlikely to fund something for which Sound and Music is the sole source of income (either earned or fundraised). 

    •  Composer/Producer collaborative applications are welcome but the curatorial involvement of the composer must be central 

    •  Proposals that include participative projects targeted at particular groups are eligible


We are actively seeking to encourage plurality and diversity (of musical form, and of featured composers) within individual projects that we support and across the programme as a whole. Please see the programme for 2013-2014 for the Composer-Curators programmed so far.

Proposals that provide exposure for and develop emerging talent are encouraged

The balance of funding and support will be reviewed over the year as a whole and this may result in varying numbers of successful applications in each round

Finally, as we develop this programme we will also be making decisions based on achieving a reasonable balance and range of styles of new music and working nationally. There may therefore be strong proposals that we are unable to support.

If you would like to submit an application for our Composer-Curator programme, proposals will be made through an online application form and equal opportunity form here with a noon 13 January 2014 deadlineLate applications will not be considered. Please ensure you have read the criteria and guidelines above carefully before making a submission. 

We are also committed to sharing and disseminating what we learn about the needs of this important area of activity, and the outcomes of our support.

If you have any questions about this programme, please contact Sound and Music's Administrator, Natalia Franklin Pierce, on or 020 7 759 1800. 

About the Programme

In 2013 Sound and Music launched a new Composer-Curator programme with the ambition to develop a national approach to supporting grassroots event-series or festivals of new music, curated and organised by composers.

Supported by

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Project Updates

11 March 2014 - Composer-Curators 2014/15 announced
13 Jan 2014 - Applications close
16 Dec 2013 - Applications for Composer-Curator 2014/15 open 


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