Register for New Voices 2019

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Date: 
Deadline Monday 29th October


The deadline to register has now passed - please get in touch if you'd like to apply for this programme

New Voices: an artist development programme for new ideas, new sounds and new music

  • Are you a composer or artist creating or composing your own original music or sound?
  • Are you looking to explore, stretch and realise your creative ideas and ambitions?
  • Are you determined and excited to explore your artistic and personal development?

Then this could be the opportunity for you.

In June 2018 Sound and Music announced the New Voices for 2018: fifteen composers, music creators and artists who together make up the first group to take part in this new programme.

Now Sound and Music is on the lookout again.

We are looking for New Voices for 2019, and we want to hear from you.

Read on, and find out how to register your interest. That’s all you need to do at this stage. Registration will be closing on Monday 29 October.

Sound and Music aims to ensure that all its programmes and activities are inclusive and are representative of the diverse range of composers and music creators working across the UK today. This includes our New Voices programme.

Find out more by reading our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy.  

About New Voices

  • Become part of the New Voices programme, an 18 month artist development programme tailored to your needs
  • Receive a bursary of £1,500
  • Runs from Spring 2019
  • Be supported to create your new work with a presenting organisation, or receive a production grant of up to £6,000 if you are organising the final public outcome yourself
  • Explore, stretch and realise your creative ideas and ambitions, in your own style, in your own way
  • Create one or more new works which will be presented publicly, through your own creative activity and collaborations, and/or through working with other organisations
  • Work with Sound and Music to explore digital as well as live outcomes of your work
  • Get the benefit of coaching from an accredited coach
  • Have the support of an external mentor who you’ll be involved in selecting
  • Become part of a network of your creative peers from across the UK, who will be going through the New Voices programme at the same time as you
  • Join these peers at unique residential networking days, supported by the Sound and Music team

Sound good?

Great. At this stage, you only need to register your interest. Keep reading to find out how you do this.

You need to be over 18 to apply to the New Voices programme (and not in full time undergraduate education) but there are no other age restrictions.

See below for more information about eligibility and selection criteria.

“Anyone working with Sound and Music in this capacity will be helped not just through the opportunity to create new work for public presentation, but also from learning the skills necessary to forge their own careers as composers.” - Blasio Kavuma – Participant on the 2017 Pathways Artist Development Programme

Could you be part of New Voices?

We want to work with people who are passionate, determined and excited to explore their own artistic and personal development as a composer or creator of new music or sound.

Whether you live in an urban or rural environment, whether you trained at a conservatoire or are self-taught, whether you produce electronic or acoustic work, or whether you have many years’ experience or consider yourself ‘emerging’. We know there isn't one model that will or should fit everyone.

Composer? Creator? Educator? Improviser? Sound maker? Sonic artist? Here at Sound and Music we know that defining yourself and your work is for you, and not for us to try and do. If you create your own music or sound, in any style or form, then we’re interested in you.

We are looking for people who want to make a significant next step in their artistic development and are up for the adventure of New Voices.

We want to support composers from all backgrounds, ages, stages and styles. We don’t want our processes or perceptions of what we’re like to put you off applying to work with us (and we know that can happen!)

This programme is designed to be flexible and to build upon your existing activity, and we will try to fit around you, your lives, children, jobs and other commitments.

Your new voice could be just what we have been waiting for…

What does being part of New Voices involve?

If you are selected to be part of the New Voices programme, then you’ll be working with us for up to 18 months. This experience and process will be different for everyone, but the broad shape of the programme timeline is like this:

New Voices Structure Diagram
The New Voices programme structure

Below are some further details about each of the three phases:

1. Discover

You may come in to the New Voices programme with a pretty clear idea of the new work you want to create on the programme, or your ideas may be not fully formed. This Discovery Phase is the time when you can explore and test your ideas.

During the Discovery Phase (around 6 months) you will be building your relationship with Sound and Music, receiving coaching (optional) from an accredited coach to support you in figuring out what you need, identifying a mentor, developing your ideas, and beginning to get to know the other New Voices who are doing the programme at the same time as you.

We believe the important extra support of coaching can bring a huge professional benefit to artists and creators. Although this is an optional part of the programme, it is a space for you to spend time with a person trained to ask the right questions to help you reflect, plan, gain insight and work things out.

During this phase and as your plans begin to take shape, we will also work with you to identify a mentor – someone who’s an expert, and can advise you from their own experience. The choice of mentor will be led by you - although we have a network of experienced mentors if you need any suggestions.

You can also view our Coaching and Mentoring Toolkit here >>  

By the end of this phase you should have a pretty clear idea of what your project is and how it will unfold.

2. Develop

The primary focus of this phase (which is flexible in length) of New Voices is the creation of your public facing new work.

You may want to work with another partner organisation such as a venue, an ensemble, an orchestra, a gallery or through your own collaborations and experiments…. or something else entirely!

We understand that there are many different approaches to creating work. This is the exciting and important part of the process where you will have time and freedom to explore, to experiment, to adapt and change your developing ideas. And you will be supported and encouraged to take creative risks.

You’ll be in close contact with us as your plans develop and we’ll agree anything that needs to happen to realise your ideas,including what external partnerships need to be put in place (for example if you want to create a new work for a particular type of ensemble), what digital plans you might have, and/or what production needs you have if you will produce the work yourself.

We have a growing list of partner organisations who share our values, access to many leading composers and artists, and the commitment to help you to realise your vision. 

We will do everything we can to bring together what you need to realise your ideas.

3. Deliver

About 18 months after you started as a New Voice one or more of your works will be presented to the public.

We care about people hearing your creations, about new people discovering your work and about how we can present new music that engages. So we also want to experiment with new ideas, new approaches and new ways of employing technologies to build and sustain listeners during your time with us and beyond.

Exploring how digital may be used as a creative tool is an integral part of being one of our New Voices.

New Voices as a Network

We know how important it is for composers and creators to establish new networks and contacts, especially with their peers. And Sound and Music is here to help you do that.

By recruiting all New Voices at the same time we will encourage and enable you to go on this journey together. By creating a community you will have access to other creators giving you the chance to meet, to hear each other’s work and to share your experiences during your time with us. So, to help this happen every one of our New Voices will be invited to both an induction day taking place at our base at Somerset House at the start of the programme and residential networking days somewhere in the UK.

Register first, apply later

If you think the New Voices programme might be for you, then the first step is to register your interest in working with us.

At this stage you don’t need to have any partners or other organisations in place, as New Voices has a completely ‘composer and artist first’ approach. We want to work with you to tailor our programme around your needs and to be flexible about how and who you might want to work with.

New Voices 2018 Collage
New Voices 2018

How to register for New Voices 2019

Registration is a very simple process.

All you need to do is fill in some details in this form:

Go to the New Voices registration form

We will collect this information with your permission, in order to help us understand more about those who are interested and about how the registration process is going. It will be treated confidentially and will not be used to inform the later application process.

You can find out more about this in our Data and Privacy Protection Policy here.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch about New Voices 2019, you can contact Hannah Bujic, Co-Head of Artist Development at hannah.bujic@soundandmusic.org or on 020 7759 1800.

What happens next?

If you have registered, then when our application process goes live we will send you all the information you need to complete the next direct to your email.

There will be a link to an application form and you will need to have two examples of your work that we can access via links you send us.

We will also ask you to write a bit about yourself and your artistic work, and why New Voices is the right thing for you right now.

Interview and final selection

Selection to be part of the New Voices programme is, unavoidably, a competitive process, since we are committed to being open to anybody to apply. An independent and diverse panel of experienced experts will be involved in this process, they will listen to your work and read your application; and they will help Sound and Music to find a representative and talented group of individuals to work with and support.

We will select a group of individuals to interview.

 Sound and Music supports artists’ travel to interviews and we work with candidates to
make sure that all interviewees can attend or join via Skype if physical attendance is not possible, and that any access needs are met.

You will know who is assessing your work and we will be able to answer any questions you have at every step of the journey.

We will announce the panel of selectors when we open the application process.

Our selection criteria:

To be eligible to apply for New Voices you must:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Not be in full time undergraduate education
  • Have been based in the UK for the last 2 years
  • Plan to remain resident in the UK for the 18 month duration of the programme
  • Not have been on our New Voices, Embedded or Portfolio programmes previously
  • Provide at least two recordings of your works

Please note that New Voices is designed as an artistic and professional development programme for individuals. It is not designed for working with groups or collectives. We welcome applications from individual members of groups or collectives, but you must apply as an individual.

If you have any questions about this, or about your eligibility in general please contact the Co-Head of Artist Development at Sound and Music hannah.bujic@soundandmusic.org or 020 7759 1800.

How we make our final decisions

We will make our final decisions based on the following: 

We are looking for people who have original ideas and the ambition to create truly unique, high quality work, in whatever form. As part of New Voices you will need to be ready to undertake self-reflection and evaluation in order to make the most of your involvement. You’ll need to be able to reflect on your work, why you do it and when you feel it has been successful. We can help you with this but it must be something that you are interested in exploring.

You will need to have created some work already, and probably presented it to an audience. You’ll need to have at least two recordings, which can be either audio or video, so that the panel can hear your work. New Voices is open to composers and creators across the age and experience spectrum, but if you really are just starting out then you might want to gain a little experience before applying.

If you are currently engaged in an intensive period of professional training (such as a Masters or PhD) you might want to consider waiting until this period of training is finished, and you have had a chance to consolidate the learning from it, before applying to the New Voices programme. New Voices is a one-off opportunity, and though flexible, we encourage you to focus on your postgraduate studies and consider applying at a later time.

Sound and Music is committed to making the New Voices group of individuals representative of wider society in terms of gender, ethnicity, disability, socio-economic background and other marginalised and/or disadvantaged groups. A group of New Voices that brings together a wider variety of backgrounds is hugely exciting for us artistically, as well as allowing us to commit to fairness and equality for all. Read our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy here.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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