This opportunity is a request for collaborator, please note it may not adhere to Sound and Music’s Fair Access Principles.
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As part of Megan Steinberg’s DEBUT ALBUM: ami études, we are looking for 1 Accessible Musical Instrument performer to take part in creating the album. This will involve working with Megan to create a new piece for your instrument, looking at its unique qualities and sounds.
This project is putting accessibility at the start of the creative process. You will be invited to discuss your access requirements and explore them in a creative way, it is an opportunity to develop a new piece specifically for your instrument and your way of playing.
An Accessible Musical Instrument is an instrument which has been designed or repurposed with accessibility in mind, and we are looking for performers of AMIs who identify as D/deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent.
Fee: £1,000 (rehearsals, performance, expenses)
Location: Manchester and online
Accessibility: there is a separate budget for accessibility, and support provided by Drake Music to meet any requirements
Rehearsals: to be discussed and arranged, between October & December 2023.
Performance & recording: early February 2024
Deadline for applications: 1 September 2023
Artists will be chosen based on suitability of instrument and style for the album. With your permission, your contact details will be kept in order to forward future opportunities.
Megan’s compositional style involves:
Experimentation, Sound Art, Improvisation, Text Scores, Graphic Scores, Artificial Intelligence
There is no requirement for a specific way of reading or interpreting music, the piece will develop around every individual’s needs and preferences for communicating and performing music. There may be multiple forms of a score or instructions specific to each player.
We would like to keep in touch with every artist who expresses their interest as there will be more pieces and collaboration opportunities as part of the PhD project with Drake Music.
How to Apply:
Complete the online form by 1 September 2023 and we will be in touch in the following days:
If the form is not accessible, you can email responses to the questions below in any format (text, audio, video) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Full name
- Email (or the best way to contact you)
- Link to a recording (any length or quality)
- Access rider or requirements
- Tell us if you are happy to be contacted for other opportunities
- Ask us any questions
You can also email Megan or message on social media to schedule a Zoom or phone call to share your information, if that’s better for you.
Megan’s PhD is specifically looking at disability and accessibility in music. We will talk about disability, health, access and inclusion as part of the process. That is also why this opportunity is in partnership with Drake Music only open to disabled, d/Deaf and neurodivergent artists.
Find out more about the organisations involved on their websites below:
This project is made possible by support from PRS Foundation, Help Musicians, AHRC and the work of composer Lucy Hale. Read more about Lucy Hale.