Filmmaker Call (New Voices 2020)

Chris Joseph

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Sound and Music, the national organisation for new music, is looking to commission a filmmaker to document our New Voices programme over the next 18 months.

New Voices is our primary artist development programme that supports composers at pivotal stages of their careers to explore new ideas, new sounds and new music. In October 2020, we announced the 8 selected composers, who will be supported over 18 months through coaching, mentoring and a financial grant to create a new piece of work and share it with the world. You can read more about the programme here.

The aim of the film is to demystify what it is to be a composer in the 2020s. The successful applicant will work closely with the Sound and Music team to identify and capture key moments in the programme. This will include documenting the composers’ creative process, their relationship with Sound and Music (including with their Creative Project Leader) and their final project outcomes.

Regarding COVID-19 – we would encourage all applicants to highlight how they plan to carry out the commission when taking into account necessity for social distancing and other precautions.
Deadline for applications: 1st December 2020

The details:

• The fee is £2,500 (plus additional technical equipment, travel and subsistence as agreed). The composers are based across the UK, so this must be taken into consideration

– The first 50% will be paid upfront upon receipt of an invoice.

– The second payment (40%) will be paid on delivery of the finished film.

– The final 10% will be paid after the evaluation process for your project has been completed

• We encourage applicants to propose their own timeframes for this project – but for reference suggest 6-7 days of capturing footage and 3-4 days editing

• For the fee, we are looking for a fully edited c.15-minute film. This film may be released in short episodes online e.g. 5x. 3-min duration or similar – so this should be taken into consideration

• We don’t expect all 8 composers to be captured equally across the film, rather the overall aim, to demystify what it is to be a composer in the 2020s, is expressed

• We want to leave the approach to this opportunity intentionally open, and encourage pitches that challenge and intrigue us

• The film can be created either alone or with collaborators of your choice

• The successful applicant will have the support of Sound and Music in contacting and liaising with the New Voices cohort

• The final film will be launched and hosted online at, as well as shared via our social channels and newsletters.

See our previous projects, like Liz Dilnot Johnson and Oli Clark’s ‘Search for Scintilla’ for an example of online film work created for us – although your work might be something very different.

How to apply:

Sound and Music is committed to equality, inclusivity and diversity across all our programmes. We actively encourage applicants who are D/deaf; disabled; LGBTQI+; working class; who experience racism; and/or applicants who feel they have had less access to opportunity, or who have experienced barriers or discrimination, due to a protected or other characteristic.

Application Form

Deadline for applications: 1st December 2020

To apply you will need to provide:
• Your name and email (so we can get in touch with you)
• 250 words or a 2 minute video about your proposal for this work
• 250 words or a 2 minute video about your experience including links to previous work if you have them
• A show-reel of your previous work if applicable.

Please note that if you submit a video application you do not need to be talking to the camera. Please apply in whatever way best suits your needs.

The named applicant must be based in the UK.

We plan to inform applicants of the outcome by Friday 11 December.

If you have a question, you can contact us: Alex Noble, Executive Administrator –


If you have accessibility needs and require additional support for applying please email

We can offer alternative application methods (e.g. via email), extensions for the application process, and can also offer financial support for anyone who needs to pay for additional access support. We want to accommodate any access needs so please get in touch to discuss ways that we can help.

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