British Music Collection – Digital residency opportunity

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Sound and Music seeks artists, composers, curators, thinkers, or collectives from the African and Caribbean diaspora to take part in a new digital residency opportunity with the British Music Collection. – part of our fourth series celebrating Black histories, sounds and stories. Read about the opportunity in full here.

Timeframe: January  – March 2022.

Deadline for applications: Sunday 28th November 2021, 11:59pm

Fee: £1000 (plus £500 for production, travel and research expenses) inclusive of VAT

The opportunity

Following the conversations  and learnings from our past editions, which celebrated Black composers and music-creators, Sound and Music are pleased to announce a new digital research residency exploring the  British Music Collection.

This residency is open to UK-based artists, composers, curators, thinkers, or collectives from the African and Caribbean diaspora who have an interest in exploring the British Music Collection (past and present) and undertaking self-directed research on a freelance basis from January – March 2022.

The resident will spend approximately 10 days over the three-month period delving into the British Music Collection and will have the opportunity to critically engage with and reflect on the materials that are present, as well as what is missing, share research-in-progress and produce new creative responses, storytelling, scholarship or programming for our online audiences.

The resulting outputs will be shared uniquely with audiences and communities via the British Music Collection, Sound and Music’s social media channels and newsletter and in an online webinar (that you can help to shape) to take place in Spring 2022.

Funding is available to cover production expenses and research trips to the British Music Collection’s physical archive at Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield, or to other relevant archives. You can find out more about the physical archive and view its catalogue here.

How to apply

Deadline for application: Sunday 28th November 2021, 11:59pm.

To apply you will need to provide:

  • Your email (so we can get in touch with you).
  • A description of your practice and previous experience (up to 250 words or a 2 minute video).
  • Links or examples of your previous work (music, articles, videos or other relevant content)
  • A statement outlining your initial proposal and areas of interest as they relate to the British Music Collection (up to 300 words or a 3 minute video).
  • You will also be asked to complete a Sound and Music equal opportunities monitoring form.

Please note that videos do not need to be you talking to camera. Please apply in whatever way best suits your needs.

If you have a question, you can contact: Heather Blair, Creative Project Leader –

About the British Music Collection:

The British Music Collection is a discovery platform for new music in the UK. It is an exciting and creative online space for UK-based composers of any background or style to create profiles showcasing themselves and their works. Our community respond to this growing collection through curated digital and editorial content and new commissions. This provides unique and original ways for audiences to discover composers and draw new connections and , take part in conversations relevant to the landscape of music-making in Britain today.

Des Oliver’s Identity and the Anxiety of Influence

Clifton Harrison’s  Identity & Aesthetic: Five British-Caribbean Composers

Daniel Kidane’s Composer Club

Black Composers Open Call

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