Call for proposals for New Music Biennial 2017

It is a PRS for Music Foundation initiative which is presented in partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017, London’s Southbank Centre and BBC Radio 3.

New Music Biennial 2017 will comprise 20 new pieces of music: ten brand new works and ten pre-existing works that have been composed within the last 15 years. The New Music Biennial includes new music from across all genres: from classical and chamber opera to jazz, folk and electronic. Works should be no longer than 15 minutes in duration in response to the New Music Biennial’s aim to create a pop-up, interactive way for audiences to discover new music.The deadline for applications is 12 November 2015 and the final programme will be announced in December 2015.

The winning compositions will be selected by a prestigious and diverse panel of judges including Vanessa Reed (Executive Director, PRS for Music Foundation), Judith Weir (Master of the Queens Music), Sam Hunt (Executive Producer, Hull UK City of Culture), Gillian Moore MBE (Director of Music, Southbank Centre) and chaired by BBC Radio 3 Controller, Alan Davey.

Throughout 2016 the new pieces will be composed and rehearsed and all twenty commissions will receive public performances throughout the UK in 2017, culminating in two celebration weekends in Hull on 1 & 2 July as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and 7- 9 July at London’s Southbank Centre.

The premieres will form part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 which has four central themes: Made in Hull, welcoming the world to the city; Roots and Routes, celebrating Hull’s connections; Freedom, exploring the city’s role in ending global injustice; and Tell the World, exploring what is next for this unique place.

The New Music Biennial will be broadcast across BBC Radio 3 in addition to being performed across the UK and as part of the two celebration weekends in Hull and at London’s Southbank Centre and hopes to reach over 500,000 people.

New Music Biennial 2017 is supported by Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and The John S Cohen Foundation.

Vanessa Reed, Executive Director PRS for Music Foundation said, “We’re very excited to be launching today the call for proposals for the New Music Biennial 2017 and to be part of the official programme for Hull UK City of Culture in just over a year’s time. I’m sure we will receive an array of high quality and imaginative proposals from across the UK and I’m glad that this time round we’ll be programming existing repertoire that deserves to be heard again alongside brand new commissions.”

Martin Green, Chief Executive and Director of Hull, UK City of Culture 2017 added: “Hull will showcase the very best of the UK’s arts and culture in 2017 and the aims of the New Music Biennial chime perfectly with our own commitment to supporting artists who are creating exciting new work of the highest quality. We are delighted to be able to present the Biennial’s new commissions as part of our 2017 programme.”

Gillian Moore, Director of Music, Southbank Centre said: “The New Music Biennial is such an important platform and we’re thrilled to celebrate once again the talent and diversity of composers working in the UK today. Southbank Centre is committed to presenting new music in ever-more innovative and engaging ways, and through these performances and supporting programme of workshops, talks and debates, we look forward to inspiring many people with the sheer excitement of music-making.”

Paul Frankl, Editor, BBC Radio 3 said: “With its emphasis on performance, innovation, creativity and supporting new talent, New Music Biennial is exactly the sort of bold and distinctive programming central to BBC Radio 3 and our audiences. We’re proud to be involved once again and look forward to bringing our listeners more cutting edge contemporary music in partnership with PRS for Music Foundation.”

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