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 The Carne Trust Junior Fellowship
Summary:Bursary for young composers
Deadline: 26 February 2018
Date Posted: 01 February 2018
Details: Outline
This award is designed to provide a dynamic young performer or composer with the means and the time to concentrate upon his or her personal artistic development with the support of Trinity Laban staff and full access to the Conservatoire’s resources, whilst also developing his or her professional skills and contacts. Trinity Laban will be seeking applications from individuals with a clearly defined proposal for what would form the focal point of their activities as The Carne Trust Junior Fellow, and one which was able to demonstrate sufficient synergy with the Conservatoire’s particular artistic culture and profile. Applicants should expect to contribute and add value to the Conservatoire community as well as pursuing their own careers.

Please also note that Junior Fellowship schemes are not eligible for Tier 4 student visas. All applicants need to have valid work permits/visas for the United Kingdom covering the full period of the fellowship prior to applying.

The Carne Trust was set up in 2006 to assist talented young people in the performing arts. The Trust also supports the The Carne Trust Ensembles in Residence at Trinity Laban.

An individual Carne Trust Junior Fellow will be awarded a tax-free bursary of £6,000 to help defray the cost of any tuition undertaken during the academic year of their tenure.

Available to external applicants as well as current Trinity Laban students and alumni, there is no upper age limit, though candidates will normally be aged 30 or under. Normally, candidates will already have successfully completed formal studies at a level at least equivalent to a postgraduate diploma or degree, or be completing these studies in the academic year in which the application is made. Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate substantial successful and relevant experience, the motivation and determination to continue intensive study, and the desire to develop their skills by working regularly with other musicians both within and outside the Conservatoire.

Conditions of Fellowship
Junior Fellows are responsible for making their own arrangements for lessons and other tuition inside and/or outside the Conservatoire, and for planning their own work routines and monitoring their effectiveness. Tuition may be either with Conservatoire staff or those not directly associated with Trinity Laban. In all cases, submitted budgets should show how the candidates expect to contribute personally to their costs for the year. Bursaries are intended to supplement, not to replace, contributions from applicants’ own resources. However, they may be used to contribute to costs such as: summer school fees; tuition; competition fees; purchasing relevant scores, books, CDs/DVDs, etc.; travel/accommodation costs in relation to their activities as Junior Fellows.

The Carne Trust Junior Fellows will be required to use their fellowship funds exclusively for legitimate, approved expenses. Reasonable expenses may include: coaching to assist in the preparation of a range of performance programmes; music purchases; venue hire; keyboard hire/tuning costs for performances; competition entry/travel expenses; marketing/publicity costs. Junior Fellows should also expect to fulfil such other duties as negotiated and agreed with Trinity Laban, including (though not exclusive to) the following examples:

• organise, lead, coach, direct, inform and/or participate alongside Trinity Laban performers and composers in a range of projects and/or other activities as appropriate (N.B. these arrangements will be agreed in advance for the period September- January and again for February-June. Participation in at least one activity within each six-month period is mandatory);
• attend/participate in selected fundraising events/concerts as a Trinity Laban representative, contributing to these as requested;
• compile a portfolio detailing work undertaken during the year containing recordings, scores, programmes and reviews (as appropriate), and other details of their activities as a Trinity Laban Junior Fellow. N.B. as portfolios are not returned, please retain a copy for your own personal records;
• produce a short written report on activities undertaken to date by the end of the first term, and a further full written report (to accompany the portfolio of work) by the conclusion of the third term. Submission of report and portfolio to be made mid-July;
• keep the Conservatoire and any other relevant parties informed on a regular basis of opportunities to attend performances or events in which they are involved;
• fulfil any other duties as negotiated and agreed with Trinity Laban;
• adhere to all other relevant Trinity Laban policies and procedures found in the Trinity Laban Regulations Handbook.

In addition, Trinity Laban will provide The Carne Trust Junior Fellows with:

• Registration/ID card: providing full access to Trinity Laban facilities;
• Practice Facilities: physical access, equivalent to that available to full-time Trinity Laban students without disadvantaging Trinity Laban students;
• IT: access to IT facilities within King Charles Court equivalent to that available to full-time Trinity Laban students;
• Library: use and borrowing rights equal to those of full-time students;
• Masterclasses/Understudy: participation in Trinity Laban masterclasses as appropriate;
• Recording: use of the Trinity Laban recording studio at an agreed level commensurate with equivalent individuals (typically three full days), subject to the constraints of the demands on the studio and working staff time lines. Subsequent time will be charged at the appropriate Trinity Laban discounted staff rate;
• Publicity & Marketing: access to the advice and expertise of the Trinity Laban Marketing and Communications department, subject to the constraints of the demands on the department and working to staff time lines (N.B. typically 2 months’ advance warning is required for all materials). Activities might include the creation of a detailed and relevant mailing list, the design of a generic flier/postcard for future publicity, etc. (N.B. use of an external designer or printer and all “additional cost” activities such as photography must be paid for by the Junior Fellow);
• Performance: performance opportunities as appropriate or required, to be discussed and arranged with the appropriate Head of Department in conjunction with the Fellow’s Mentor;
• Other Professional Opportunities: community/outreach work as appropriate, to be discussed and arranged with the Head of Professional Skills in conjunction with the Fellow’s Mentor.

Application Documents
• CV: Please attach an up-to-date CV detailing your education, further tuition (if applicable) and professional experience. Being as specific as possible, please indicate how you found out about this Junior Fellowship opportunity.
• Covering Letter: Please attach a letter providing a brief statement (of no more than 500 words) indicating your intended personal programme over the Junior Fellowship period.
• Short Biography: A précis (no more than 200 words) version of your biography.
• Names of Referees: Please provide the names of two referees (preferably of national or international stature) who are willing to provide comment on both your professional work to date and your suitability for the Junior Fellowship programme, stating how long they have known you and in what capacity.
• Professional References: Please attach scanned copies of the references from the two professional referees whose details you have supplied above.
• Photo: please attach a high-quality (300dpi or 1MB) recent digital image of yourself.
• Digital Recordings: Please attach at least one digital recording of a recent performance, with a total length of at least 15 minutes in duration. As there is no limit to the file size, please submit the highest quality version you have at your disposal.

Please note that, due to the large number of applications received, should your recordings exceed 15 minutes in duration they may not be reviewed in their entirety by the panel.

Please note that failing to include any of the items listed above will adversely affect your Junior Fellowship application.

After Shortlisting
Please note that shortlisted applicants will be contacted directly and asked to submit, in a single document (either PDF or Word file), the following:

• Study Proposal: a more detailed proposal for a personal programme of study/project. This can include the information previously included in the covering letter but should be in greater detail. There is no fixed length but that document should include:

o Plans for study/project work both inside and outside of the Conservatoire
o The prospective Fellow’s proposed contribution to Conservatoire life
o An expenditure outline (including tuition and living expenses for the year)
o The prospective Fellow’s own financial contribution to his or her costs for the year
• CV: Please attach an up-to-date CV detailing your education, further tuition (if applicable) and professional experience.
• Repertoire List: Please attach a full list of your current repertoire. You can also include any reviews, press cuttings and a list of recent achievements in this section.
All shortlisted candidates will also be invited to attend an interview/audition during which they will be required to:

• Present a programme of no more than 10 minutes’ duration, the repertoire selected most effectively to demonstrate their strengths and interests (where appropriate);
• Meet and talk with a panel to expand on the information supplied, discuss their experience and career plans and suggest ways in which they would be able to contribute to the work of the Conservatoire as Junior Fellows. This would also be an opportunity to talk about significant achievements to date;
• Discuss their application materials, in particular their proposal and budget.

Application Deadline and Application Fee

The application deadline is Monday 26 February 2018 at 17.00h.

The application fee is £50. Please note that this payment is non-refundable and that any application not been supported by an online payment will not be processed.

 Graeme Miles Bursary
Summary:Bursary Opportunity-short deadline!
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 26 October 2017
Details: The Graeme Miles Bursary is open to artists or groups based in the North East of England. The aim is to fund an important development opportunity, project or programme of activity that will have a lasting impact on their career. The £1,200 award is made annually to celebrate the life of Middlesbrough’s Graeme Miles who died in 2013.

A contemporary of Ewan MacColl, Miles wrote his first song, Sea Coal about Hartlepool, at the age of 14, and after hearing the traditional songs of Tyneside, set himself a 20-year task to create a collection for his adopted native Teesside.

The memorial bursary, which is funded and administered by The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and funded by The Unthanks through fundraising concerts, is now in its 3rd year running and will continue to organise events to fund future awards.

The Graeme Miles Bursary scheme is open to any folk artists or groups, aged 18 to 25, in the North East of England, which includes Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and the Tees Valley. The bursary is to fund a significant development opportunity, project or programme of activity that could have a lasting impact on their career.

The inaugural winner was Joe Hammill from Thornaby on Tees. The singer songwriter, who fronts the band Cattle & Cane, invested the award in home studio equipment to record his own music. The 2016 recipient was the Rachel Hamer Band, a Newcastle folk band with strong links to Teesside.

The selection panel includes Adrian McNally and Rachel Unthank from The Unthanks.

Application Criteria

1. Artist(s) must be based or have strong links to the North East of England.
2. Individual musicians (including composers) and duos/trios/bands in the early stages of their career and/or final stages of advanced musical training.
3. Artists must have a genuine desire and commitment to building a professional career in folk music.
4. Artists should be able to demonstrate the talent, potential and enthusiasm to make folk music your profession.
5. The funded activity needs to be completed by 30 November 2018.

Timing and deadlines
Closing date for applications Midnight on Sunday 29 October 2017
Bursary Announcement December 2017

 Scottish Awards for New Music 2018
Summary:Composer Awards Nominations Open
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 19 October 2017
Details: Following on from the inaugural event in 2017, New Music Scotland are pleased to launch the second annual Scottish Awards for New Music. Created by New Music Scotland with support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, Help Musicians UK, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Holiday Inn Glasgow Theatreland, Steinberg, and EVM Marketing, the awards will celebrate and champion the highest standards and achievements of Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists, programmers, producers and ensembles. They will highlight and showcase the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland, as well as the depth and breadth of the country’s contemporary music scene.

The Scottish Awards for New Music are welcoming nominations for music being made by Scottish and Scottish-based creators and facilitators of new music. The eleven categories, including three new ones for 2018, are listed below. Partnerships with Hands Up for Trad and Jazz from Scotland have enabled the creation of new categories which focus on experimental and ground breaking traditional and jazz music. Nominations are open from Saturday 7 October 2017 until Monday 11 December 2017 and can be made by both members of the public and industry professionals. Nominations can be made via the website where details of eligibility and submission criteria can be found:

An international panel of composers, performers, programmers and music industry experts will meet in January to discuss the nominations, following which a shortlist will be announced. Profiles of the shortlisted entries will be available on New Music Scotland’s website in the weeks leading up to the awards evening on Wednesday 7 March 2018.

New Music Scotland Chair, composer Oliver Searle said, “The Awards offer a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of new music in Scotland and further afield, spreading news of the innovative new music scene to potential audiences around the globe. Rarely do you manage to gather so many of the key figures and institutions of new music making in Scotland together in one room. Coupled with the high profile supporters and partnerships involved in making this event a reality, the Scottish Awards for New Music 2018 promises to be an exciting event for Scotland’s new music sector.”

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, said, “Music is an art form that never sits still – it is always pushing back barriers and reshaping the cultural landscape. The Scottish Awards for New Music celebrate such experimentation and throw a spotlight on our most talented composers, musicians, sound artists and ensembles. Scotland is one of the most vibrant and collaborative countries in the world for new music, and these awards raise the profile of this exciting sector both nationally and internationally.”


Composers must have been born in Scotland, or have been ordinarily resident in Scotland for at least two years prior to 1st July 2017. Non Scottish or Scottish based composers can have works nominated as part of the Award for Creative Programming.
Composers may be any age.
Composers do not have to be members of New Music Scotland.
Students are eligible


To qualify, new works must have received their première in a public performance, either live or broadcast/online, between 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017
The community/education project category: For Projects that may be nominated, they can have started prior to, but must have been concluded between 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017.
Recorded works must have been publicly released on any format between 15 December 2016 and 15 December 2017
Works do not have to have been published.
Nominations may be submitted by anyone, including from the composer, performer, audience or organisation. If self nominating, you must also nominate 2 other works (in any category) that are not by yourself.


The nominator should choose the category which most closely fits the work. NMS reserves the right to move the work to a different category if appropriate.
NMS reserves the right to add, remove or redefine categories if necessary.

Electroacoustic/sound art work
For a new work or installation written and/or performed during 2017 that can be described as either electroacoustic or sound art (or both!)

Dorico Award for Small/Medium Scale Work sponsored by Steinberg (1-10 performers)
A piece of new music, of any style or instrumentation, written and/or performed in 2017 by 10 performers or fewer.

Large Scale New Work
A piece of new music, of any style or instrumentation, written and/or performed in 2017 by 11 performers or more.

Recorded New Work
A recording of new music for commercial release in 2017 for CD/LP, TV, film, digital/online platforms, or other audio-visual medium. This may include the recording of an existing work released within the calendar year.

The ISM Award for Collaboration
Celebrating collaborative new music in 2017, including projects that are cross-genre, cross-art form, multi-disciplinary, or those that bring together unique combinations of partners. Collaboration should have taken place between two or more active parties to the extent of which the work would not exist without the partnership.

Community/Education project
Music-making, listening, appreciation, participation projects taking new music as their medium, and widening access to those in Scottish communities and/or education settings. This may take the form of a one-off event, or an ongoing project with or without specific outcome over the calendar year of 2017.

Contribution to new music in Scotland
Marking the contribution made by an individual or organisation that has contributed significantly to the new music sector in Scotland during 2017.

Help Musicians UK Award for New Music Performer(s) of the Year
An award to celebrate musicians who perform new music at the highest standard. This could be the best one off performance or a number of performances that adds to a portfolio of work over 2017.

Award for Creative Programming
An award to celebrate Creative Programming. This could be a one off production/commission, a festival programme, a programme series, or an audience development initiative that has been of an exceptional standard and demonstrates genuine imagination in its execution.

Award for Innovation in New Folk Music in association with Hands Up for Trad
Traditional Music plays an important role in Scotland’s musical scene. This award, in partnership with Hands Up for Trad, celebrates the musicians who use elements of both traditional and new music (as defined at the start) in an original and experimental way.

Award for Innovation in New Jazz Music in association with Jazz from Scotland
Scotland’s vibrant jazz sector regularly sees experimentation and creative projects come to fruition . This award, in partnership with Jazz from Scotland, celebrates the musicians who use elements of both jazz and new music (as defined at the start) in an original and experimental way.

All nominations are to be submitted online via the New Music Scotland website
There is no limit to the number of works which may be submitted.
Self-nomination is allowed but must be balanced by the submission of two other nominations (i.e. not self-nominations) in any categories.

Nominators will be asked to provide:
Creator name, work title, performers, when & where heard, reason for nomination (depending on category max 200 words), links to supporting reviews, recordings, articles, online information, nominator name and contact details, demographic information of nominator

Judging will be made by a specially appointed panel, the members of which will be chosen by NMS.
In each category there will be a final shortlist, announced in advance of the award ceremony.
NMS reserves the right not to make an award in any category.
The final decision regarding all aspects of the Scottish Awards for New Music, including the interpretation of these rules, resides with the Board of NMS.


The presentation of the awards will take place at a reception on Wednesday 7th March 2018 at the Drygate in Glasgow
In each category the winning individual/organisation will be presented with a Scottish Award for New Music

 Andrew S. Way Music Foundation
Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 August 2016
Details: The Andrew S. Way Music Foundation is committed to the composition, education, and performance of new music. The process by which this is achieved has two major components: first the grant selects composers to write new music (for a school or organization), then music educators apply for the opportunity to perform the music with their ensembles in live concert. When the two are matched, the foundation will also help facilitate and encourage communication between the composer, the educator, and the ensemble. Currently accepting all applicants from the Bay Area.

The Andrew S. Way Foundation welcomes composer and school/organization applicants from all walks of life and musical paths, and is dedicated to supporting all types of music.