Following the success of its Olympic-inspired New Music 20x12 project, the PRS for Music Foundation yesterday launched a New Music Biennial, which will support up to 20 new commissions to be performed around the UK during 2014. Organisations from all over Britain are now being invited to submit ideas for commissions to be undertaken by a composer based in the UK.
Formed in collaboration with Creative Scotland, Arts Council England and the British Council, the New Music Biennial will present the commissions throughout the UK in 2014 before bringing them together to be performed during two weekend festivals - at London’s Southbank Centre (July 4-6) and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music (August 2-4) to coincide with the city’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games.
Proposals are welcomed by cultural and creative organisations, festivals, ensembles, promoters and venues. As the first edition of the New Music Biennial is to coincide with the Commonwealth Games, works are expected to have an international focus, whether thematically or by collaborating with artists abroad. Individual applicants for the New Music Biennial are also invited to present their own interpretations of the international theme in any musical genre.
A panel of experts, chaired by Roger Wright, controller BBC Radio 3 and director, BBC Proms, will select the 20 works following the deadline for applications on March 4. All selected works are to be featured on BBC Radio 3.
For full details visit the PRS for Music Foundation website.