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open calls for sound artists

Updated: Jan 14, 2019

A selection of opportunities and open calls for sound artists. Check back regularly! For any questions about the calls listed, please contact the organizations directly.

The 6th Sampo Composition Contest / Residency

"Musinfo is pleased to announce the sixth edition of the Composition Contest and Residency for Acoustic Instrument and Sampo. With this initiative Musinfo supports the work of contemporary composers in the field of live electronics. The residency will take place during the 2019 Art & Science Days in Saint-Etienne.

The winning composers will receive a commission from Musinfo to compose a new work for an acoustic instrument and Sampo. Sampo s an electronic device made for any musician or composer to expand the sound field of an acoustic instrument.

The writing of the new composition will include two phases:

• First, the winners will work with the P-Soft software which emulates Sampo. They will exchange with the performers of OpusCentrum ensemble, who will prepare the works on their Sampos.

• The winners will then be invited to carry out their residency in Saint-Etienne for one week to finalize their compositions and prepare the concert which will take place during the 2019 Art & Science Days together with the performers. Sampos will be made available to composers during the residency."

Deadline: 31st January 2019

For more info click here.

Inaugural Artists' Residency Program at The Bentway, Toronto: Sound & The City

"The Bentway Conservancy is thrilled to announce our inaugural Artist Residency program. The inaugural artist residency will focus on the acoustic environment of The Bentway. The hum of the Gardiner above, the rush of passing trains to the north, the occasional cannon blasts from the Fort York grounds and the general buzz from the surrounding city make The Bentway site rich acoustic territory. The selected artist or collective will be asked to explore The Bentway as an instrument, and to experiment with the varied sonic environments along its length.

The residency aims to expand the way we think about the sounds that shape our creative experience in the city, the parameters defining sound art and the types of projects contributing to the discipline."

Deadline: 15th February 2019

For more info click here.

Third Coast International Audio Festival and Ragdale welcome producers of all experience levels to apply for their 4th annual Third Coast Radio Residency, May 13-19, 2019. Third Coast seeks a vibrant group of producers of varied experience levels who come from backgrounds underrepresented in public media and podcasting to spend a rare week away from the demands and deadlines of everyday life to make progress on an audio story or documentary project that they're especially excited to pursue. During the week of May 13-19, 2019, a group of 8-10 producers will have the woodsy Ragdale retreat to themselves, to work, commune, and share expertise. Ragdale, one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country, is located in Lake Forest, 30 miles north of Chicago. Each artist will be given a private room and workspace, and all meals will be provided, including a family-style dinner each evening. Deadline: January 31st

For more and to apply click here.

Grants for Media Art 2019: The Foundation of Lower Saxony at the Edith-Russ-Haus Three grants (€10,000 each)

The Foundation of Lower Saxony grant at the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art supports a wide spectrum of media art, from video art and net-based projects to audio works and audio-visual installations. Each of the three grants will be awarded for the production of a new project in the area of media art.

An international jury will convene to select the recipients of the grants.

Applicants must register for a user account on the website of the Edith-Russ-Haus and submit via online application by 6 February, 2019, 00:00 (CET). Applications submitted after this date cannot be taken into consideration.

The grant is valid for a duration of six months (July–December 2019). It cannot be prolonged and residency is compulsory; grant recipients can expect to stay in Oldenburg at least one month. The project or artistic work should be completed within the six-month duration of the grant. However, an extension up until April 2020 can be negotiated. Beyond the grant amount of €10,000 and the possibility of using one of the guest apartments at the Edith-Russ-Haus, no further costs will be covered during the residency (such as technical means, production means, travel expenses, and living expenses incurred during the grant period).

Online application (registration and application: see the submenus in the left-hand navigation bar of the page https://www.edith-russ-haus.de/en/grants/grants/current.html ).

For further information, please contact: info@edith-russ-haus.de Tel.: +49 441 235 3208

Radio Papesse - Open Call for Sound Works: Süden Radio #3

For this new edition of Süden Radio, we invite you to reflect on the hospitality of urban spaces in the face of the shifting and drifting reconfiguration of the many Souths. The following have been our three guiding themes: POROSITY, DISSONANCE and IMAGINATION.

We hope that you will be willing to share your inspiring contribution. We welcome audio documentaries, soundscape compositions, radio dramas, field recordings, radio essays, sound mapping projects, sound poetry, radio features, acoustic experiments, interviews...

Deadline: January 15th 2019.

There are NO submission fees.

We accept both original and previously edited/composed soundworks and radio productions. In case of already published works, a letter of waiver for broadcasting and archiving has to be provided. 

Unfortunately, installation work can not be accepted.

Please include

_your audio file (wav, 44.1 Khz, mp3 >320 kbps),

_production sheet including title, length, author and genre,

_short CV (max. 500 spaces),

_the authorisation to publish it on Radio Papesse archive (yes/no),

_a photo relating either to you or your work (max. 200 kb).

All the soundworks and accompanying materials should be submitted via WeTransfer to suden@radiopapesse.org

Soundlands - open call for sound artists

Soundlands in partnership with Migrations and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) is offering an opportunity for sound artists to create a new sound artwork.

The successful artist will create an installation for WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The work may be original or re-worked for the new context but must not have been previously exhibited in Wales in any form. It will be shown from 8 June 2019.

The commission will be located at WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, Carmarthenshire, Wales. The exact location of the final installation  will be agreed between the artist, Migrations, WWT and Soundlands taking into account artistic and practical considerations.

Financial Support and Resources

Three concept proposals will be shortlisted for the commission with each shortlisted artist receiving a fee of £100 as contribution towards further development of their proposals. One successful artist will receive a commission fee of £2,000 with an additional budget of up to £8,000 available for design, production, materials, installation costs and agreed expenses. Production support will be provided by Soundlands and its partners.

deadline: 1 December 2018 more infohttp://soundlands.org/open-call-2019/

KOOSHK RESIDENCY - Tehran Kooshk residency is a non-profit space for arts and culture in Tehran. Funded by the private sector, it tries to provide a convenient space for artists, curators, researchers, writers and filmmakers to encourage inter-cultural dialogues and art creation.

Award Goals The Kooshk Artist Residency Award has been implemented to support artists, creativity and the development of new ideas in the unique space of Tehran. This Residency program is a chance for attendants to do research and experiment, develop professionally, maintain direct dialogues and the exchange of ideas in order to grow and nurture their creativity, and try new methods of working and thinking. This Residency is an annual event lasting one month and will be offered to four non-Iranian selected artists. During the residency, Kooshk will provide a dynamic and distinctive situation for international artists to work and exchange ideas with local artists, critics and researchers. The program emphasizes a balance between working in a personal space and working in collaboration with other artists and interacting with viewers and the environment. In line with its goals, Kooshk will make any effort to have a contribution in the growth of cultural and social views, by gathering local, national and international artists with a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines in the cultural and artistic space of Tehran and by creating the possibility for exchanging ideas.

Who Can Apply All the international individual artists active in fields of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Sound and Music, Film and Video are welcome to apply.

Fees & Stipend: Applicants need to pay a non-refundable application fee of 20 USD. Awarded artists receive a 200 USD monthly stipend (which is perfectly enough for a single person monthly costs in Tehran). The costs of accommodation (shared room for two artists), studio and return ticket will also be covered by Kooshk.

Selection Process • Applications will be received through slideroom, an online application procedure. • Applications will be processed in compliance with declared criteria in two rounds and different panels of jury of the award.

To apply: https://kooshkresidency.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/45446

If you have any question, send an email to info@kooshkresidency.com


THE CUTTY STRANGE - WGXC Call for Produced Radio Segments

The Cutty Strange is a monthly radio hour that airs the first Thursday of each month at 1am EST on Wave Farm's WGXC 90.7 FM in New York's Upper Hudson Valley. The show centers around new and experimental music, focusing on transmission and broadcast arts works.

This call is to open guest produced segments to the show, that focuses on a topic of the guest's choosing. We are asking for interested persons to submit a short proposal, or already completed segment (see below) with the following information:

1. The topic at hand. 2. The subject(s) of the segment. 3. The music (if any) to be played. 4. The overall production idea (is it an interview, lecture series, multi-episode segment, info piece, opinion, etc.). 5. The estimated length of the segment. 6. How you feel this piece relates to the field of experimental arts.

These pieces should be produced by the guest producer, but we also accept submissions of scripts of segments that can be produced by our staff. In these cases, we will work with the guest contributor to make a piece that best reflects their ideas and ours here at The Cutty Strange. With that said, we are also interested in working with those who are producing pieces, to help achieve the highest possible quality radio work. We are very open to any and all ideas so long as the guidelines above are addressed. Ultimate approval of proposals and completed segments are subject to that of The Cutty Strange and WGXC.

For completed radio segments, please complete the above information, as well as stating if the piece has aired before, and of so, when and where?

If submitting a completed segment, please submit in MP3 format (constant bitrate 192kbps). Please be sure that the piece adheres to the profanity and indecency guidelines put forth by the FCC. Those that do not adhere to the guidelines, will not be aired. You can see the guidelines here:


One person or group may submit as many proposals or segments as they wish; there is no entry fee or limit. The Cutty Strange operates on a not-for-profit basis, there is no fee paid to you for airing your segment, and we are not interested in negotiating any such fees.


Thank you all for your time.

Daniel Steffey The Cutty Strange


DEADLINE: 1st November, 2018

The 8th International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology – RE:SOUND – will be hosted by RELATE (Research Laboratory for Art and Technology), Aalborg University and will be held at the CREATE campus, Aalborg, Denmark, August 20-23, 2019 in partnership with the STRUER Sound Art Festival and CATCH – Center for Art & Tech in Elsinor.

RE:SOUND will host four days with 10 tracks of paper sessions, panels, workshops, practice-based interventions, exhibitions, performances, poster sessions, a PhD workshop and keynotes. The tracks were generated based on the first call for topics contextualized under the wide frame of media art history and sound. Each track has several smaller thematic sessions for submissions that are chaired by experts in the field.

Through the 10 tracks, RE:SOUND MAH2019 calls for proposals that revisit and (re)investigate, through a variety of prisms and on a multiplicity of trajectories, the ontologies and epistemologies of Media Art History as a field of practice and research. Moreover, there are also specific calls for proposals investigating sound in Media Art + theories + histories + practices.



RADIA, a project promoted by the Centro d’Arte degli Studenti dell’Università di Padova (Italy), in collaboration with SaMPL (http://www.sampl-lab.org/it/index.php/Pagina_principale) and Conservatorio Pollini, announces an open call addressed to sound artists and composers. The call is subdivided in two main categories: Eerie RADIA and Spaced-Out RADIA.The submission is free. A review committee will select the best submitted works to be performed for the last concert of the RADIA season, at the Conservatorio Pollini’s auditorium in Padova (Italy), next 14th December 2018.

The open call draws inspiration from the futurist manifesto from which the festival takes its name, “La Radia”, by Marinetti and Masnata: after its publication in 1933, “La Radia” forecasted the many forms of sonic arts that would develop in the next decades, until now.

In this vein, the RADIA open call seeks for artistic contributions of exclusively fixed media/acousmatic nature. With this call, RADIA wants to explore some of the most peculiar features which make acousmatic art a unique and irreducible field of musical and artistic research.

CATEGORY A: SPACED-OUT RADIA Spaced-Out RADIA focuses on the experimentation with spatialization techniques and, more generally, with the use of space as a compositional parameter in acousmatic music. For this reason this category asks for multi-channel fixed-media contributions to be played with the state-of-the-art eight channels surround sound system of the Auditorium Pollini in Padova. We will exclusively accept multichannel pieces: from quadriphony up to 9.2 surround systems (8 channels + additional central channel + subwoofers).

CATEGORY B: EERIE RADIA For this category, Radia asks for sound pieces which investigate the most magical, incantatory dimension of sound and sound mediation, the ability of sound to evoke, represent, narrate the imagination, the oneiric, the uncanny, the Other. This category is addressed to sonic art pieces of any form, such as radiophonic art, soundscapes, sonic documentaries, audio storytelling, field recordings and acousmatic music pieces. In particular, Eerie RADIA is focused on those cases in which the nature of the sound event, when mediated by technology, is so ambiguous that it becomes impossible to objectively reconstruct its physical origin, the physical scenario of sound production. In such cases, the sense-making activity of our mind relies on the realm of the imagination, producing mental representations which are sometimes completely subjective and imaginative. Therefore, listening becomes an active and creative process, which can indeed produce ‘monsters’: new and weird fantasy landscapes, populated by mysterious and ever-changing entities, from which we can even be driven to build entire sonic narratives. It is no coincidence that the early twentieth century’s spiritualists welcomed the noisy radio of that period as a means of listening to the voices of disembodied spirits. Similarly, no wonder the use of electronic music, as well as musique concrète sound processing techniques, as fundamental means to convey the supernatural, alien and unconscious dimension in much Sci-fi and horror movies and radio-plays. We are looking for sound art pieces that explore sound recording, reproduction and production media for their possibility to be something more than mere technological means, but instead magical machines haunted by the imaginary.

“Poets have long used the word as incantation, evoking the visual image by magical acoustic stress. Preliterate man was conscious of this power of the auditory to make present the absent thing. Writing annulled this magic because it was a rival magical means of making present the absent sound. Radio restored it. In fact, in evoking the visual image, radio is sometimes more effective than sight itself. […] Because the visual image that sound evokes comes from the imagination.” Marshall McLuhan, Acoustic Space 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE Please send an e-mail to radia@centrodarte.it, in the subject field write RADIA_Surname_Title_Category. The e-mail must contain, as attachments:

- short bio of the author(s) (max 300 words) - description of the submitted work (max 600 words) - technical specification of the submitted work - link for online streaming of the submitted work (soundcloud, vimeo, youtube etc) or download link (mp3 file, with download password if needed) - for works submitted for category A – Spaced-Out Radia (or potential multichannel pieces for category B – Eerie Radia) please upload a stereo reduction of the work. N.B. The submitted works should not exceed a duration of 12 minutes.

TECHNICAL DETAILS see https://www.centrodarte.it/news/radia-2018-open-call/ for the audio system's setup

REVIEW COMMITTEE The review committee will be announced in September.

IMPORTANT DATES 04 August 2018: RADIA Open Call opening 10 October 2018: deadline for submissions 14 November 2018: communication of results 14 December 2018: final concert with the selected works

Deadline: 10 Oct 2018

Entry Fee: 0.00

Web site: https://www.centrodarte.it/news/radia-2018-open-call/