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Apply now for our new Sound Pioneers programme


After launching at hcmf// 2019 in November, our Sound Pioneers project is now open for applications. A professional development programme for early-career women and gender minority composers, Sound Pioneers will support the creation of boundary-pushing new work for multi-channel audio as part of paid residencies at the University of Huddersfield and the University of Hull during 2020.

With six places available, the programme is open to women and gender minorities from any part of the UK. The selected composers will undertake a five-day residency making use of cutting-edge music facilities to create music for either Huddersfield’s 48-channel/66-loudspeaker HISS system, or Hull’s Ambisonic Studio. They will also receive specialist mentoring and coaching support and enjoy a high-profile performance opportunity for each new work.

The project is delivered by YSWN working in partnership with the University of Huddersfield, University of Hull, hcmf// and Brighter Sound’s Both Sides Now programme, and is supported by the PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations.

How to apply

Full details of the Sound Pioneers programme and how to apply for a residency are given in the downloadable PDF below. The closing date for applications is Friday 17 January 2020, with inductions taking place during February and March 2020, the residencies on dates to be agreed during summer 2020 and the final performances given in late 2020 or early 2021.

Sound Pioneers full details and application info (opens PDF)

Heloise Tunstall-Behrens photo by Brian Slater, courtesy of hcmf//