Sound and Music seeks Curator for project celebrating UK black composers and creators of new music

Timeframe: November 2018 – January 2019

Deadline for Applications: 2pm, 31st October 2018

Fee: £1000

Sound and Music is seeking a curator for a fixed-period project that seeks to explore and amplify the work of black composers in the UK. Issues considered might include aesthetics, histories, technologies, politics, gender and sexuality, questions of diaspora and identity, or any other themes pertinent to the chosen music. Published digitally via the British Music Collection platform, the work will also reflect on the politics of the collection – its presences and absences – as well as the possibilities it contains as a future-focused archive.

The UK is a diverse and multi-racial society to which black composers have been making valuable contributions for decades. From dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson or jazz pioneer Courtney Pine (CBE), to internationally renowned classical composers Hannah Kendall and Eleanor Alberga, not to mention the enormous explosion of grime in the UK with artists such as Wiley (MBE), Stormzy, Skepta and growing numbers of others - the influence of black composers and music creators is all around us.

The theme of the project is open, and we encourage applicants to think creatively around the topic. This project forms part of Sound and Music’s work marking Black History Month.

If you would like this call in another format, please contact us.

The project will consist of:

• a minimum of 5 new pieces of content for the British Music Collection website which could consist of written articles, audio, video or photography or a combination of these

• a public presentation of the work via the british Music Collection online and posts on Sound and Music’s Instagram account

• The project will involve a period of research at Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield (one expenses paid visit with an overnight stay).

We particularly welcome proposals that feature composers working today and that attend to the ongoing challenges around gender equality in new music.  

Applications are welcome from composers, writers, researchers and artists at any stage in their career

Sound and Music will assist with research, networks, proofreading and will offer general support throughout the project.

About the Collection:

The British Music Collection consists of over 60,000 scores and recordings from 20th and 21st century British composers as well as books, programme notes and photos. It is based at the University of Huddersfield and also exists online at

Staff the University of Huddersfield are able to answer enquiries about the physical materials in the Collection via email, phone or in person. Otherwise, research should be conducted independently, although Sound and Music will be happy to assist wherever possible.

The financial support includes:

• Agreed expenses for travel and accommodation to visit Heritage Quay

• £1000 for research and creation of content

Timings for the project

2pm October 31st 2018 Deadline for applications

10th November 2018 Notification of applicants

30th January 2019 Deadline for project to be completed (all content uploaded and live)

Previous British Music Collection curation projects include:

• ‘Unpredictable Series’ a series of talking heads videos tracing the history of free improvisation in London and its contemporary context by Blanca Regina

• ‘Music and Disability’ by Ailis Ni Riain including transcribed interviews and videos of performances of flexibly scored pieces

‘Sound Travels’ by Sarah Sayeed – a series of articles exploring women and travel in the context of new music

We encourage curators to invite new composers to create profiles on the British Music Collection.

Selection process

A panel of Sound and Music staff will select one successful applicant.

Sound and Music is committed to working with individuals representative of wider society in terms of gender, ethnicity, disability, socio-economic background and other marginalised and/or disadvantaged groups.

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please complete the form here:

You will be asked to include:

• c.200 words about yourself

• An example of your written work (we will also consider audio and visual documentary work such as podcasts, interviews and short films)

• A statement of no more than 1 side of A4 addressing the following questions:

1. What is your proposed theme for the project?

2. Do you have experience in creating or uploading online content including social media?

• You will also be asked to complete Sound and Music’s equal opportunities form

Sound and Music’s vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators

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