The zerOclassikal project has been a platform for emerging musicians from diverse heritages developing ‘British SACC (south Asian contemporary classical)’ musicianship, offering a radical approach by facilitating progressions, experiments and developments in the genre since 2013. The project challenges the conventions of ‘traditional’ labels of south Asian music by making sense of the contemporary that surrounds it.
Our project supports a very critical area in the SACC genre and UK contemporary classical music sector – of a generation of growing young musicianship trained from conservatoire standard teaching institutions but for whom professional development infrastructures have been limited.
Commissioning of new work has been our main activity, a genre innovation enabling progressive artistic interventions. In the last five years we have commissioned nine full length new works touring them to six national destinations of a touring circuit that we built ourselves, while our monthly showcases have platformed emerging artists and work in progress commissions as part of our Artist Development programme – aiming to build industry hitherto not existent due to culture and sector issues forming barriers to involvement. The programme has also supported a successful Sky Award and individual ACE funded tours for many artists.. more here
We are now entering our second phase with new commissions, re-launching our regular showcases, increase touring, setting up artist management and a recording label.
Open call for commission proposals
Divergence is a new series from zerOclassikal…acknowledging south Asian classical music in contemporary change, progress, transition and influence.
The deadline for applications is – 4 May 2021.
What we are looking for?
We want to commission eight new works for any instrumentation using south Asian classical raga system as the basis.
Four full length pieces – 35/45 min – up to four instruments/voices
Four short length pieces – 15/30 min – up to three instruments/voices
The completed commissioned pieces will perform for live streamed performance; studio recorded; and ready for touring when Covid environments are eased.
Who can apply
Divergence is open to all professional UK based and trained music artists
whose main musical form is south Asian classical music or
have career targeted training in south Asian classical music
We are keen to receive proposals from women music artists who we are aware are under-represented in the sector.
What we offer
Full length pieces will receive
12 week period to complete your piece
Short length pieces will receive
8 week period to complete your piece
Both pieces will receive
Mentorship in any area of your choice – such as composition, structure, dramaturgy or any other area that can be mutually agreed. We have a pool of highly experienced and authoritative consultants, some of whom lead Conservatoire teaching.
Rehearsal period. We will get your piece ready for performance and touring by providing space, musicians (of your choice) and production support.
Studio recording of your completed piece for release on the zerOclassikal label. We will negotiate a separate and additional recording terms for release.
How to apply
Please use the online form below. You can download our Microsoft version of the application form here to draft you application before completing the online form.
Although we prefer you to use the online form you may submit the Word form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
12 April Submission process opens
4 May Deadline for submission
14 May Commissions announced
21 May Agreements signed
19 July Delivery of short length pieces
16 August Delivery of full length pieces
Date TBC Rehearsal, performance & recording
The deadline for applications is 4 May 2021
If you need support filling in your application, we’re happy to help on the phone. Just shoot us an email to arrange an appointment – email@example.com
Out of fairness to other applicants, we are unable to give detailed advice about your proposal. However, access support is available for all applications and we can answer brief, factual questions regarding the submission process by email.
Gem Arts (Gateshead/Newcastle), Essex Cultural Diversity Project, South Asian Arts UK (Leeds), Collage Arts & Brunel Arts
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