Divergence is our new series of commissioning south Asian classical music in contemporary change, progress, transition and influence.

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.

see our previous commissions here

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 – CLOSED

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
  • £4000
  • 12 week period to complete your piece

Short length pieces will receive
  • £2000
  • 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.

Key information
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 divergencesubmissions@zeroclassikal.org.uk


12 April  Submission process opens

10  May  Extended Deadline for submission

17 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  CLOSED

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    – contact@zeroclassikal.org.uk

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.

Our partners

Gem Arts (Gateshead/Newcastle), Essex Cultural Diversity Project, South Asian Arts UK (Leeds), Collage Arts & Brunel Arts


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