Arraymusic’s BIPOC Access Program is designed to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour as they rehearse, teach, record and present their work at The Array Space.
If you self-identify as BIPOC and wish to be considered for this program, you can find more information and APPLY HERE.
Arraymusic will review your application and let you know within one month if we are able to assist. Artists may apply once per calendar year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (there is no deadline), but space is limited.
*Remember to allow yourself more than one month lead time from your project start date to apply
Array’s BIPOC Access Program is part of Arraymusic’s Equity Action Plan, which you can read about HERE
Introducing Array’s New Creation Micro-grants!
In 2021|22 Arraymusic is looking to help as many music artists as we can who have been hard hit by the pandemic.
If you are an artist who could use $1,000 in a cash micro-grant plus $1,000 in in-kind support from Arraymusic — a $2,000 total micro-grant — please check back on our program launch date for information about how to apply, the deadline, and our adjudication process.
Arraymusic aims to support a minimum of 10 artists this season, at least 50% of whom will be Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour. And we have commenced fundraising to enable the launch of our new micro-granting initiative.
Our fundraising campaign is called 50+ Friends Who Care.
Also, if you are an artist who knows people who care about music and music artists and who might be in a position to become an Arraymusic Friend Who Cares, then please do share information about our campaign and how to donate with them.
In return for receiving an Arraymusic New Creation Micro-grant, artists we select will be asked to write a new piece of experimental music. Arraymusic will videotape and livestream it to the world in a concert presentation.
PLEASE CHECK BACK JANUARY 15 2022 FOR DETAILS about how you can apply for an Arraymusic New Creation Micro-grant.
Array’s mission to ignite a passion for Canadian contemporary experimental music within an international, interdisciplinary context, and each year Array’s Artistic Director reviews scores submitted by composers from around the world as part of planning future Array Ensemble season’s programming. We pride ourselves on performing works by composers at all stages in their career, from emerging to distinguished, young to old. And, we have always sought out new and under-represented voices whose music may be little known or fall ‘in between’ genres, but which deserves a spotlight.
Array tends to program music commissioned by our Artistic Director which is then written expressly for our virtuosic Array (variable size and instrumentation) Ensemble. However, if you have a work that is similar in instrumentation (piano, percussion, clarinet/s, cello, violin; double bass is possible) and would like Array’s chamber group to perform your work, you are welcome to submit a digital score online.
We also accept submissions for co-presentations of works (that may be multi-disciplinary in nature) which feature exceptional experimental music.
Please contact our Artistic Director [email protected] to enquire.
Composers wishing to submit a score can do so HERE.
Program starts JUNE 2022 – To Be Confirmed
HOW TO APPLY TO THE YOUNG COMPOSERS’ WORKSHOP
Interested composers should apply via email to [email protected] with “Young Composers Workshop Submission” in the subject line; include the following:
- Curriculum vitae
- Two PDF scores of previous works.
- Two recordings as a download or online stream (Soundcloud, WeTransfer, dropbox, Hightail), demonstrating the applicant’s ability to compose for chamber ensemble.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: To Be Announced
TUITION AND FEES
- There are no fees to apply and Array’s program is tuition-free.
- Selected composers are responsible for their own lodging/travel.
BIPOC COMPOSER FELLOWSHIP
Arraymusic offers limited financial assistance to composers self-identifying as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Colour to help offset the costs of participating in the sessions–including lodging expenses and a modest per diem. If you wish to be considered for this Fellowship, please indicate this request in the body of your application email.
While the Young Composer’s Workshop is tuition free, Arraymusic offers limited financial assistance to composers self-identifying as Black, Indigenous, or Persons of Colour to help offset the costs of participating in the sessions–including lodging expenses and a modest per diem.
For details on how to apply to Array’s annual YCWC program, see the Young Composers’ Workshop & Concert/YCWC Program tab above.
This fellowship is part of Arraymusic’s Equity Action Plan, which you can discover HERE.
Applications for Red Sky are not being accepted at this time.
In addition to our co-productions, once a year, Arraymusic selects a talented group of artists, or an artist, to take a ‘residency’ in The Array Space.
The Array Resident Artist Incubator/ARAI Program gifts a significant amount of free and/or subsidized time in our space to selected artists to rehearse, record, livestream, teach, and to present their music and performance art.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year and two groups are selected once annually in July.
Past and current Resident Artist groups have included:
- Thin Edge New Music
- The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
- The Canadian Creative Music Collective
- The Glass Orchestra
Arraymusic prides itself on partnering with other artists working in our contemporary and experimental music communities to co-present events (i.e. concerts, symposiums, workshops).
Just as Arraymusic approaches other new music artists and organizations from time to time requesting they partner with us to co-present an event or mini-festival, artists are welcome to approach our Artistic Director to request that we review a particular project they are working on with a mind to partnering.
Co-presentation partnerships mean that Arraymusic may provide in-kind support such as the gift of one free day in our Array Space to rehearse or co-present an event, production and/or video livestreaming and technical support, and some promotional and marketing support on our social media platforms and/or through direct mail.
To learn more and enquire about co-presenting with Arraymusic this season.
- “At risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth.” 
– National Endowment for the Arts Study Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies by James S. Catterall, University of York, U.K., with Susan A. Dumais, Louisiana State University and Gillian Hampden-Thompson, University of York, U.K.
- “Music brings people together. For a moment, immersed in music, it doesn’t matter where one is from… the trauma or the history or the struggles are forgotten. That’s the magical part of music.” 
– Karen Francis, Executive Director Matthew House, Toronto
- “New research suggests that playing music or singing together may be particularly potent in bringing about social closeness through the release of endorphins… researchers found that performing music—through singing, drumming, and dancing—all resulted in participants having higher pain thresholds (a proxy measure for increased endorphin release in the brain) in comparison to listening to music alone. In addition, the performance of music resulted in greater positive emotion…” 5
– Jill Suttie, Editor Greater Good Magazine – Science Based Insights For A Meaningful Life
Equity is a complex problem in Canada that requires engagement at all levels of our society – from governments and service providers to community participants and Arts & Culture organizations, like Arraymusic.
MusicALL is a new initiative from Arraymusic designed to positively impact young people living in equity-seeking communities through monthly workshops and accessible/affordable concert ticket prices to all Arraymusic produced events.
Arraymusic welcomes all and any new Community Partners working with children and youth at risk to enquire about participating in our outreach program, MusicALL.
CONTACT: Executive Director Sandra Bell at [email protected] to enquire.
Arraymusic’s MusicALL Workshops:
- MusicALL: Making Music For Stories Workshop – Ages 5 to 10 – Children gain an early understanding of the importance of sound in animating stories by helping to bring a story to life themselves using an assortment of fun percussion instruments; guided by an experienced storyteller and musician; presented free of charge; reserve early as workshop size is limited.
- MusicALL: Synthesizer Workshops led by The Frequency Freaks – Ages 12 to 22 – Come to Array’s Space once a month to learn how to play moog synthesizers from the pros. Space is limited so apply early (some seats reserved for BIPOC participants per workshop).
Arraymusic is grateful to MusicALL’s sponsors: The Douglas and Frederick Memorial Trust Foundation, the LOHN Foundation, The SOCAN Foundation, and the arts councils — Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.
Arraymusic is looking for new board members!
If you have always been attracted by the ‘experimental’ in the arts and are looking to explore deeper, then consider joining Arraymusic’s Board of Directors.
Our mission is to ‘Ignite and sustain a passion for the contemporary Canadian musical arts within an international, interdisciplinary context’. Since 1972 Array has championed Canadian composers who have gone on to win international recognition including Linda Catlin Smith, Martin Arnold, Marc Sabat, Cassandra Miller and many others.
Today’s Array produces, presents and supports work on the cutting edges of contemporary music and sound art practice through:
- A program of our own Array Ensemble concerts
- An Array Presents series of artists who share our vision
- Curated series of sound art (Situated Sounds), improvisation (Audiopollination), and multi-disciplinary sound exploration (Interstitial Space).
Our Creative Music Hub utilizes the 1,100 sq. ft. Array Space at 155 Walnut Avenue in the West Queen West neighbourhood to foster a thriving contemporary music and performance art scene, which includes incubating new talent through our Array Resident Artists Incubator/ARAI program. It is one of the few remaining downtown spaces that remains affordable and accessible to music artists.
As part of our Equity Action Plan, we are looking for Board members who can help Arraymusic continue to expand the community of artists we present and the communities we support through our Array Space. We also welcome additional skills in fundraising and finance.
Arraymusic’s board is primarily a ‘governance’ board that meets bi-monthly (6 times per year) for 2 hours. From time to time, directors take on projects to advance our mission that match their interests and skills, in support of our Executive Director Sandra Bell and our Artistic Director David Schotzko.
The current 8-member Array board includes artists, academics and experimental music enthusiasts with expertise in marketing, technology, film and law. As a registered charity, Arraymusic cannot compensate board members for their board work – this is a volunteer position.
Array is committed to a diverse, inclusive, equitable environment where all board members, staff, volunteers, and members feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, and education.
If being part of the future of music in Canada intrigues and excites you, please get in touch with our board chair Mark Wilson at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!