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.
ARRAY X ECCG: Music Creators’ Workshop featuring the gamelan degung of ECCG
- Application Deadline: April 22, 2022
- Workshop Dates: May 30 to June 30, 2022
The Music Creators’ Workshop provides mentorship through creative mentorship/workshopping and career development sessions that also serve to build friendship among participants.
The 2022 edition of the workshop features Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan (ECCG) as the resident ensemble. Selected participants will work closely with ECCG members and guest mentors Arya Deva and Linda Smith on ECCG’s bespoke gamelan degung made in West Java, Indonesia. Applicants are not required to have prior experience writing for gamelan.
Four music creators will be selected to work closely with ECCG and guest mentors as they develop new pieces, and each piece (or work in progress) will be presented publicly in the final stage of the workshop. Upon selection, artists will get a focused introduction to the instruments of ECCG’s degung, followed by a period for developing ideas for their piece. The workshop will proceed to intensive twice-weekly rehearsal sessions with the ensemble and mentors in order to try out and refine ideas from each participant.
Organizers will also coordinate roundtables and artist talks to supplement the rehearsal-based workshopping, including a symposium which will focus on various themes from the history and present context of the gamelan and wider percussion practices.
Electronics: organizers will be able to facilitate stereo diffusion/playback. Some equipment (microphones, cabling) can be made available to support live electronics/processing, however, applicants interested in live electronics should be prepared to provide a suitable audio interface, computer, and software and be prepared to run their electronics.
Travel and COVID-19 Considerations/contingencies:
Our hope is to deliver the workshop with participants joining us in Toronto, however accommodations will be made for folks who are not able to travel. Additionally, the workshop can be adjusted to facilitate an entirely virtual experience if required—including the possibility of working with a subset of the gamelan.
Venue and accessibility:
The workshop will be hosted at the Arrayspace—on the second floor of 155 Walnut Avenue, in Toronto. The building entrance can be accessed by a ramp. Once inside there is an elevator and staircase leading to the second floor (location of Arrayspace). Washrooms are available on the main floor (there are gender neutral, and wheelchair accessible washrooms). The venue is within walking distance of two frequent service public transit routes (Queen and King streetcars).
- Sound/music should be an established feature of your artistic practice
- You are comfortable learning about and creating for a kind of ensemble (degung) which may have instruments and musical and aesthetic approaches which are different from your practice.
- International applicants are welcome and encouraged to apply
- This is a voluntary workshop. There is no application or participation fee.
- The jury will prioritize applicants with limited career experiences
Using the online form, applicants will provide:
- An artist resume, CV, or biography
- Streaming audio/video: performances/presentations of two previous works
- Optional: if streaming audio/video samples are based on notated, graphical, instructional, text, and/or software scores, or other documentation, feel free to include appropriate links or uploaded PDF material. This is helpful to the jury, particularly if you plan to incorporate these techniques/methods should you be selected for the workshop.
- Short statement (maximum 100 words): Briefly tell us about your current artistic interests. What is important to you in your process and/or the works you create?
- Other information (optional): you are welcome to mention additional information that would be helpful to the jury/organizers, including logistical or technical requirements that would enable your work, material you would bring/provide as part of your creative process, etc.
- April 22: Application Deadline
- April 29: Confirmation of participants
- May 30/31: Introductory session with the Gamelan (in-person OR online)
- May 30-31
- June 13-14
- June 20-21
- June 27-28
- June 30, public presentation
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 your application form.
How to Apply:
Interested composers should apply via email to [email protected] with “Young Composers Workshop Submission” in the subject line.
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 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.