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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CURATOR

Arraymusic is shifting our artistic leadership model away from a single Artistic Director to a more diverse group of specialized curators, while still providing the experienced artistic, production, and administrative oversight necessary to successfully create and execute compelling and coherent artistic programming consistent with Array’s organizational vision over the short- and long-terms. 

Over time, we will be recruiting three curators with staggered three-year terms. Each curator will program an annual series that Arraymusic will produce through the course of their term. This call is to recruit the first of these new Curators.

PROCESS

At this time, we are asking applicants to submit their CV and a brief 1 or 2 paragraph series concept. We will then create a short list of applicants who will be asked to develop a more detailed series concept to be presented to the selection committee, for which they will be paid $500.The committee consists of the current Artistic Director David Schotzko and select members of the Arraymusic Board of Directors.

Submission Deadline: Monday, January 16, 2023.

Anticipated Interviews: late January/early February 2023

Final Selection & Notification: February 2023

COMPENSATION: $6000/annually (i.e., $2000/per event X 3 events)

CONTRACT PERIOD: July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2026 (a total of 3 Arraymusic seasons)

ROLE OVERVIEW
Reporting to the Board of Directors, Arraymusic’s Curators will work closely with the General Director and artistic staff to curate three events annually, beginning in the 2023-24 season and continuing through 2025-26. 

The ideal candidate will be a practicing artist or curator working in a performance-based discipline with experience in event curation (either through their own performances or through curating others), and a demonstrated history of experimental work within their field. 

We are actively seeking proposals for new series that do not focus on notated “classical” music, and we are excited to encourage applicants from non-Eurocentric disciplines and genres outside of traditional definitions of music (for example: sound or installation art; performance art; new media; other). The Array Ensemble Concert Series will not be curated through this call.


RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conceive and program a new series featuring 3 events annually from 2023|24 through 2025|2026 (the Array Space is a preferred venue for performances, but proposals for site-specific works are welcome);
  • Work with the General Director to oversee series production and to manage an anticipated annual programming budget of $4,000-$6,000 (in addition to the curatorial compensation); 
  • Work with the General Director, and/or others, to prepare program descriptions for publicity and fundraising purposes;
  • Seek out collaboration opportunities with other organizations;
  • Attend series events and participate in the larger Arraymusic community.

ABOUT ARRAYMUSIC

Arraymusic’s mission is to ignite and sustain a passion for contemporary Canadian musical art within an equitable, international, interdisciplinary context. Three interrelated programs define what Array does, why we do it and how we realize our artistic, organizational, and community-based goals:

  1. Array’s Contemporary Music Program produces, presents and supports diverse work on the cutting edges of current musical/sound art practice;
  2. Array’s Creative Music Hub utilizes the Array Space to foster a thriving, inclusive contemporary music and art scene; and
  3. Array For All engages diverse and equity seeking audiences through innovative programs.

Learn more about Arraymusic at arraymusic.ca

For questions regarding this call please contact [email protected]

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

APPLY HERE

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.

2022|23 • CALLING EMERGING COMPOSERS!

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1/23
  • WORKSHOP DATES: MAY 8 – JUNE 3
  • INSTRUMENTATION: 4 INSTRUMENTS TBA
  • MENTOR: LINDA CATLIN SMITH
  • ASSOCIATE MENTOR: BRUCE A. RUSSELL

Arraymusic’s Young Composers’ Workshop provides mentorship for emerging composers through creative workshopping, composition seminars, and individual lessons. 

Four music creators will be selected to work closely with The Array Ensemble and composer mentors Linda Catlin Smith and Bruce A. Russell to develop new pieces (or works-in-progress) to be presented publicly in the final stage of the workshop. Upon selection, artists receive intensive twice-weekly rehearsal sessions with Array’s ensemble and mentors, allowing each participant to try out and refine ideas. Participants are able to book private lessons with Linda.

Composition Seminars occur weekly and include presentations by the participants, so they get to know each other’s work, and presentations by the mentors.

The workshop provides an opportunity for composers to work closely with professional musicians, to learn about the instruments in greater detail, and to take the time to experiment with techniques, sounds, timbral combinations and other considerations.   

TRAVEL AND COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS/CONTINGENCIES

Our hope is to deliver the workshop with participants joining us in Toronto, however the workshop can be adjusted to facilitate an entirely virtual experience, if required.

 VENUE & ACCESSIBILITY

Array’s workshop will be hosted at The Array Space—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 Array Space). Washrooms are available on the main floor (these are gender neutral, and wheelchair accessible). The venue is within walking distance of two frequent service public transit routes (Queen and King streetcars).

ELIGIBILITY

  • Sound/music should be an established feature of your artistic 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.
  • Successful applicants are responsible for their own accommodation and travel.

HOW TO APPLY 

Interested composers should submit application materials via email to David Schotzko ([email protected]) with “Young Composers Workshop Submission” in the subject line.

These are the Application Requirements:

  • An artist resume, CV, or biography .
  • Streaming audio/video: performances/presentations of two previous works. 
  • Recommended: 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.

WORKSHOP TIMELINE (2023)

  • MARCH 1: Application Deadline 
  • MARCH 17: Confirmation of participants 
  • MAY 8: Workshop begins
  • JUNE 3: Public presentation


IBPOC COMPOSER FELLOWSHIP

Arraymusic offers limited financial assistance to composers self-identifying as Indigenous, Black, or Persons of Colour in order to help offset the costs of participating in the sessions. This includes lodging expenses and a modest per diem. If you wish to be considered for our Fellowship, please indicate this request in your application.

ABOUT THE MENTORS

LINDA CATLIN SMITH grew up in New York and lives in Toronto. Her music has been performed by: BBC Proms, Tafelmusik, BBC Scottish Orchestra, Tectonics Festival (Glasgow), and many others. Recordings include: Thought and Desire, with Eve Egoyan, and five recordings: Dirt Road, Drifter, Wanderer, Among the Tarnished Stars (with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time) and Ballad, with ‘another timbre’. Recently her string trio Meadow was released on CD with Louth Contemporary Music Society. In 2019, her orchestral work, Nuages, (commissioned by the BBC Proms), was premiered by the BBC Scottish Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall. Her newest orchestral work, Tableau, was premiered recently by the Victoria Symphony in Canada. Her works are available through Composers Edition and the Canadian Music Centre.


BRUCE A. RUSSELL aka Ibrahim El Mahboob (he/him, b. 1968) is a composer and self-taught pianist living and working in Toronto (Tkarón:to, the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat). He studied at York University with James Tenney and Phillip Werren. His early years were spent playing in bands and releasing DIY cassettes of art pop and experimental music, as well as composing predominantly electronic scores for dance, theatre and interdisciplinary productions. Frustrated by systemic racism, personal struggles, and a lack of interest in his work, he stopped seeking a career in music. He continued composing in private, however, sometimes sharing his work through social media. Interest in his work increased in 2020, resulting in performances by Second Note Duo, Prism Percussion, the San Juan Symphony, Idaho Falls Symphony, Grant Park Orchestra and Regina Symphony Orchestra. Arraymusic presented the first full concert of his music in November of that year, and he will be Composer in Residence at Array for three seasons from 2022 through 2025. He has composed new works for Gryphon Trio, the Madawaska Quartet and Thin Edge New Music Collective. He is currently creating music for Ian Kamau’s live multi-media work Loss. He was the host of Radio Music Gallery and has written for Musicworks and I Care if You Listen. His interests are in 20th and 21st century concert music especially postminimalism, and music of the African diaspora.


While the Young Composer’s Workshop is tuition free, Arraymusic offers limited financial assistance to composers self-identifying as Indigenous, Black 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.

Please check back at a later date for our next application intake deadline and information about how to apply.

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
  • CCMC
  • The Glass Orchestra

APPLY

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.

APPLY HERE.

  • “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.”  [1]
    – 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.”  [2]
    – 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.