Emerging Composer Scheme

The CMC Emerging Composer scheme provides supports and professional development opportunities to emerging composers, as a foundation programme for future Associate Representation. It is aimed at those who are at the early stages of a career as a professional composer. A maximum of two composers per annum are offered support as CMC Emerging Composers. The composers are selected by an independent panel on an annual basis. To be considered for the Emerging Composers scheme, composers must meet the eligibility requirements set out below and use the application form supplied here.

Entitlements

CMC Emerging Composers will receive mentoring and professional development opportunities in an individualised programme created in conjunction with the Contemporary Music Centre over a period of time.

Eligibility

The Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland offers various categories of representation to any eligible composer/music maker working in the area of contemporary art music (see scope below) at a professional level, where music forms the primary focus of their practice, and who was born or has been permanently domiciled on the island of Ireland for five years or longer consecutively.

Scope

The Contemporary Music Centre supports a very wide range of composition:

  • Notated composition
  • Electroacoustic music
  • Electronics
  • Sound art & Radio Art
  • Experimental
  • Installation sound
  • Multimedia, web and film music
  • Educational music

Please note that CMC at present cannot support popular and rock music, especially of commercial importance, and folk and traditional music.

Application Process

A maximum of two composers per annum are offered support as CMC Emerging Composer. The composers are selected by an independent panel on an annual basis. Applications submitted before 5pm on Thursday 28 November will be considered when the panel meets in December 2019.
 

To be considered for the Emerging Composers scheme, composers must meet the eligibility requirements set out below and use the application form supplied here.  

Applicants must demonstrate a proven commitment to composition as a major focus and are able to establish that they have produced a minimum of four works (of at least 5 minutes duration) which meet the following criteria.

To satisfy the criteria, evidence must be provided that each work meets one of the following conditions:

i. has received a public performance or broadcast by a professional or amateur ensemble, broadcaster, soloist or curator who is independent of the applicant, or an installation in a venue open to the public;

  • At least two works submitted should have received performances by a professional ensemble/soloist (i.e. if all four works have received performances by amateur artists, you may only use two of these as evidence for your application).
  • It is permitted to submit four works which have been performed by the same professional ensemble/soloist.
  • ‘Professional’ is interpreted as indicating that the performing artists were paid an appropriate professional fee. This is assessed at the discretion of the selection panel.

ii. has been commissioned (financially) by a commissioning body which is independent of the applicant; 


  • the same commissioning body may only be used as evidence for one of the four works (i.e. if you have received three commissions from the same individual or organisation, you may use only one as evidence to support your application) 


iii. has been produced as the result of the receipt of a competitive and open financial grant; 


iv. has been released on a commercial recording, or as sheet music, or as a new media publication, by an established publisher which is independent of the applicant; 


  • the same recording may only be used as evidence for two of the four works in your application

  • artists who rely exclusively on self-publishing should firstly attempt to meet the eligibility criteria using alternative conditions; should your work not satisfy other criteria, please contact the Contemporary Music Centre to discuss your application

v. has been the winner of an established and open competition, prize or award;

  • in selected prestigious awards, achieving a highly commended, finalist status or other place may be considered as meeting this eligibility criterion

Interested artists must complete a formal application form and supply the supporting documents outlined in the check-list, which will be subject to review and approval by the CMC during periodic assessment rounds.