Berliner Künstlerprogramm – deadline approaching FAST

A jury annually selects approximately 20 international guests for the Berliner Künstlerprogramm. Artists in the fields of literature, film and music may apply.

Funds are provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin and by the Berlin Senate. Each year, approximately 15 to 20 internationally known and well-qualified young visual artists and writers and composers from abroad are invited to spend 12 months in Berlin (6 months in exceptional cases). The grant for filmmakers is limited to a 6-month stay.

In Berlin, artists have the opportunity to continue their work undisturbed and to participate actively in the city’s cultural life. The aim of this programme is to promote exchange of experience among artists and to foster their involvement with current cultural issues in other countries.

Through numerous internal meetings and a variety of events which are carried out in cooperation with local cultural institutions (galleries, museums and exhibition halls, radio stations, universities, the Akademie der Künste, Literarisches Colloquium, Literaturhaus, Berliner Festspiele, Künstlerhaus Bethanien etc.), the Berliner Künstlerprogramm endeavours to establish contacts with local artists and personalities involved in the city’s cultural life.

Under certain conditions, the DAAD may subsidise specific projects (exhibitions, shows, publications, readings, translations); in each case, this requires special permission from the director of the
programme. The invitations are issued in conjunction with grants that allow for an adequate standard of living. Guests of the programme will be provided with furnished flats and work spaces (studios) in Berlin.

For more information and an application form visit
The deadline is 1 January 2011, so you will need to move very quickly!

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is a residency for composers and performers of contemporary music at one of the foremost US contemporary art museums. The Festival is dedicated entirely to adventurous contemporary music. We will write it. We will perform it. We will think about it and we will talk about it. We will spend three weeks immersed in recent music that has changed the world. Composers will have new works performed by festival ensembles. Players will perform in ensembles sitting alongside the faculty. There will be daily recitals in the museum galleries and major concerts on the weekends. The Festival also includes music business, technology, and art seminars, Balinese and Latin music seminars, an Orchestra of original instruments, improvisation, and more.

The faculty will be drawn from among the most innovative musicians of our time: Gregg August, bass; David Cossin, percussion; Michael Gordon, composition; David Lang, composition; Brad Lubman, conducting; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Todd Reynolds, violin; Christine Southworth, gamelan; Mark Stewart, guitar; Ken Thomson, saxophone/clarinet; Julia Wolfe, composition; Evan Ziporyn, clarinet and composition; and more special guests!

The Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA is located in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in Western Massachusetts. MASS MoCA presents exhibitions and performances by renowned artists and cultural institutions, but it also is a place where the process of creativity is explored. Bang on a Can is thrilled to work with them in building a bridge between the arts.

Contact: Bang on a Can, 80 Hanson Pl., #701 Brooklyn, NY 11217, + 718-852-7755,
Application Deadline: January 17, 2011

Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival was featured on PBS. See the NewsHour segment here:

The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong

April 25th – May 8th, 2011 Hong Kong (Inaugural season)

Hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Science at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST),
The Intimacy of Creativity is a first of its kind, annual two-week Partnership devoted to promoting an intimate dialogue between composers and performers. Selected composers will present and, if necessary, revise their chamber music compositions after in- depth discussions between composers and performers during on-campus rehearsals sessions. The revised compositions will be formally presented in concerts at the Tsang Shiu Tim Art Hall on the campus of HKUST (Clear Water Bay) and at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (downtown Hong Kong).

The theme of the Partnership this season is Arts and Science, celebrating the life and scientific achievements of Albert Einstein, coinciding with the exhibit of Einstein in Hong Kong April– August 2011 presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong, swissnex China, the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Education Bureau of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and HKUST. The Partnership will also highlight the twentieth anniversary of the founding of HKUST and will be presented in collaboration with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble.

Most of the Partnership discussions will take place at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, a world-class university set on a beautiful hillside campus facing the Pacific Ocean.

Partnership Artistic Director: Bright Sheng
Distinguished Guest Composer: Yehudi Wyner (winner, Pulitzer Prize)
Distinguished Guest Artist: John Bruce Yeh (acting principal clarinet, Chicago Symphony)
Ensemble-in-Residence: Daedalus Quartet (Grand Prize winner, Banff International String
Quartet Competition)

Up to six emerging composers between the age of 25 and 35 will be selected. Round-trip airfare, accommodations and a per diem will be provided to the composers by the Partnership. Composers
applying for the Partnership MUST be comfortable having their compositions discussed and be willing to make necessary revisions before the final public concert presentations.

Composers-in-Residence One or two composers may be invited to serve as Composer-in-Residence at HKUST for the 2011–2012 academic year.

The Compositions A chamber music composition, 10–15 minutes in duration, for up to five performers from the following list of instruments: 2 violins, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, and piano.

Application Deadline
February 1, 2011 is the deadline for receipt of applications. Each composer may submit up to three chamber music compositions for consideration, but only one work from each composer will be selected and presented. Each submission should include: 1) a copy of the score; 2) a set of professionally prepared parts for each work submitted; 3) a short CV, including date of birth and names and contact information for two professional references. Though not necessary, the composer may also send
accompanying performance recordings of the works submitted, if available. CD format is preferred. Selected composers will be informed by March 1, 2011.

The 2011 Partnership In collaboration with the Swiss government’s celebration of the life and scientific achievements of Albert Einstein, the theme of the 2011 Partnership is Arts and Science, exploring the link between artistic creativity and scientific discovery, coinciding with the exhibit of Einstein in Hong Kong April–August 2011. This event will include lectures on the subject of Einstein delivered by pre-eminent scientists at the time of the Partnership. Although it is not a requirement, we encourage composers to submit compositions inspired by the theme of the 2011 Partnership.

Application Address
The Bright Sheng Partnership:
Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong
c/o Clara So
Room 3331
School of Humanities and Social Science
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon