Calling Kirklees Musicians and Composers: Can you create the sound identity for Kirklees Year of Music 2023?

OWe are preparing for Kirklees Year of Music 2023 (KYOM23) and offering micro-commissions to Kirklees musicians and composers to create the essential Kirklees “sound identity”.

KYOM23 is working with Saving Grace founder Nigel Cudjoe to organize a series of seven micro-commissions. Each order will be for a 30 second piece of original music that represents what Kirklees means to the musician/composer. The call encourages anyone creating original music – experienced composers, chamber beatmakers, high school choirs, garage bands, ensembles or orchestras, radical recorders or spoon specialists – to get involved.

Composers will need to be able to perform their compositions for the recording, however, if studio facilities are required, these will be provided to you free of charge. Additionally, you will receive a royalty for your work which will be licensed to Kirklees for use in their KYOM23 promotional campaigns and in the future.

Successful orders will be used for an exciting range of advertising campaigns from public events, web and radio advertisements to video and film productions and more, all to promote Kirklees Year of Music 2023 and Kirklees in the future.

The application deadline is August 15, 2022 and the organized selection process will be completed by mid-September 2022.

Kirklees Year of Music in 2023 is a unique, place-based cultural change program initiated and led by Kirklees Council. Through investments in the district’s diverse musical talent, communities and businesses, the year-long program of major events and sustainable initiatives will strengthen Kirklees’ music ecology from its roots.

Nigel Cudjoe, Founder of Saving Grace, which organizes the Sound Identities Project, said: “We are thrilled to hear submissions for Sound Identities and to hear what the talented musical residents of Kirklees are creating. If you want to get involved, you can draw inspiration from anywhere in your community, environment or childhood memories.

“The Kirklees Year of Music 2023 harnesses the unique power of making and enjoying music to bring people together; so what better way to leave your mark than to play your part in creating the soundtrack!”

Councilor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees added: “We are truly delighted to be working with the Saving Grace Collective on this exciting project. It is so important that we have opportunities for people in our region to develop their professional skills in the music industry, and initiatives like this are fantastic for learning new skills, understanding your potential and developing your career. . We are very excited to see the work produced from this initiative.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the KYOM 2023 website. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2022.

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