New Music Edmonton and Good Women Dance Collective Summer Solstice Project – Open Call for Proposals

New Music Edmonton and Good Women Dance Collective are calling for proposals for online presentations taking place around the 2021 June Solstice. We will host a 10 to 15-minute performance online each night from c. June 10 thru June 20 at approximately 9:30 PM Mountain Time.

Remuneration: $650 per artist.

What Kinds of Performances?

New Music Edmonton is Edmonton’s premier presenter of experimental, cutting edge music, with a focus on electronic music, free improvisation, avant-classical and multidisciplinary work. Our 35-year history has included hundreds of shows featuring challenging and innovative new creations by local, national and international composers and performers. The mandate of New Music Edmonton includes a commitment to creating a diverse and safe milieu for artists and audiences alike.

We are seeking performances (live-streamed or recorded) featuring original music by amiskwaciy/Edmonton-region musicians and sound artists. Solo, audio-visual and multi-disciplinary performance will all be considered, provided the sound component features work by amiskwaciy/Edmonton-region artists.  

We will also consider short recitals of classical works composed in the past 5 years and performed by amiskwaciy/Edmonton-region musicians. Preference will be given to proposals including works by composers (not necessarily amiskwaciy/Edmonton-based) from underrepresented demographics, including, but not limited to, those who identify as women, trans or non-binary, and/ or Indigenous, Black or a Person of Colour. 

Members of The Good Women Dance Collective will take part in at least five of the events. If you are a musician/ sound artist interested in working with dance, please indicate so on your proposal!

Due to the uncertainties of the pandemic, we strongly recommend restricting your proposal to solo or duo work.  

New Music Edmonton will provide any necessary technical support and equipment for selected projects. Please let us know your technical needs on the application form – there is a space provided. Our Production Manager will be available to ensure the best audio and video quality possible for your projects!

All participants must agree to abide by Covid 19 safety protocols mandated by law and/ or requested by New Music Edmonton. 

You must apply via the Submittables link below. We require contact information, a biography and/ or c.v., a short description of the work you would like to create, and two samples of your work. 

Informal inquiries may be sent to nmegeneralmanagerATgmail.DOTcom

Please visit our Submittables page to submit proposals by May 5, 2021

All applicants will be notified of results no later than May 10, 2021.

New Music Edmonton Equity Statement:

In calling for and reviewing proposals, New Music Edmonton strives for equity and actively seeks out both demographic and stylistic diversity. We recognize that treating all people equally does not guarantee fairness, but can, instead, reinforce extant biases. As such, in contributing to a reliably equitable environment in our own presentations, the arts generally, and society as a whole, we endorse and have adopted policies whose outcomes promote fair distribution of opportunities.

We especially welcome proposals reflecting our equity goals and strongly encourage proposals from all underrepresented demographics. The resultant expansion of perspectives and experiences is necessary in creating a vibrant and representative arts community, which benefits us all.