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Application Process

This year we are accepting applications from all artists who create music. These artists may identify as (but are not limited to) composers, acoustic instrumentalists, improvisors, mixed and multimedia artists, and electronic artists from Montreal and abroad. You may apply either as a performer, composer, or you may propose a special project. If you have questions about where you fit into this, please scroll down and read the category descriptions. If you still have questions, please contact us.

This edition of the lab unfortunately does not allow for pieces of indefinite length, such as installations. Sound artists are encouraged to apply if their work can be adapted to a 6-10 minute piece.

This year the lab will take place from 4 August- 13 August, 2017.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 15 March 2017

There is no application fee.

The cost of participation is $250 CAD. This provides entry to all workshops, masterclasses, concerts, and lunches. Housing can be provided upon request.

To apply: You will find a link to your online application under your corresponding category below. No hard copies will be accepted. If you have any questions, please contact us at labomontreal@gmail.com

SELECTION PROCESS

While we would like to accept as many applicants as possible, we can accommodate a maximum of 30 participants and must maintain a balance between the different categories within the Lab.

The Montreal Contemporary Music Lab is aimed at emerging artists, and applications will be assessed primarily based on the perceived benefit to the participant. As a result, the written letter of intent is the most important element of the application.

The selection committee includes members of MCML’s organisational team and invited guest artists.

We are an inclusive organisation and welcome applications from everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, economic background, disability, etc. If you have questions about accessibility, please email us at labomontreal@gmail.com.

ALL APPLICANTS

Please prepare:

1. Your curriculum vitae

2. A written Letter of Intent (maximum 500 words) briefly explaining your artistic practice.

3. A written statement of what you would like to get out of the lab (500 words).

PERFORMERS : musicians who perform music

Please also submit:

1. Two recent recordings with a total duration of 10-20 minutes

  • At least one of the works should be written in the last 50 years.
  • Recordings can be of solo or chamber music projects

While recordings demonstrating performance of contemporary music are preferable, we are still willing to accept applicants interested in the workshop without a recording of a recent work. If this is your first contemporary music experience, please let us know in your letter of intent what has inspired you to apply.

We also welcome applications from pre-formed ensembles. Please apply in the same way as individual performers. Keep in mind that  you will also participate in the lab as individuals for another project in addition to your  project as  an ensemble.

For improvisors, while applications with recordings of improvisations are preferred, we will accept candidates with little or no experience with improvisation. If this is your first experience with improvised music, please let us know in your letter of intention what has inspired you to apply.

We also welcome applications from pre-formed ensembles. Please apply in the same way as individual performers. Keep in mind that  you will also participate in the lab as individuals for another project in addition to your  project as  an ensemble.

 

COMPOSERS: musicians who write music

Please also submit:

1. Two scores of recently composed works.

  • One of the scores should be for a maximum of three performers.  Works demonstrating solo writing are encouraged.

2. Recordings of the works submitted.

 

Special Project: propose something to us!

This category is aimed at welcoming the ideas of individual or groups who have a specific idea they would like a chance to explore, and can be treated as a residency. Some examples:

1. An improvisor who would like to explore an improvisation technique. If you like, we can provide you with other improvisers to fill out an ensemble.

2. An instrument builder that would like their instrument to be played during the course of the lab.

3. An ensemble that would like to have dedicated time to develop a project, and put repertoire together.

Please also submit:

1. Documentation of two recent performances or projects either solo or small group (audio, video, PDF, etc). Please indicate whether it was pre-composed or improvised, and specify your role in its creation. Please also include any written information like a score, or description if it would be helpful.

2.  Please include a short proposal (500-1000 words). Indicate whether you would like to include other participants from the lab, either performers and/or composers, and your ideal instrumentation.

3. A detailed list of technical needs (if applicable)

  • Please consult our technical rider for a complete list of our resources and information about our studio and exhibition spaces. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide necessary materials for the creation or presentation of the project not provided by the Lab.

For improvisors, while applications with recordings of improvisations are preferred, we will accept candidates with little or no experience with improvisation. If this is your first experience with improvised music, please let us know in your letter of intention what has inspired you to apply.

We also welcome applications from pre-formed ensembles. Please apply in the same way as individual performers. Keep in mind that  you will also participate in the lab as individuals for another project in addition to your  project as  an ensemble.

 

VOLUNTEER

We are always looking for volunteers to assist during the lab. If interested, please contact labomontreal@gmail.com.