APPLICATION PROCESS

DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 15, 2019

Applications are in three categories: performer, composer, and open project. We accept applications from all artists who work with sound, for example: composers, acoustic instrumentalists, improvisers, mixed and multimedia artists, electronic artists, etc. Both Canadian and international applicants are welcome.

This edition of the lab unfortunately does not allow for pieces of indefinite length, such as installations. The length of all works created for the Lab must not be longer than 7 minutes.

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

IMPORTANT DATES

Dates of MCML workshop: June 5th - June 16th, 2019

Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
Acceptance Notification: February 5, 2019
Participation Fee Deadline: February 15, 2019
Pairing Notification: March 1, 2019
Score Submission Deadline: May 1, 2019

There is no application fee.

FEES & PAYMENT

A $275 CAN fee is obligatory for participation in the Lab and is to be paid by February 15, 2019* upon a successful application. We accept payments by the following methods:

  • Interac email transfer to the Montréal Contemporary Music Lab. labomontreal@gmail.com. This is our preferred method of payment!

  • Paypal plus 5% transaction fee to the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab.

*The participation fee will increase to $300 for all payments made after February 15, 2019.

SELECTION PROCESS

While we would like to accept as many applicants as possible, we can accommodate a maximum of 40 participants and must maintain a balance between the different categories of participants 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 strives to create pairings that best meet the interests and comfort levels of participants as described during the application process.

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

We are an inclusive organisation and welcome everyone, regardless of their academic experience, cultural or ethnic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, age, and disability. 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 (500-1000 words) briefly explaining your artistic practice, and why you are applying to the Lab.


PERFORMERS : musicians who perform music

PLEASE ALSO SUBMIT:

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

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

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

Pre-formed ensembles are encouraged to apply. Please note, however, that each member will be required to submit an individual application and pay individual tuition fees.  Individual ensemble members may be asked to play in other paired groups.


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.


Open Project: propose something to us!

This category is aimed at developing work from individuals or groups who have a specific idea they would like a chance to explore. For consideration, proposals must include a clear description and motivation along with supportive documentation.

Some examples of previous projects include:

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

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

  3. Ensembles working with interactive scores and performative sound-art installations.

Note: Open Project applicants may be asked to perform in another project during the course of the Lab. 

Please also submit:

  1. A project proposal (750 words max). Indicate whether you would like to include other participants from the lab, either performers and/or composers, and your ideal instrumentation.

  2. 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 you think it would be helpful.

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

Pre-formed ensembles are encouraged to apply. Please note, however, that each member will be required to submit an individual application and pay individual tuition fees.  Individual ensemble members may be asked to play in other paired groups.


vOLUNTEER

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