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Call for Proposals: Curator Google Cultural
Institute/British Music Collection

Sound and Music have a new development plan in place for the British Music Collection designed to open up the archive to become a 21st century tool for artists and audiences to discover the story of British contemporary music. These are exciting times for the Collection as we open up all of the music and stories for a wider audience.

We are currently seeking a curator for our first exhibition on Google Cultural Institute. The theme for this exhibition will be the New Voices composers. We are accepting expressions of interest from composers at any stage in their career for this opportunity, although we anticipate awarding this opportunity to a ‘New Voice’ composer.

The British Music Collection is a remarkable resource consisting of over 30,000 scores and recordings from contemporary British composers based at the University of Huddersfield and made accessible worldwide via a new online archive (currently in development).

New Voices has been re-launched but was created as a programme run by the British Music Information Centre (BMIC) and focused on showcasing young British emerging composers.

Sound and Music will create new online profiles on the British Music Collection website for all New Voices composers in order to showcase their work to audiences both in the UK and internationally.

In April 2014, 30 new and emerging British composers will join New Voices for the first time, each alumni of the organisation’s artist residency programmes ‘Embedded’ and ‘Portfolio.’

The financial support for the opportunity includes:

  • agreed expenses for any required travel and accommodation outside of London
  • a bursary of £1000 for research and creation of



The opportunity is to curate an exhibition for Google Cultural Institute that can be launched alongside the newly designed website and relaunched New Voices scheme in April 2014.


The Development Process

This is also a developmental opportunity for a composer-curator, with the opportunity to engage with the contents of the British Music Collection in a unique and in-depth way.  Curatorial/exhibition design/research/copywriting skills will also be developed, with support from Sound and Music.


Timings for the project:

Noon, Thursday 27 February                                   Deadline for applications

Tuesday 4 March                                                   Notification of successful applicant

April 2014 (Date TBC)                                               Launch of BMC website and GCI exhibition 


Selection Process

A selection panel will select one successful applicant based on the application (no interviews). The selection panel will consist of Sound and Music staff.  



  • you must be a British Citizen or resident in the UK
  • you must not be in full time undergraduate education
  • this must represent a significant development opportunity for you
  • a composer engaged in a current Sound and Music project (e.g. Adopt a Composer, Composer-Curator, Touring, Higher Education Programme) may apply to a residency in a different scheme and vice versa. E.g. you can take up a Portfolio or Embedded residency at the same time as another project


How to apply

If you wish to apply, please complete the online form available here: https://www.tfaforms.com/318971

You will be asked to include:

  1. Your CV and worklist (as one document, 2 sides maximum)
  2. Biography (in less than 200 words)
  3. A statement of no more than 1
    side of A4 addressing the following:
    1. How would you approach curating the New Voices exhibition?
    2. How do you feel you would benefit from it?
    3. What are your other commitments for the period February – May 2014?
    4. A completed equal opportunities form


Deadline for applications: Noon, Thursday 27th February 2014

Late applications cannot be considered

We will acknowledge receipt of your application automatically when you submit your online form.

Sound and Music’s vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators. Our work includes composer and artist support and development, partnerships with a range of organisations, live events and audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education. We champion new music and the work of British composers and artists, and seek to ensure that they are at the heart of cultural life and enjoyed by many.

For further information please visit http://soundandmusic.org/projects/developing-british-music-collection

For any queries please contact
Angharad Cooper at Sound and Music on  angharad.cooper@soundandmusic.org 

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If you have any queries with regards to the Composer-Curator Programme or feedback for us then please get in touch via info@soundandmusic.org 

The next round of applications will be happening in November 2013 for activity commencing at the earliest in April 2014.


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