New Voices 2018 – Reflections On Applicant Data

Followers of Sound and Music’s activity, artists and talent development work will know that, over the last year or so, we have been working on some quite major developments and changes in the way that we recruit composers. We’ve wanted to move away from the partnership-led opportunity model of our previous programmes, Embedded and Portfolio, and move towards a truly artists-first model, and an annual cycle of recruitment to a large and broad single programme, New Voices.

New Voices is an eighteen month bespoke programme of professional and artistic development and audience facing activity. Out of those who applied 26 composers have been selected for interview and 15 will go through to take part in the programme as our first cohort for 2018-19.

We have spoken previously about the need to make this change (see my post from 2016 here)and the benefits this revised model brings. New Voices essentially allows Sound and Music to be in control of its own selection process and criteria. We want this control so that we can choose to work with a broader, and more representative, range of talented artists. Our hope was that the 2017 New Voices application process would yield the most representative cohort of Sound and Music applicants to date... Read more on the Sound and Music Blog

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