Opportunity: DAR International Residency 2017

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Deadline: 12 noon, 28 February 2017
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Sound and Music in partnership with The Lithuanian Composers' Union & AIR KREMS

DAR International Residency 2017

Sound and Music, in partnership with The Lithuanian Composers’ Union and AIR KREMS, are offering a unique commission and residency opportunity for two UK composers in 2017. 

The selected composers will each develop a new work for Contemporary Music Ensemble Synaesthesis and will participate in an international residency programme in Druskininkai, Lithuania in the summer of 2017.

The new work created by each composer will be premiered in Vilnius, Lithuania on 14 August 2017 following a two week residency period.


As well as providing performance and composition opportunities, this programme will enhance the international networks of the participants and raise the profile of the selected composers on the international circuit.

Each selected UK composer will receive travel expenses, a €300 bursary for their two weeks stay in Druskininkai and a £2000 commission fee. Accommodation in Lithuania will be provided as part of this residency opportunity.

Sound and Music's Director of Programmes, Richard Whitelaw explained: 

 “This is a great international commissioning opportunity. Both emerging and experienced composers have taken up this annual opportunity with great success. The DAR residency has a great reputation for composer hosting, and the accommodation, fitted out with pianos in each house and with easy access to the tranquillity of the Lithuanian forest, provides a wonderful space for creativity and reflection.” 


For more information on the schedule, opportunity and how to apply:

Read our Application Guide 

Fill in the Online Application Form 

Deadline: 12 noon, 28 February 2017

About Lithuanian Composers’ Union

Aiming to encourage international cultural exchange and cooperation between artists from different genres and countries, the Lithuanian Composers' Union initiated the International A.I.R. (Artist-In-Residence) Programme in 2011 with the financial support from the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. In 2012 this programme adopted a new name DAR (Druskininkai Artists' Residence).

For more information of the DAR residency programme 

About A.I.R KREMS 

It is a multi-disciplinary program for architects, visual artists, musicians and writers. In order to promote international exchange, the federal state of Lower Austria has initiated an artist-in-residence program, for which it has set up five studio apartments and a large common room on the top floor of the former carpet factory within the Art Mile in Krems (Kunstmeile Krems). In order to ensure diversity and a vibrant atmosphere among the studios, the program will award its scholarships to artists from the fields of visual arts, literature, architecture and music. These studio apartments, which have housed artists from many different countries since 2000, serve as temporary living and working spaces and provide the opportunity for both international and interdisciplinary exchange.

For more information of the A.I.R Krems residency programme 

If you have further queries, please contact Richard Whitelaw: richard.whitelaw@soundandmusic.org or 020 7759 1809

Find out more about previous composers who have partipcated in the DAR Residency Scheme here>>

Find out more about our International Residencies 


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To apply to the DAR Residency 2016

Read our Applications Guide

Apply using our Application Form

Deadline: 12 noon, 28 February 2017

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