Sirens Fund

Sirens Fund

Monday, 1 March 2021, 12.00pm

What is the Sirens fund?
Annual grants will be allocated according to the range and value of each project. Each year over 10 years up to £19,000 will be shared between 4 to 5 projects for concerts, tours, recordings and education work deemed to be doing most to advance and promote the understanding of music by women. These will be selected by a panel agreed between the ABO and Diana Ambache. Orchestras are encouraged to use The Women of Note website as a resource, which lists orchestral music by historical women composers.

Diana Ambache is also available for advice about the composers and their music, in advance of making your application, please contact the ABO for further information.

– The scheme is open to full and associate members of the ABO
– Pieces should be for orchestra including opera and choral works that require an orchestra. We are defining an orchestra as an ensemble of 12 or more including a minimum of one orchestral instrument.
– Priority consideration will be given to projects showing substantial profile raising of female works, work that addresses a significant gap in provision, challenges contemporary attitudes, and takes an enterprising approach to influencing people
– Please note that if the composer is still alive the piece will be ineligible. Pieces by living women composers may be included in the programme, as long as the historical piece is the main work for which you are seeking funding.

When assessing applications to this fund, we will be considering the potential short and long term impact of the applicant’s approach to programming the piece.

This will include demonstrating:
– The potential for the piece and the way it is programmed for the audience to appreciate – exploring new horizons, expanding the available repertoire and offering associated learning and participation work
– The approach to the programming and promoting of the work within the orchestra’s planned artistic season and also beyond the main publicity, recordings, broadcasts and other avenues
– What is the significance of the music?
– A strong PR/marketing plan and if applicable, associated learning and participation work
– The application deadline is 12 noon, Monday 1 March 2021, and the works should be programmed within two years from the deadline year.
– This fund will be reviewed annually to ensure it is fit for purpose. If you are successfully funded two years in a row, you need to leave a year’s gap before applying again.
– Applications must be made by the orchestra and all grants awarded via this fund will be paid direct to the orchestral organisation.

What can be funded?
We will consider every application on a case-by-case basis. We are inviting orchestras to propose why they have selected the piece; what makes it a distinctive work and how they will programme it in their tour or season, ensuring engagement with a large audience. Orchestras can apply for funding to help cover the following:
– Orchestral rehearsal time
– Music hire
– Performer fees
– Instrument Hire
– Promotion/performance of work
– Touring costs in the UK
– A combination of some of the above

See link below for further details.

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