Music Current 2018, Call for Participation

Music Current 2018, Call for Participation

Thursday, 15 February 2018 (All day)

Dublin Sound Lab invites composers of any age or nationality, with experience or interest in electronic composition and performance, to participate in Music Current Festival, 12–14 April 2018.

Participation & Commission Opportunity

Composers are invited to submit new or existing works for piano in combination with fixed-media, computer or live electronics. As many as eight composers will be selected to participate in workshops and masterclasses with the renowned Belgian composer Stefan Prins (

Selected works will be workshopped and performed in concert by Xenia Pestova ( on the final day of the festival, when one of the participating composers will be awarded the Music Current Commission of €2,500 for a new work to be premiered at Music Current 2019.

Participating composers will attend all festival concerts, and will take part in a programme of masterclasses and workshops at the Contemporary Music Centre and Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Composers will receive an audio recording of the concert performance of their own work. Irish composers can apply for a Contemporary Music Centre Travel Bursary to cover travel costs within the island of Ireland.

For complete programme and activities, please see:


How to Apply
To apply to take part in Music Current 2018 as a participant composer, please follow these guidelines concerning submission materials, deadlines and fee. The selection committee – Stefan Prins (composer), Xenia Pestova (pianist), Gráinne Mulvey (Head of Composition, DIT), Evonne Ferguson (Director, Contemporary Music Centre), and Fergal Dowling (Director, Dublin Sound Lab) – will invite as many as eight applicant composers to participate in Music Current 2018.

Please email the following materials:
• One score for piano with fixed media or live electronics, in PDF format
• Links to relevant online audio or media (please do not send audio files by email)
• A short biographic note
• A short statement expressing your interest in electronic music composition

Applications should be submitted using the online form (
by 15 February 2018 at the latest. Selected composers will be notified before 22 February 2018.
If you have any questions regarding the programme or the submission process, please contact [email protected]

Application is free, but places will be strictly limited. Composers selected to participate will be asked to pay a participation fee of €75 by electronic transfer before 5 April 2017. Members of the Association of Irish Composers may apply to have their participation fee paid by an AIC Music Current Bursary. If you wish to apply for this, please mention so in your application.

For more information and a full festival programme, please visit:
For more information on Dublin Sound Lab please see:

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Published by Dublin Sound Lab on 17 December 2017

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