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Call for: University of Wolverhampton Music students or graduates with experience of composing, creating musical tracks and scoring short films/moving images. The musicians must have access to software and musical/beat making, mastering equipment.

Project duration:

July 2021 to January 2022. This is split into two project timelines:

  • July – September 2021 (3 music scores created.)
  • November – January 2022 (2 music scores created.)

Proposal submission deadline:  Friday 28 May 2021

Online selection meetings: Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th June 21

 Commission detail:

Arts Connect are looking to commission 2 University of Wolverhampton Music students or graduates who have demonstrable skills as musicians, beat makers or sound artists to compose a unique score for 5 short contemporary visual art films (under 5 minutes each.) The selected students/graduates will work collaboratively to compose the 5 moving image works created by contemporary artist Sophie Huckfield and local school students as part of the British Art Show 9 Partner School programme.

The scores will be developed with feedback from Sophie Huckfield and school students, so musicians must be open to feedback and collaborative working. The intention is for each film score to have its own unique sound, with sound samples collected and created in the workshop and incorporated into the scores.

Final Output: 5 final film scores delivered in a high quality WAV and MP3 file.  More about Sophie Huckfield’s British Art Show 9 Partner School project here. 

Sophie Huckfield is delivering a series of workshops with five different schools based in Wolverhampton and Sandwell, each school will co-create a multidisciplinary moving image work which expands upon the themes of British Art Show 9, specifically, ‘Living With Difference’. Through the workshops Sophie Huckfield aims to platform a range of perspectives and narratives. With each moving image work presenting how one story or history can be interpreted in a multitude of ways.

The five moving-image outputs will be publicly exhibited in conjunction to British Art Show 9 exhibiting in Wolverhampton in 2022, with all participants credited. The intention is to create a legacy around the show which will inspire the next generation of arts practitioners in the area.

To note:

  • The musician will be fully credited for the score of the films, however as this is a collaborative work, students and the artist will also be credited as co-collaborators.
  • The artist, musician and all those credited in the moving image works creation will have distribution rights to the film, but must credit all those involved and their role in the collaboration

 Key dates-

  • Online selection meeting: Thursday 4 and Friday 5 June 2021
  • Initial artist meeting– Week commencing 26 June.

Contractual details:

The commission fee, inclusive of travel and materials is up to £500 per person + VAT (if applicable.) This is based on two people completing the full commission July 21 to January 22 and working collaboratively to complete the 5 musical scores.

Please note that the University of Wolverhampton is required to make a decision about how the preferred supplier will be paid and if the supplier is deemed in scope for IR35, PAYE will be deducted at source form invoices before payment.

This fee includes:

  • Attend meetings to discuss the score with the artist throughout the process
  • Work with music, text and visual samples provided by Sophie Huckfield from workshops
  • Provide a rough cut mid-way through the project, which will be changed or amended based on feedback
  • Experiment and construct a film composition with different sounds, both from the musicians own repertoire and based upon sounds and a musical style requested by the students and artist.
  • Provide a final score(s)
  • Materials (if appropriate)
  • Travel

Find out more about British Art Show 9 here. 

How to submit a proposal:

Please submit a proposal on how you would approach the project. You need to include:

  • Your portfolio emphasising any work related to your musical background, experience of composing, creating musical tracks and scoring short films/moving images.
  • An outline of your approach to the commission, explaining how you will use your creative and artistic skills. For example how would you approach collaboration, both within music and in other disciplines?
  • Please also include links to different examples of musical compositions and possible video scores you may have created and collaborated on before (if a collaboration expand on your role and input)
  • A referee, ideally a member of staff from the University of Wolverhampton or a Music teacher/lecturer from a school/college/ university that you previously attended.
  • An up to date CV.

Please send by email your proposal and all supporting documentation by:

Friday 28 May 2021 (12.00 noon) to Becky Thompson