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BAN BAM award open to Irish female and gender-minority composers

BAN BAM award open to Irish female and gender-minority composers


The BAN BAM Commission and Development Award is currently open for applications for female composers in jazz and/or improvised music on the island of Ireland for another two weeks until September 4th.

The award is a new creative commissioning and career development opportunity open to Irish-born or resident female and gender-minority composers on the island of Ireland (North and South) presented by Improvised Music Company (IMC) and Moving on Music (MOM). 

Three composers will be selected from the applicants, each receiving a €2,500 commission fee to compose for duo, trio or quartet.

The composition period will be followed by 12 months of bespoke creative and career development support and consultation from IMC, MOM and selected industry professionals during 2021. The award includes guaranteed performance bookings in Belfast and Dublin during 2021 (when feasible in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions).

Closing Date for applications is Friday 4th September at 5pm.

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Applications will be assessed by a panel of carefully selected music industry professionals. The Panel consists of composer/ broadcaster and former director of Galway Jazz Festival Ellen Cranitch, music programmer and talent development manager with Serious UK Rob Farhat, musician, composer, producer and Chairperson of Jazz Promotion Network Kim Macari, saxophonist, composer and educator Trish Clowes, award-winning composer and conductor Brian Irvine, as well as Director of IMC Kenneth Killeen, and Moving on Music Creative Producer Paula McColl.

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