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hcmf// shorts 2017

hcmf// shorts 2017

Perform at the UK's leading festival of new music

hcmf// is excited to announce that applications are now open for hcmf// shorts. hcmf// shorts is a showcase of short informal performances from talented up-and-coming performers and composers which take place in venues across Huddersfield.


hcmf// shorts takes place on Free Monday, the busiest day of the festival with an average 2000 visitors each year, and the date for 2017 has been confirmed as Monday 20 November. This invaluable opportunity provides emerging artists with a platform to perform for members of the public, media and key music industry representatives within a carefully selected programme of established artists.


hcmf// is delighted to now be able to offer mentoring and financial support to five successful applicants to supplement travel and accommodation expenses. The financial support offered will be awarded on a case by case basis based on applicants’ costs.


Proposals are welcomed from all types of performers, and works can be especially composed or existing pieces. There are no age limits. Proposed programmes should be no longer than 20 minutes in duration.


hcmf// will provide:

  • Music stands, chairs and microphones (on request)
  • Piano (cannot be prepared)
  • PA: 16 channel desk, 4 speakers, CD play back

How to apply:


To apply for hcmf// shorts please download the application form or request one from the hcmf// office by calling +44 (0) 1484 471116 or e-mailing


Please return your application form along with a separate proposal (which should be no longer than one side of A4) and supporting audio material via email to


Please only submit one proposal per ensemble / performer and ensure that any audio material is directly relevant to your proposal.


All submissions will be discussed by a panel who will select five performers/ensembles to take part in hcmf// shorts 2017.

“hcmf// shorts was a fantastic experience for us as an ensemble. It was a real milestone in our development and an invaluable encouragement to pursue our path.” 

Explore Ensemble, 2016 shorts participants

Explore Ensemble

“Performing at hcmf// 2016 gave a great boost for our duo to move forward and collaborate with UK-based composers who we might otherwise have not encountered.”

Susanne Peters and Sarah Saviet,
2016 shorts participants

Susanne Peters

Deadline for proposals: 5pm on Friday 31 March