Perform at the UK’s leading festival of new music

hcmf// shorts is a series of short informal performances which will take place on Monday 19 November 2018 in various venues across Huddersfieldhcmf// shorts takes place on Free Monday, which is the busiest day of the Festival with an average of 2000 visitors each year. The day provides emerging artists with a valuable platform to perform for members of the public, media and key music industry representatives within a programme of events also featuring established artists.

The shorts call is open to UK-based performers, who will have the opportunity to receive professional mentoring as part of the hcmf// shorts scheme. We will offer five successful applicants a grant to supplement travel and accommodation expenses.

Proposals are welcomed from all types of performers, included but not limited to solo performers, ensembles, electro-acoustic, performance, sound or noise artists, 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// can provide:

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


How to apply:

hcmf// shorts: Application Form – PDF
hcmf// shorts: Application Form – Doc

To apply for hcmf// shorts please download the application form above, or request a copy from the hcmf// office by calling +44 (0) 1484 471116 or emailing

Return your completed application form along with your proposal (which should be no longer than one side of A4) and supporting audio material to or hcmf// shorts, Room CAM 1/10, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH.

The proposal should include the title and concept of your intended performance, and any relevant information to the piece(s) of music you will perform, including duration(s). Please also include any technical requirements needed.

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

Deadline for proposals: Monday 21 May 2018.

It has been such a nice experience to be part of the 40th edition of hcmf//…It has a truly inspiring programme and vision behind it, involving the audience in today’s sound practices and offering unique listening experiences. Thanks so much to the warm and lovely team for having me.” Sukitoa o Namau – Shorts artist at hcmf// 2017