In partnership with the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) at the University of Huddersfield, hcmf// invites applications from female-identifying composers of electronic music to participate in a new professional development programme as part of the festival’s broader commitment to the Keychange initiative.

The programme offers an opportunity to compose a new work to be presented on the 48-channel/66-loudspeaker Huddersfield Immersive Sound System (HISS) in a concert during the hcmf// shorts programme in November 2019.

The selected composers will participate in an initial workshop on presenting work for electronics on large multichannel loudspeaker systems during the Electric Spring festival on Thursday, 21 February 2019. You’ll learn about the HISS setup and speaker configuration, and you’ll have opportunities to learn and practise loudspeaker diffusion techniques and strategies. You will also be invited to attend the afternoon rehearsals and evening concert for the Electric Spring performance by Lauren Sarah Hayes.

In addition to the workshop, the selected participants will have opportunities to work in the multichannel studios at the University of Huddersfield during the summer of 2019, including the 25.4-channel SPIRAL studio, and will also receive professional mentoring from the hcmf// team.

This programme is aimed at emerging composers based in the UK whose work has not yet been widely performed in a professional context, as well as composers of acoustic music who would like to pursue future work with electronics.

Application Procedure

To apply, please submit the following materials to CeReNeM Manager Sam Gillies ( by Friday, 14 December, with the subject line: Electronic Music PDP: [Applicant name]

  • Brief biographical statement, including information about previous electronic music and/or composition study/experience
  • A brief paragraph on why you would like to participate in the programme
  • Links to an audio or video recording for one composition of no more than 10 minutes in duration. (Please do not send files as attachments via email; please submit a link to online materials hosted via Soundcloud, YouTube, vimeo, Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.)

A grant to supplement travel and accommodation expenses will be available for the hcmf// shorts performance, and further travel support may be available for applicants with particular economic hardship for the Electric Spring workshop.