hcmf// shorts is an opportunity for emerging artists to present their work to new audiences in the context of an international festival, and to be part of hcmf//’s dedicated mentoring programme.

hcmf// shorts takes place annually as part of ‘Free Monday’ (Monday 18 November 2019) and includes five projects from artists at the start of their careers within a programme of events that also features established artists. Free Monday is the busiest day of the festival, featuring 15+ free-to-attend performances of varying scales and lengths, and attracting 2000+ visitors every year.

Five UK-based emerging artists/ensembles will be selected from our open call for submissions, and, as well as featuring in the Free Monday programme, will have the opportunity to receive mentoring in the following areas:

  • Curatorial / Artistic development
  • Management & International Touring
  • Marketing & Profile Building
  • Digital Communications & Social Media
  • Press & Public Relations

Proposals are welcomed from all types of performers, including but not limited to solo and ensemble music, electroacoustic work, sound installations and noise music. Works can be especially composed or existing pieces, there are no age limits, and proposed programmes should be no longer than 20 minutes in duration.

For the performance, hcmf// can provide:

  • Music stands and chairs
  • Piano
  • PA: including mixing desk, microphones & speakers
  • Technician / sound engineer
  • AV (on request)

Travel expenses and two nights’ accommodation in Huddersfield will be provided by hcmf//.

How to Apply

To apply, please email the following material to Robin Smith (r.smith2@hud.ac.uk), using the subject line ‘hcmf// shorts application 2019’:

  • A completed application form (available to download below)
  • A project proposal
  • Supporting audio material

Download: hcmf// shorts application form 2019

Your proposal should include the following information:

  • A clear description of your project / the artistic concept of your proposed performance
  • Instrumentation details (if applicable)
  • Repertoire details, including individual piece titles / durations (if applicable)
  • Details of any specific technical requirements

Proposed projects should be no longer than 20 minutes in duration (including any changeovers between pieces).

Proposals may be written (in Word/PDF format, one side of A4 max), or in the form of a short video (2 minutes max). Video proposals must not be in the style of a trailer/promo video, but should be a video of the applicant describing the project as per the guidelines above.

Supporting audio material: please ensure that any audio material is directly relevant to your proposal. Web links (YouTube / Soundcloud / Bandcamp etc.) are preferred, but MP3s will also be accepted.

Please note that we will accept one proposal per applicant / ensemble only.

Submission deadline: Friday 14 June 2019