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Call for Applications: Talking About Music

Tutors: Kate Molleson & Peter Meanwell

Course with selection process
For people interested in talking and writing about new music, who

  • have a broad and thorough interest in music since 1945
  • enjoy the challenge of finding entertaining ways to articulate complex ideas
  • have already written and, ideally, published texts about new music
  • want to write or broadcast about music at a professional level
  • have an interest in the act of recording (even at an amateur level)
  • have an understanding of the general discourse around ‘music criticism’, ‘culture in the media’ and ‘music and language’ — and, just as important, have bold original ideas to bring to the table
  • be willing to be an active and committed part of a team working to create radio content as well as work individually writing texts

(Participants of the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018)
Maximum number of participants: 16

Deadline for submission of applications: 15 March 2018


Course contents

  1. A hands-on course that questions dominant narratives in contemporary cultural discourse. How can we write and talk about new music in a way that is useful, vivid, profound and accessible? How do we make the best use of various media platforms to ensure that new music remains vibrant and relevant in the public imagination?
  2. How to report on the politics, sociology and industry ecosystem around new music as well as major genres, practitioners, current trends, new works and performances?
  3. What role does the writer and critic have within the new music community? How far do journalistic ethics cross over in to less formal platforms, such as social media? What role does editorial responsibility play?
  4. Interviews with composers, musicians, journalists and programmers.
  5. Participants will be expected to generate engaged, flexible, fresh-thinking content, from written reviews and essays to radio interviews and features.
  6. A peer-led process: Participants will get involved not only in the writing, talking and recording, but also in commissioning and editing the content they want to read/hear from their peers.
  7. Producing a daily radio show/podcast with all participants hosting, writing and editing interviews, discussions and reviews of the music at the 2018 Darmstadt Summer Course, with freedom to decide the editorial and content together.
  8. Focused writing periods looking at writing styles for different platforms — blogs, magazines, journals.
  9. Course Directors have professional experience in new music journalism and broadcasting for amongst others the BBC, Guardian, Wire Magazine, Opera.
  10. In previous years radio content produced by participants has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and published in print formats.
  11. The course will be taught in English.


Important note on the call for applications
Please submit the following documents to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! until 15 March 2018 at the latest:

- Curriculum Vitae
- 2 text samples and/or a radio/audio report (as mp3 format) and/or a recommendation from a university tutor
- a short rationale as to why you would like to take part in the workshop


Kate Molleson and Peter Meanwell will select sixteen submissions until end of March 2018 at the latest.
The sixteen selected applicants must be registered participants of the Summer Course. Registration will start on  possible between 15 January and 15 April 2018.
No scholarships will be granted for this project.

 

Before you apply, please take note of the Darmstadt Summer Course conditions.


The selected participants receive after the end of the application period a form by which the recognition of the project can be organized individually at the home university already in advance.

 

 

Kate Molleson
Kate Molleson is a music journalist for The Guardian and The Herald and a presenter for BBC Radio 3. She makes radio documentaries (BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service) and contributes to magazines including Opera and Gramophone. She was commissioning editor of Dear Green Sounds, a history of Glasgow’s music venues commissioned by UNESCO and published by Waverley Books in April 2015.
She grew up in various parts of Scotland and the far north of Canada and studied at the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, McGill University in Montreal and King’s College, London, where she researched early experimental radio and the operas of Ezra Pound. She was a copy editor, music critic and cycling columnist for the Montreal Gazette and deputy editor of Opera magazine before moving home to Scotland as the Guardian’s music critic in 2010.
http://katemolleson.com

 

Peter Meanwell
Peter Meanwell is Artistic Director of Borealis – a festival for experimental music in Bergen, Norway. Commissioning and working with new composition, sound art and improvisation, he is interested in work that renegotiates the concert experience, and music that falls between the genre gaps. As a journalist he has written for The Wire and Songlines, and for more than ten years worked as a radio producer for the BBC; working primarily with classical and experimental music broadcasting, documentary making and ethnographic field recording.
He continues to work with radio, as co-director of Reduced Listening, an independent production company working with cultural documentary, sound installation and sound for the visual arts. He is a co-author of The Breakfast Bible, a compendium of breakfasts. In 2018 he will be one of the Mentors of the Forecast platform at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin.
http://forecast-platform.com/mentors/peter-meanwell

Tutors: Kate Molleson & Peter Meanwell

Course with selection process
For people interested in talking and writing about new music, who

  • have a broad and thorough interest in music since 1945
  • enjoy the challenge of finding entertaining ways to articulate complex ideas
  • have already written and, ideally, published texts about new music
  • want to write or broadcast about music at a professional level
  • have an interest in the act of recording (even at an amateur level)
  • have an understanding of the general discourse around ‘music criticism’, ‘culture in the media’ and ‘music and language’ — and, just as important, have bold original ideas to bring to the table
  • be willing to be an active and committed part of a team working to create radio content as well as work individually writing texts

(Participants of the Darmstadt Summer Course 2018)
Maximum number of participants: 16

Deadline for submission of applications: 15 March 2018