The Riot Ensemble Composer Workshops

We’re partnering with acclaimed new music ensemble The Riot Ensemble and award-winning artist and composer Mira Calix to offer composers the chance to take part in development and recording workshops for solo or chamber ensemble and electronics during 2020.

What is involved?

Five composers will have the opportunity to attend three days of workshops in London on 24 – 25 April and 12 September 2020. Composers will take part in professional development sessions with industry experts and workshop their ideas for any combination of the following instruments:

bass clarinet, bassoon, percussion (1 player), piano, double bass and electronics

Previous experience of electronics is not a requirement – we welcome composers from different backgrounds and levels of experience. The electronics can involve live processing, amplification, and up to four-channel playback.

These workshops are an opportunity to revisit an existing work or try something new, while receiving feedback from The Riot Ensemble and Mira Calix in a supportive environment. Composers will also receive audio recordings of the workshops for private and public use.

Travel within the UK and accommodation (where required) will be provided.

After the final workshop, one composer will receive a paid commission to write a new work for solo performer with electronics for The Riot Ensemble’s 2021 season. The duration and fee will be subject to agreement with the composer based on Musicians’ Union guidelines.

How to apply

Please complete the application form below by 9am GMT on 12 December 2019 and include a Dropbox link to two contrasting notated examples of your work. You are welcome to submit recordings, but they are not essential, and you will not be at a disadvantage if you do not have recordings of your work.

This opportunity is open to current PRS writer members and individuals who are not affiliated with any performing right organisation.

Participating composers will be selected by a panel comprising Mira Calix (Artist and Composer), Aaron Holloway-Nahum (Artistic Director, The Riot Ensemble), Soosan Lolavar (Composer and Ethnomusicologist) and Sam Wilson (Percussionist and Composer). Composers will be notified by 3 February 2020.

Full details of the terms and conditions are available at the bottom of the application form. By applying, all participants agree to these terms and conditions.

Please contact us to discuss any questions or access requirements in more detail, or take a look at one of our previous workshops here

Applications have now closed. Thank you for your interest in these workshops.

1. To apply for the Composer Workshops with The Riot Ensemble you must (a) be a current writer member of the Performing Right Society Limited or not affiliated with any performing right organisation, (b) be 18 years of age or over on the date of applying; and (c) submit your application form and two contrasting notated examples of your work before 09:00 GMT on 12 December 2019 (the “Closing Time”).

2. Only one application per person is permitted.

3. PRS for Music does not accept responsibility for applications that are incorrectly submitted or not delivered due to technical faults.  Applications received after the Closing Time will not be considered.

4. There are five spaces available for the Composer Workshops that take place at a location in London, United Kingdom, on Friday 24 April, Saturday 25 April & Saturday 12 September 2020 (the “Workshops”). Information of the detailed itinerary of the workshops will be provided to the selected composers.

5. PRS for Music will pay for UK travel to and from the Workshops and accommodation on Friday 24 April and Friday 11 September 2020 (where required) for the five successful composers. Travel and accommodation will be chosen by PRS for Music.

6. The five composers selected for the Workshops will be chosen by a panel including Mira Calix (Artist and Composer), Aaron Holloway-Nahum (Artistic Director, The Riot Ensemble), Soosan Lolavar (Composer and Ethnomusicologist) and Sam Wilson (Percussionist and Composer) on 24 January 2020. The five composers will be selected by the panel on the basis of the following criteria: (a) the quality and originality of the music (b) the application form demonstrating how the composer would benefit from the Workshops. The panel’s decision shall be final and binding, but PRS for Music will endeavour to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

7. The five selected composers will be notified by email or telephone by Monday 3 February 2020. If the selected composer(s) do not confirm their acceptance to PRS for Music within 3 working days of being notified, the panel will be entitled to select another composer.

8. The opportunity to take part in the Workshops is not transferable nor exchangeable and no cash alternative will be offered.

9. The selected composers will be announced via PRS for Music’s social media pages and/or a Member News Item on PRS for Music’s website and in related media coverage. By applying to participate in the Workshops each applicant authorises PRS for Music and The Riot Ensemble to disclose their name and composer biographies as part of this announcement, or promotion and coverage of the Workshops.

10. Any use of your personal data will be in accordance with PRS for Music’s Privacy Policy which is available at and in accordance with data protection legislation. Selected composers agree to their emails and details being included on workshop related group mailing lists.

11. PRS for Music will be making audio recordings of the Workshops which include the feedback and discussions of the works, performance of the works and may also include video of the participants. Each composer will receive a recording of the ensemble workshops which may be used for the composer’s own private use and PRS for Music will endeavour to provide a complete recording of each composer’s work from the final workshop which may be shared publicly. All participants agree to using the recordings, and allowing use by the other participating composers, in accordance with these conditions. All participants also consent to PRS for Music and The Riot Ensemble publishing a video of the workshops and write-ups about the workshops on their respective websites, social media and other channels.

12. Following the Workshops, one composer will be commissioned by The Riot Ensemble for a work for solo performer and electronics (“Commission”). The instrumentation, duration and Commission fee will be subject to agreement between the composer and The Riot Ensemble, based on Musicians’ Union guidelines. The Commission fee will be payable by The Riot Ensemble, plus expenses to attend the UK premiere during The Riot Ensemble’s 2021 season.

13. The composer receiving the Commission will be chosen by Mira Calix and Aaron Holloway-Nahum following the Workshops and the selected composer will be notified by 18 September 2020. If the selected composer does not confirm acceptance of the Commission to PRS for Music within 3 working days of being notified, Mira Calix and Aaron Holloway-Nahum will be entitled to select another composer for the Commission.

14. Mira Calix and Aaron Holloway-Nahum’s decision on the Commission is final and binding, and no correspondence will entered into about it.

15. PRS for Music are not responsible for the failure of any third parties to fulfil their obligations associated with the Workshops and/or the Commission.

16. Each applicant warrants that the works they submit are original works and do not infringe any third-party’s rights including a third party’s copyright or moral right, and that they have sought all relevant permissions to submit any works with this application. PRS for Music accepts no liability in the event of third party claims in respect of any works submitted by the applicant.

17. Applicants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon applying for the Workshops and Commission. PRS for Music reserves the right to refuse participation in the Workshops and/or Commission to anyone who has breached these terms and conditions.

18. This opportunity is not open to employees of PRS for Music and The Riot Ensemble or their families.

19. PRS for Music reserves the right to cancel, suspend, or amend this opportunity where it becomes necessary to do so.

20. These terms and conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales and applicants agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.

21. The promoter of this opportunity is PRS for Music Limited, 2 Pancras Square, London, NC1 4AG.

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