Wild Plum Songbook

Wild Plum Songbook: a development and commissioning opportunity for composers who identify as women

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

PRS for Music are partnering with Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival to offer you the chance to take part in a workshop and have your work commissioned for Cheltenham Music Festival’s COMPOSIUM – a new one-day industry-wide event for composers, publishers, music industry leaders and influencers on 10 July 2019.

The Workshop

Six composers will have the opportunity to attend a two-day workshop in London on 8-9 March 2019. Composers will take part in professional development sessions with industry experts and hear their works for mezzo-soprano and piano performed in a workshop by Rachael Lloyd and Lana Bode. This is an opportunity to try out new ideas or techniques and receive feedback from mentor composers Joanna Lee and Errollyn Wallen in a supportive environment. Composers will also receive an audio-visual recording of their workshop for their own personal use.

UK travel and accommodation (where required) will be provided.

The Commission

Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival will commission one of the works from the workshop for further development, to be premiered during COMPOSIUM on 10 July 2019 and included in the Wild Plum Songbook, a growing portfolio of newly-commissioned works.

The duration of the commissioned work will be 3-4 minutes and the composer will receive a commission fee of £1,000 plus UK travel and accommodation (where required) to attend the premiere.

Any texts used for the workshop or the commissioned work must be in the public domain or used with the permission of the copyright owner.

How to apply

Please complete the application form below by 9am GMT on 19 November 2018 and include a Dropbox link to two contrasting notated examples of your work. It would be helpful if one of the works includes a vocal line, but it is not essential. 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 writer members of the Performing Right Society Limited and individuals who are not affiliated with any performing right organisation.

Successful composers will be selected by a panel comprising Joanna Lee, Errollyn Wallen (Composers), Lucy Schaufer and Christopher Gillet (Wild Plum Arts) and Alison Balsom (Cheltenham Music Festival). Composers will be notified on 10 December 2018.

The full terms and conditions are available below.

If you have any questions or access requirements, please contact us.

1.To apply for the Wild Plum Songbook development and commissioning opportunity 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, (c) identify yourself as a woman; and (d) submit your application form and two contrasting notated examples of your work before 09:00 GMT on 19 November 2018 (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 six spaces available for the Wild Plum Songbook Workshop that takes place on Friday 8 & Saturday 9 March 2019 (the “Workshop”).
 
5. PRS for Music will pay for UK travel to and from the Workshop and accommodation on Friday 8 March 2019 (where required) for the six successful composers. Travel and accommodation will be chosen by PRS for Music.
 
6. Following the Workshop, one composer will be commissioned by Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival for a work for mezzo-soprano and piano lasting 3-4 minutes duration (“Commission”). The composer will receive a Commission fee of £1,000 plus expenses to attend the premiere, payable by Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival. The deadline for the finished Commission will be 3 June 2019 and the premiere will take place on 10 July 2019 during Cheltenham Music Festival’s Composium.
 
7. All texts used in the Workshop and/or the Commission must be in the public domain or have the relevant permissions from the copyright owner.
 
8. The six composers selected for the Workshop will be chosen by a panel including Joanna Lee, Errollyn Wallen, and representatives from Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival, on 7 December 2018. The six 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 Workshop.
 
9. The six selected composers will be notified by email or telephone by Monday 10 December 2018. If the selected composer(s) do not respond to PRS for Music within 3 working days of being notified, the panel will be entitled to select another composer.
 
10. The composer receiving the Commission will be chosen by Joanna Lee, Errollyn Wallen and representatives from Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival following the Workshop and the selected composer will be notified by 12 March 2019. If the selected composer does not respond to PRS for Music within 3 working days of being notified, the panel will be entitled to select another composer for the Commission. 
 
11. The opportunity to take part in the Workshop is not transferable nor exchangeable and no cash alternative will be offered.
 
12. Joanna Lee, Errollyn Wallen, Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival’s decision on the Commission is final and binding, and no correspondence will entered into about it. Constructive feedback will be provided to all composers taking part in the Workshop.
 
13. 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 Workshop each applicant authorises PRS for Music to disclose their name as part of this announcement and coverage.
 
14. Any use of your personal data will be in accordance with PRS for Music’s Privacy Policy and in accordance with data protection legislation.
 
15. PRS for Music are not responsible for the failure of any third parties to fulfil their obligations associated with the Workshop and/or the Commission. The selected composers will be bound by any terms imposed by any third parties providing goods or services as part of the Workshop and/or 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 Workshop and Commission. PRS for Music reserves the right to refuse participation in the Workshop and/or Commission to anyone who has breached these terms and conditions.  
 
18. This opportunity is not open to employees of PRS for Music, Wild Plum Arts and Cheltenham Music Festival 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.