CMC Harry Freedman Award for Recording

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Harry Freedman Recording Award
Deadline: January 19, 2018 

About the Fund: The objective of the award is to offer a composer the resources to refine a work in order to generate a more definitive and satisfactory version for inclusion in a recording and future performances.

The Harry Freedman Fund was established by the Freedman family to commemorate the pioneering Canadian composer.  The fund offers the Award every second year to a Canadian composer working in collaboration with one to six musicians, or a Canadian composer-performer. The award will contribute to the creative costs (rehearsal and editing of a piece), or the recording costs, associated with making audio recordings of Canadian composers’ music for a confirmed future commercial release—in any physical and/or digital format. The Harry Freedman Recording Award is valued at $3,000 Canadian.

Eligibility:  A CMC Associate Composer in good standing is eligible to apply. Associate Composers over 65 who apply must be members (making a minimum $125 donation). CMC Associate Composers in good standing will have paid their $125 annual membership fee for 2018 prior to submission of their award application. Composers must apply in collaboration with a solo performer, a group of performers, or an ensemble of up to six performers. Proposals from composer-performers will also be considered. International artists can apply as the collaborating artist with a CMC Associate Composer. 

The Fund accepts proposals that meet the following criteria:

  1. The recording will be the first commercial release of the proposed work.
  2. The proposed work has no more than six (6) performing parts, with or without electroacoustics.
  3. The proposed work must be premiered prior to the release of the commercial recording.

Proposal Requirements: Proposals will be submitted through an online form, and should include the following:

  1. Description: Describe the proposed recording project (3000 characters max)
  2. Timeline: A brief outline of when the piece would be rehearsed, and the expected recording and release dates (2000 characters max)
  3. Budget: Indicate how the $3,000 will be spent (2000 characters max)
  4. Proof of Premiere (PDF): Documentation of a former performance, or an upcoming performance for the proposed work
  5. Résumé or CV (PDF): Both the composer and performer(s) should submit résumés or CVs
  6. Letter(s) of Agreement (PDF):
    1. The composer and performer(s) sign a statement of intent that confirms their collaboration on the recording project and;
    2. Where applicable, submit a short letter from a record label confirming a future release
  7. Support Material:
    1. A score of the proposed work (PDF)
    2. An archival audio or video recording of the proposed work, preferably in performance or a demo recording from rehearsals (link to streaming audio/video), MIDI recordings will not be accepted
    3. If the archival recording of the proposed work does not feature the performer(s) collaborating on the commercial recording, a separate recording of the collaborating performer(s) must be submitted to demonstrate their abilities (link to streaming audio)

*Streaming audio/video files should be hosted on Soundcloud, Youtube, Vimeo, Bandcamp, or another reliable streaming site. Files must remain available until March 2018.
** A proposal that does not include a score and recording of the proposed work will not be accepted

Proposals must be submitted electronically using the online form. Proposals must be received no later than 5pm PST on January 19, 2018. Submissions received past this date will not be considered.

Proposal Evaluation:  Proposals will be evaluated on a competitive basis by a jury selected by the Canadian Music Centre. The Fund jury will be comprised of five members from the national music community who will offer their perspective on music composition, performance, and sound recording, among other topics.

Proposals will be assessed based on their artistic merit and the benefit to the respective careers of the affiliated composer and musician(s). The jury must also determine that an applicant will be able to carry out the project. Unsuccessful proposals will be encouraged to resubmit and, where possible, constructive feedback will be offered to encourage the realization of their recording.

The decision of the jury is final and there is no procedure for appeal.  

Conditions: The successful applicant(s) will be announced and acknowledged at a public event to be held in Spring 2018 in Toronto, Ontario. The successful applicant(s) must guarantee that they and the performer(s) will be able to complete their selected project no later than April 2019.

The commercial recording must acknowledge the support of the Harry Freedman Recording Fund and the Canadian Music Centre in the liner notes. 

Questions & Clarifications: Should you have any questions regarding the Fund and its Award, please contact the CMC Ontario Regional Office by e-mail at mfava@musiccentre.ca or by phone at 416-961-6601 x 207.

Representing Canada’s largest community of composers, the Canadian Music Centre has been connecting Canadians and sharing our stories, through music, for over half a century. The Centre provides access to an extensive collection of music and recordings (both digital and on-site) through five regional offices in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.  We also provide music rental and publishing services for 24,000 works created by 850 Associate Composers since 1959.

For more information, please visit: musiccentre.ca.

19 Jan 2018