An opportunity for composers and collaborators from both arts and science backgrounds to devise exciting, interdisciplinary works.

The London Sinfonietta is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation as it launches the next phase of Blue Touch Paper. The programme aims to nurture and promote the next generation of composers and inter-disciplinary collaborators, providing participants with the context and space to instigate and develop new multi-disciplinary work and providing a national platform for its presentation.
The initiative is aimed at composers and collaborators in the first phase of their professional careers, who have established their own artistic voice and who are committed to the longterm creative career development that this initiative offers.

Collaborators are welcome from a broad range of disciplines and can include (amongst other professions) choreographers, visual artists, directors, architects, video artists, scientists and writers.

Following an open recruitment process, a shortlist of composers and collaborators will be invited to a Collaborators Day; an opportunity to explore new project ideas with the London Sinfonietta, associate artists and key figures from a range of disciplines. Composer and collaborator pairings will then submit a project proposal, and successful applicants will be awarded a Jerwood Blue Touch Paper bursary in order to support the development of the new work. Participants will work closely with the London Sinfonietta and will also be supported by experienced interdisciplinary mentors throughout the development process.

Three composers / collaborator pairings will be chosen to be part of year one of the Blue Touch Paper programme. The Jerwood Blue Touch Paper bursaries will fund development time and also a production budget for a showcase event to present the work in progress. The London Sinfonietta will be developing partnerships with UK and International festivals and venues who will be interested in seeing the new projects to completion and final performance.

The application process to apply for a Jerwood Blue Touch Paper bursary will begin from 26 April 2011, with full details announced then on the London Sinfonietta website The first three projects admitted to the scheme will be announced in early October 2011.

Andrew Burke, Chief Executive of the London Sinfonietta, says:
“We are very pleased to announce this next phase of our Blue Touch Paper programme which will be a unique stepping stone for composers and collaborators to develop new work in partnership with the London Sinfonietta. Making links between contemporary music and other art forms and disciplines can create fantastically exciting works that connect with a wide audience. We are proud to be associated with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation as we start this project.”

Shonagh Manson, Director of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, says:
“London Sinfonietta’s thoughtful approach to collaboration and artistic development is inspiring. The Blue Touch Paper programme will seed and support sustained relationships between creative counterparts. With its focus on exploration, mentoring and on making new work, the programme perfectly shares our aim to support artists to develop and grow at particular points of need in their practice.”


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