On 20 October 2016, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage launched the 6th edition of the “Composing Commissions” programme (2017-2018). The programme is implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.
The Composing Commissions regulations are available on the website of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the Ministry Programs 2017 bookmark and on the websites of the Institute of Music and Dance (www.composingcommissions.pl and www.imit.org.pl).
The goal of the programme is to support contemporary music by commissioning new piece and creating conditions conducive to their permanent presence in public space. The core task of the programme is to increase the role of new music as a vital medium of social communication, and to include contemporary compositions in the process of transformation of contemporary culture, among others by contextualizing them through a redefinition of the notions of high culture, the role of the artist and the audience, or the impact of new media and technologies on musical language and reception. Another fundamental objective behind the programme is to utilize the latest musical compositions as a tool of cultural and artistic education; to popularize contemporary music among non-professionals, including children and the youth; and to facilitate their contact with composers, as well as the creative process, from the idea through the composition and performance of a music work, thus challenging the stereotypical understanding of contemporary music as a hermetic concept.
The 6th edition of the Composing Commissions regulations upholds the amendments introduced in the 4th and 5th edition of the programme at the request of musical circles. These include:
1) Two variants of dissemination of a commissioned work in the form of publication of orchestral materials online (to be selected by the Applicant depending on whether the composer creates them on their own or supplies them via their publisher or duly authorised third parties).
In the first variant (A), the division of funds remains unchanged. In the second variant (B), the proportions according to which funds are divided has been changed from 60:40% (composer: remaining costs) to 50:50% and from 50:50% to 40:60% (compositions for more than 45 performers). Variant B has also been supplied with the possibility to rent parts from publishers or composers for a fee which constitutes a qualified cost;
2) The support includes the subsidisation of one or two repeat performances of a commissioned work (optionally) on condition that it is performed by the same artists in different cities.
The change provisions more repeat performances of newly commissioned works and the establishment of new relations between festivals and ensembles. As a result of the extension of the number of performances of a commissioned work as part of the subsidy, the maximum sum total which a given applicant may request is PLN 152,000.00 (for the commission, world premiere and two repeat performances of a work from categories A-F, and up to PLN 224,000.00 the commission, world premiere and two repeat performances of a work from category G). This extension refers solely to the additional performance-related costs and will not result in the increase of composers’ fees.
Detailed description of the Regulations of the 6th edition of Composing Commissions may be found in the “Introduction to the programme”.
Applications for the Composing Commissions priority may be submitted by state- and local government-run cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations, churches and religious organizations, state colleges of arts and private schools of arts, as well as business entities.
The budget for the priority in 2017-2018 has been set at PLN 2,300,000.
The deadline for the submission of application is 30 November 2016.