NEW MUSIC AWARD 2010 – HAVE YOUR SAY!
PRS for Music Foundation launches first-ever public vote for the UK’s most ambitious music prize
Films about the five shortlisted entries to be screened at arts venues across the UK this summer
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The PRS for Music Foundation has launched on Friday 18 June a public vote for the prestigious New Music Award 2010 and is calling on people across the UK this summer to help in the search for the UK’s most groundbreaking new musical idea. Members of the public can now have their say on the five shortlisted entries for the New Music Award 2010 by voting online at www.prsformusicfoundation.com . Public voting will close on Sunday 5 September.
The shortlisted ideas cover the widest possible range of musical genres from electronic and site specific to acoustic and African-inspired beats:
aroundNorth – a “stellar orchestra” based on the rotation of the stars around the Celestial North Pole
Automata Musica – combines the skills of composer and craftsman to make “automatic instruments” which audience members can play
The Battle of the Wordsmiths – recreates African musical instruments through beatboxing which introduces western audiences to the ancient traditions of Yoruba culture
The Organ of Corti –recycles existing sounds to create new ways of listening
SATSYMPH – a “satellite symphony” delivered through an iPhone app
The people’s choice will count as one vote on the judging panel for the award. This year’s judges are artist Martin Creed, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Bishi, composer and pianist Michael Finnissy, pianist and conductor Joanna MacGregor, and music journalist Paul Morley. Charlotte Higgins, the Chief Arts Writer for The Guardian, is chairing the panel.
The winner of the New Music Award 2010 will be awarded a £50,000 prize at a glittering ceremony in the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, London, on 16 September and their winning new musical work will premiere in 2011.
The PRS for Music Foundation has commissioned five short films about the boundarypushing ideas which have made it to the final stage for the Award. The films can be watched from today at www.prsformusicfoundation.com and will also be screened at arts venues UK -wide from Monday 12 July to 5 September. Venues include the Watershed in Bristol, the Black Box in Belfast, Sage Gateshead, Cornerhouse in Manchester and the Roundhouse. The screenings are free.
New Music Award 2010 judge Bishi said: “This year’s judges all approach new music from a different perspective and we’re bound to have some lively debate about the shortlist. The diversity of ‘ideas’ reflected by the short films shows how challenging it will be to pick a winner.”
Sally Taylor, Chair of the PRS for Music Foundation, said: “The judging panel for the New Music Award represents a very wide range of backgrounds and genres, but this year we want the public to have their say on the winner too. New music shouldn’t be an obscure minority pursuit – it should be something that everyone can feel part of. We hope the public vote will get as many people as possible debating the big questions surrounding new music and raise the profile of the UK music creators who are pushing musical boundaries.”
The New Music Award prize money makes it financially more significant than both the Mercury and Turner Prizes and underlines the PRS for Music Foundation’s longstanding commitment to encouraging new music across all genres. As well as offering vital financial support to new music creators, performers, promoters, producers and organisations, the PRS for Music Foundation challenges established views about creative music-making in the UK and works to raise the profile of music innovators.
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