Migration Sounds artist applications

Applications for musicians and sound artists for our first major project of 2024, Migration Sounds, are now open.

We have a limited number of spaces available for artists on the project, so Cities and Memory and COMPAS will be selecting participating artists from the applications based on your answers to the questions below.

The form should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

We will select and contact successful applicants for the project in the first week of April. Compositions will need to be submitted before the end of May 2024.

Artists will retain full copyright for their contributions to the project, and are licensed to Cities and Memory only for use in the context of the Migration Sounds project and the Cities and Memory project more widely.

If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to drop us a line.

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How the next stage of the project works

For the next stage of the project, the selected artists will be send our database of migration recordings to choose from.

Each artist will select one recording to work with, which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Every artist will then develop a composition responding to and incorporating the original recording.

The process is a free composition which can be in any musical or sonic style – the only criteria are that the composition must include the original recording, or some elements of it, either unprocessed or manipulated/effected, and that the piece should respond the sound and the story behind it in some form.

Compositions will be submitted by the end of May, and the project will launch in June.

Every submission will be part of the Migration Sounds project online, and will be released as an individual podcast episode on the Cities and Memory podcast too.

Selected highlights from the project will also form an album release and will be archived by the British Library.

Migration Sounds - sounds of the world's migration, settlement and diaspora communities