Open call for commissions: Free State 13

Monday 15th June, 2020

Write for Crash Ensemble, Ireland's leading new music group and have your work premiered at New Music Dublin, Ireland's dedicated New Music Festival in 2021.

New Music Dublin and Crash Ensemble will commission five works from up-and-coming Irish* composers. Composers will be selected from anonymous open submission by Irish composer Andrew Hamilton and Crash Ensemble.

Andrew Hamilton will mentor the selected composers as they write new works, which will be workshopped by the ensemble prior to performance and live recording.

If selected:
Successful applicants will be commissioned to create a new work for Crash Ensemble's full line up (Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass/ Electric Bass, Piano, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Clarinet/ Bass Clarinet, Flute/ Piccolo, Trombone), for a duration of 5-7 minutes. Works can include electronics, these can be live electronics, we'd love to have you on stage with us.

To apply:

  • Send two existing works as a PDF score, with an MP3/electronic mock up (if you have one). These pieces should be reflective of your current work, and will be used for the adjudication process only. Don't put your name on the score or mp3** We will be selecting works ‘blind', any submissions with names on the score or mp3 will not be included in the selection. 
  • Include your name and contact details in your email.

Deadline: 2nd August 2020, midnight GMT.
Submit: by email to marjie [at] crashensemble.com (please title 'Free State 13’)

* Be born in, or currently resident in Ireland (Rep. and NI).
** It is very important the submissions are anonymous: that there is no indication of the composer's name or any other personal details anywhere in the track. Therefore, please do not include your name in the track title and please do not write your name or any other personal information in the Meta Data when making the audio file, .wav or .mp3. It is important we listen to these pieces 'blind'.