Interval 2009 Call for Proposals

MATA Interval Curatorial Associate Program
2009 Annual Call For Proposals

::Curatorial Internship in Concert Programming and Production
::Deadline: Monday, June 8th, 2009
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MATA, Inc., the Brooklyn-based young composer advocacy and presenting organization, is accepting proposals for its 2009-10 Interval Curatorial Associate (CA) Program. In collaboration with its Directors, CA’s will curate and produce a concert on MATA’s bi-monthly Interval series. Responsibilities include developing content (programmatic, publicity, and critical) and coordinating production logistics for one event at Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room (IPR).

The mission for the Interval series is to present innovative, smaller-scale work by young and emerging composers and performers (age 40 or under). For the 2009-10 season (No.3), proposals should focus on works for small ensembles (up to 4 players), electronic/digital-based material, and combinations of the two. Interval’s first two seasons included live-electronics, improvisers, and video, along with more traditional chamber music formats such as song cycles and string quartets. Note that CA’s are welcome to program and perform their own work. For more information about previous programs, please visit the Interval blog.

The Interval Curatorial Associate Program is intended to give its participants valuable real-world experience with the basic elements of concert conception and production, and to encourage critical discourse in the field. Over the course of 10 weeks, CA’s will be required to:

•  Formally propose programming and contextualizing content (see below), including a comprehensive budget for artist fees not to exceed $1500. (rental and technical staff fees are budgeted separately by MATA.)

•  Coordinate schedules and other logistics with the venue, participating composers, performing artists, and technical staff.

•  Various public relations activities, including writing press release copy, collecting media content from artists, writing personal emails to select members of the press corps, executing HTML email blasts, and collecting press placements after the event is completed. Technical assistance will be provided when necessary, and MATA’s Directors are available throughout the process.

•  Critical contextualizing activities include (but are not limited to) 3 discreet postings on the Interval blog [matafestival.org/interval]. Other potential formats include longer-form hypertext essays, audio or video podcasts, and live presentations on the night of the event. Other innovative ideas welcome.

Interval Season 3 will consist of three performances: October 28th, January 13th, and March 10th. We request that applicants check these dates with artists primary to your proposal before submitting. Ideally, two of the three dates will be conflict-free.

All three concerts take place at IPR’s space in The (OA) Can Factory, an acoustically vibrant, high ceilinged loft-type space that seats up to 80 people. IPR has both a grand and an upright piano. Please note that, in addition to a standard stereo PA system, ISSUE offers a 16-channel hemispheric speaker system that hangs from the ceiling. Please visit issueprojectroom.org for more information.

Funding is not available for travel or housing for CA’s or event participants. Again, MATA budgets up to $1500 to compensate performers. While we encourage the presentation of new works, MATA does not support commissions for the Interval series at this time.

Proposal emails should include the following attachments in PDF format:
1) Applicant’s Resumé/CV
2) Proposal Outline
• A paragraph describing the curatorial concept and/or theme
• A list of potential artists, including short bios and links to web resources
• A paragraph describing contextualizing ideas related to proposed curatorial concept (i.e. blog post topics, podcast content, etc.)