Call for Papers, Demos & Presentations


The Midlands New Music Symposium invites submission of proposals for Papers and Presentations in any area of contemporary music and creative sound practice in the fields of composition, performance practice, and technology. The symposium themes are open to let participants set the agenda. We do however welcome submissions that engage with the New Music Weekend theme of Deep Sounds, namely works for low pitched instruments and/or electronics. Individuals may submit up to two proposals. All presentations must be given in English.

We also have a Call for works and Call for Recitals and Lecture Recitals

Paper Presentations (20 minutes followed by Q&A): open to creative practitioners (artists, composers, musicians etc.), technologists and musicologists. Papers should be 20-minutes and can include Audio/Visual playback.

Demostrations (20 minutes followed by Q&A): open to creative practitioners and technologists. Demonstrations should be 20-minutes and can include Audio/Visual playback.

Presentations (c.10-minutes followed by Q&A):  Open to practitioners, this is an opportunity to present on a topic of choice (i.e. a composition, repertoire, share work in progress, discuss practice or technique, etc.) in an informal setting. Presentations will be grouped into panels of four and will include a 20-minute Q&A session. Presentations should be in the region of 10-minutes and can include Audio/Visual playback.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should comprise of two sides of A4 (as outlined below) in PDF format, emailed to no later than Sunday, March 8th 2020 (23:59 GMT) DEADLINE EXTENDED: SUNDAY 15th MARCH 2020 (23.59 GMT).

Page 1 – Please provide information under the following headings:

  • Name
  • Institution (where applicable)
  • Postal address
  • Phone
  • E-mail Address
  • Presentation type (presentation; paper presentation)
  • Technical requirements (projector; audio playback; piano; whiteboard etc.)

Page 2 – Please provide information where relevant:

  • Presentation & Demonstartions: A short 200-word proposal and 100-word biography.
  • Paper Presentation: An abstract of not more than 250-words and 100-word biography.

If you require further information, please email:

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, March 8th 2020 (23:59 GMT). Late entries will not be accepted. Selected decisions are final, and no further correspondence will be entered into. Applicants will be notified by the end of March 2020.

Financial assistance: NottFAR is unable to provide financial assistance to cover the costs of travel and accommodation for artists accepted to the open call.  However, we will provide a small amount of fee waivers for individuals who are not in full-time salaried employment. Fee waivers are contingent on your proposal being accepted by our committee and will be prioritised by need. We can also provide letters of support for individuals applying for funding. For any further queries, please contact:

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