Deadline: 15.05.2020, 11:59 PM
Funding for short- or long-term composer agreements. This includes commissioned works, composer-in-residence agreements, residencies and other mutually binding arrangements between commissioning parties and Danish composers within all forms of music.
Please note that you can submit your application until 23:59 on the closing date, but we recommend that you submit earlier.
Changes to the funding programme may occur - the application form is available at least one month before the deadline.
Three deadlines in 2020: 15 January, 15 May, and 15 September.
Who may apply?
- Anyone wishing to commission music from Danish artists across the musical field.
This may include, for example, Danish or non-Danish orchestras, ensembles, concert organizers, museums, festivals, associations, musicians, projects or institutions wishing to host a concert, an event, a publication, or a residency or to engage in another form of binding short- or long-term agreement.
The commissioning party must make an arrangement with the composer, who, in addition to accepting the assignment and the commission, is required to outline the overall artistic concept. You may also apply for funding for music written in collaboration by more than one composer.
The committee encourages hosts and commissioning parties to co-fund the composer’s fee. For larger institutions, co-funding of the composer’s fee is mandatory.
Non-Danish commissioners may also apply.
You can receive funding for:
- Short- or long-term composer agreements
Who may not apply?
- The composer cannot simultaneously be enrolled as an active student on an educational course eligible for SU, nor be enrolled as a PhD student.
Purpose of the program
To stimulate the commissioning of new music by Danish composers in furtherance of a diversity of expressions and musical experiences for the benefit of a large audience.
This goal is pursued by co-funding composers’ fees for new music commissioned by various actors.
How your application will be evaluated?
The general criterion for all grants awarded by the Danish Arts Foundation is the quality of the artistic production and talent viewed in conjunction with the project outlined in the application.
When evaluating the applications, the Committee for Music Grants considers the following criteria:
- Music with an independent, personal, and original expression.
- Music with an ambitious mastery of musical techniques.
- Music, which explores new modes of expression.
- Music, which is surprising or holds promise.
The committee further prioritises artistic activities that:
- articulate and argue for their own artistic-compositional quality
- actively engage with their musical community and relate to the audience and society at large.
Moreover, the committee considers the composer agreement’s use of professional communication, documentation, and PR efforts.
As the committee’s funds are limited, it cannot fund all qualified applications. The committee reserves the right to award a smaller grant than the amount applied for, based on the overall field of applicants, the available funds, and the desire to ensure diversity among the grant recipients.
When evaluating an application, the committee may take into consideration whether the composer is currently receiving or has previously received grants from the Danish Arts Foundation within the past three years. An honorary grant from the Danish Arts Foundation will not be part of the assessment.
What must the application contain
You must submit your application using our digital application form found via the link on this page. We do not accept paper forms.
However, at the bottom of the page, you will find the application form as a PDF. Use this to familiarize yourself with the content and make sure you are ready with all the required information and documents, before filling in the actual application form. The digital application form has a 15-minute session timeout, so you need to fill it in rather quickly.
We recommend you to use the browsers Chrome or Firefox when you fill in the application form.
You must attach the following:
- A mandatory appendix (use this template) containing:
- A description of the proposed composer agreement.
- The composer’s CV.
- Relevant links to audio or video examples of the composer’s work.
- For long-term agreements: A draft of the long-term agreement/residency including a list of planned compositions during the term of the agreement.
- A mandatory MP3 file containing a recent musical piece/audio sample by the composer.
- If relevant, a PDF version of a recent musical score or sample sheet music (maximum 25 pages).
- NB! Files exceeding the allowed page count will be shortened to the first 25 pages. If your score exceeds the allowed amount, it is therefore a good idea to make your own selection of pages before attaching it to the application.
Please be aware of the following:
- The total size of the attached files may not exceed 20 MB.
- We accept the document formats PDF, Word, and MP3. We do not accept ZIP files.
- You are not able to edit an application once you have submitted it. If your application is incomplete, you must submit a new and complete application before the deadline.
- The committee will process the most recently submitted application.
- Your application must include all the required attachments in order to be processed by the committee.
- You are responsible for ensuring that your application has been filled in correctly and that all required attachments are included. Please check your email receipt for a list of the documents attached to your submitted application.
How much you may apply for?
To get an idea of usual grant amounts, you can look at previously awarded grants on our website (in Danish).
If the committee decides to grant your application, the composer’s fee is paid directly to the composer. We pay the grant as soon as possible after we have received a copy of the completed musical piece from the composer.
The composer must have a NemKonto available for the payment transfer. We transfer all grants to the NemKonto linked to the Danish CPR/CVR number stated in the application. If you, for example, apply with a new CVR number, you have to make sure that it is linked to a NemKonto. You have to do this before a potential grant is awarded.
We report the grant to the Danish Tax Agency, but tax has not been deducted from the payment.
You will receive the committee’s decision via email within 12 weeks after the application deadline.
Throughout those weeks, the committee will read and process all submitted applications. We will publish all awarded grants on our website (in Danish), once all applicants have received the committee’s decision.
The names of all applicants are made public on our website in the committees’ minutes (in Danish).
When you have submitted your application
When you have submitted your application, you will receive an email receipt with your application number. Remember to state your application number if you contact us.
In your email receipt, you will also find an overview of the documents attached to your application. It is your responsibility to check that all required documents are submitted, so please check the list to be sure.
Decisions are made in accordance with section 3(1), cf. (2) and (3) of the Danish Act on the Danish Arts Foundation’s Activities (Act no. 458 of 8 May 2013).
When the Danish Arts Foundation awards grants, it is important, and not least legally required, that the money is used for the purpose you have described in your application. Therefore, you must report on your composer agreement to the Agency for Culture and Palaces.
When you receive funding for a composer agreement, the composer must send us a copy of the completed musical piece(s), before we pay the grant. Read more about how to report on your composer agreement (in Danish).
Who will evaluate your application?
The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Music Grants processes the applications and makes the final decision concerning the distribution of the committee’s funds.
Application form as PDF?
On this site made all submitted electronically, but many people benefit from print a PDF to orient themselves in the requirements before they reach the completion of the actual application. But remember that you can not complete the form by hand and return it physical or analogy.
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