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Opera North Seeks BAME Artists for Resonance Residencies

Opera North are seeking applications from music-makers and composers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds living in the north of England for their third programme of Resonance residencies, supported by PRS Foundation.

Published: 01 October 2019 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:30 PM
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The residency is open to musicians and composers working in any genre. Photocredit: Shutterstock

Launched in 2017, Resonance offers professional musicians and composers working in any genre the opportunity to develop new ideas, to collaborate with performers from other disciplines and to take their work in new directions.

Successful applicants for the new round of residencies will receive up to a week of free rehearsal space in central Leeds in March and April 2020, a grant of up to £3,500 to cover fees for those involved and other costs, support and advice from technicians, producers and other specialists, and an optional ‘work in progress’ performance.

The structure and support provided will be tailored to the particular needs of each artist.

In an interview recorded after his spring 2019 residency, Zimbabwean singer Thabo talks about how Resonance helped him to develop his innovative new multi-sensory performance involving music, visuals and a series of scents:

To apply for a residency as part of Resonance 2020, artists should fill in Opera North’s short online form and submit it by 10:00am on Monday 14 October 2019.

To qualify for consideration, the lead artist must be a professional composer, musician or music maker from a BAME background, aged 18 years old or over and living in the north of England.

Find out more about the Resonance residencies, and previous successful applicants, on Opera North’s website.

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