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December 15, 2022

Call for Proposals: Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival

Cluster is currently accepting proposals for the 2023 & 2024 Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival (June 8-11, 2023 & dates TBD June 2024 in Winnipeg, MB, Canada). Although the festival’s programming has a strong focus on sound, submissions from all disciplines (including multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects) are encouraged. This year Cluster is pleased to invite all proposals with no specific thematic focus.

As a festival, Cluster is dedicated to the presentation and production of thought-provoking, risk-taking work of the highest artistic integrity. In the past, Cluster’s calls for submissions have resulted in the selection of diverse projects ranging from electroacoustic music to exhibited sculptures to immersive multimedia installations. We want you to surprise us—show us what is urgent in today’s world of art and performance!

Logistical Details Submissions should take the form of a full evening-length performance or presentation (40-70 mins) or a similarly significant installation or exhibition project. Cluster will provide a fee of up to $2000 CAD to the successful applicant(s) that is to be understood as the total project budget (including artist fees as well as any travel, lodging, or special technical or material requirements). Cluster will provide an appropriate venue for the project, a technician for the evening of the performance, as well as four hours of setup and dress rehearsal. In addition, Cluster will provide a basic PA, mixer, projector and cabling.

Submission Details Submissions may comprise multiple projects, OR artists may submit multiple separate submissions. This year we will only be accepting cloud-based submissions. As such, all files must be uploaded to services such as SoundCloud (sound), Youtube or Vimeo (video), Flickr (photos), ISSUU (pdfs), an unrestricted (open permissions) Google Drive folder or your personal website. We will not accept any uploaded or attached files that must be downloaded. Please ensure that your links are stable, password-free, with open viewing permissions and are not taken down at any time, as we will review submissions over a two-week period. Do not provide links that will expire at any time before January 1, 2023.

Note: Submissions can be made through the provided online form (link below) You cannot save this online form, so we suggest preparing your submission in a word processing program and saving it before completing any of the forms. Leaving the page will cause you to lose your progress.

Evaluation Submissions will be evaluated based on the vision, artistic integrity, and viability of the proposed work, as demonstrated by the project proposal and supporting materials. Proposed works need not be completed or fully developed — we will consider works-in-progress and as-yet unrealized proposals.

Important Dates All submissions must be received by December 15, 2022, 11:59 pm Central Time. Selected artists will be notified mid-late January 2023.

Accessibility

Cluster welcomes submissions from artists of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and persons who are disabled. If the format of this application prohibits you from applying, please contact info@clusterfestival.com to arrange an alternative submission method.