CNZ Thrilled To Support Music Residencies

1 Nov 2021

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NZSM - Te Kōkī in partnership with Creative New Zealand will offer three music residencies

Creative New Zealand is thrilled to support three music residencies offered by Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī (NZSM) in 2022

Creative New Zealand is thrilled to support three music residencies offered by Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington’s New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī (NZSM) in 2022 said Arts Practice Director Music & Opera, Hayley Dingwall. 

The three residencies are:

Composer-in-Residence.  A 10-month residency from 28 February–18 December 2022 open to practitioners working in any musical/sound-based discipline.

Jazz Composer-in-Residence  A six-month residency from 27 June–18 December 2022 open to jazz composers working towards the production of an album of original work. The residency also includes a grant towards album recording expenses.

Sound Artist-in-Residence  A three-month residency from 26 September–18 December 2022 open to sonic artists working towards a presentation of sound art works at Toi Pōneke.

“I am thrilled to support these three residencies that I know will enable valuable contributions to the repertoire of NZ music and give artists paid opportunities to focus on their craft. I am especially excited about the new Jazz Composer-in-Residence. I believe this is the first time an opportunity like this with a focus on jazz has been made available in NZ and I so look forward to seeing what may come of making this space for those creating jazz from Aotearoa.”

In response, Programme Director of Composition and Sonic Arts at New Zealand School of Music – Te Kōkī, Associate Professor Michael Norris said “In the last few decades, we have seen a steady decline in opportunities for composers, dwindling from about six residencies in the 1990s down to just one as of 2021. It is fantastic that, in partnership with Creative NZ, we have been able to introduce not just one, but three opportunities to support our composing whānau.

Upon hearing of the residency programme Jazz composer, Jake Baxendale said that he was "Delighted that there is a project underway to properly recognise jass composition in Aotearoa.  With such an opportunity, many fine composers would be encouraged to stay in Aotearoa and work on their practice, rather than seeking better opportunities overseas. The residency also creates opportunities for local ensembles, as a number of established groups would be involved as potential collaborators.  Jazz composition in this country primarily involves artists writing music for themselves and their own ensembles to perform; the opportunity to write music for other ensenbles represents another shift in the landscape, and could result in some very fruitful collaborations that otherwise would not occur."

Funding support for the new residencies was provided through an Annual Arts Grant of $122, 840.

Applications for the Residencies: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/nzsm/about/residence/composer

Further Residency information: https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/news/2021/11/three-composer-residencies-at-the-new-zealand-school-of-musicte-koki-announced-for-2022

Information on Creative New Zealand Annual Arts Grants: https://www.creativenz.govt.nz/covid-19-response/faqs/annual-arts-grants-2021-22