2021 RECORDING COMPETITION

Starting in 2021, we are welcoming soloists, ensembles, and composers looking for a chance to record a music video with Blank House Media free of charge.* We believe that documentation is an opportunity for expression, and our mission is to create recordings of new or under-recorded works that fully realize the artistic vision of the composers and ensembles. The videos will be workshopped and produced in close collaboration with the composers and ensembles. There are no limitations on style, genre, or other aesthetic concerns. We want to help your hard work come to life.  

 

Blank House Media acknowledges the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the likelihood of this continuing into 2021, we are looking to record groups up to 6 members maximum. For this project, the Blank House Media team will consist of two members, keeping the total number of workers in a space to 8 or under. Our goal is to provide a safe and efficient recording environment without sacrificing the quality of the final product. More details will be discussed with accepted ensembles on a situational basis. 

Blank House Media will select 2 projects to produce. Depending on the strength of the application pool, more winners may be selected. Recording times will be scheduled on a project-to-project basis between February and April 2021.

 

*Winners of this competition will receive our full music video production services free of charge. Our services include audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering, along with video recording, editing, and producing. If the performing ensemble is not able to provide a space for recording, members may be asked to provide funding for rental spaces. Some financial support is available to help with these costs. We are aiming to keep the costs as low as possible for the performers to help facilitate the creation of works for under-represented groups and composers. 
 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Performers

Composers

  • ensemble/performer biography or artist statement (500 words or less)

  • audio or video recordings of 1-3 other relevant performances

  • piece for proposal (score and recording optional*)

  • contact availability with composer

  • 1-2 paragraphs describing vision for project

  • composer biography or artist statement (500 words or less)

  • audio or video recordings of 1-3 other relevant works

  • piece for proposal (score and recording optional*)

  • performer information

  • 1-2 paragraphs describing vision for project

*We welcome improvisation, sound installations, music outside the notated tradition, and works yet to be recorded to be involved in this project. Scores and recordings are optional, but if the project you have in mind has notation of any kind or an audio mockup or demo (even MIDI), please provide those materials. 

 

As stated above, there are no artistic limitations for your project.  We are interested in exploring the narrative, experimental, and programmatic elements of each project. We are also drawn to capturing live, one-shot, improvisatory or “live” style videos in a unique way. 

If you are a composer/performer planning on performing your own work, please apply as a performer. Multiple submissions are allowed. In-progress works are eligible for submission, as long as the project is finalized by time of recording. Please include the estimated project completion time in the description for your proposal, and we can work with you to schedule a recording time.

JUDGES

APPLY

To apply, please use the forms below.

There is no application fee. The application deadline is 11:59PM CST, January 8th, 2021. 

Any questions regarding the application can be emailed to

competition@blankhousemedia.com

SUPPORT

This initiative is funded entirely through goodwill donations. Help support this project with a donation. Your support will help fund various parts of the project including:

compensation for judges, travel and lodging fees, rental costs, and more.