The objective of the award is to offer a composer the resources to refine a work in order to generate a more definitive and satisfactory version for inclusion in a recording and future performances.
The Harry Freedman Fund was established by the Freedman family to commemorate the pioneering Canadian composer. The fund offers the Award every second year to a Canadian composer working in collaboration with one to six musicians, or a Canadian composer-performer. The award will contribute to the creative costs (rehearsal and editing of a piece), or the recording costs, associated with making audio recordings of Canadian composers’ music for a confirmed future commercial release—in any physical and/or digital format. The Harry Freedman Recording Award is valued at $3,000 Canadian.
- The recording will be the first commercial release of the proposed work.
- The proposed work has no more than six (6) performing parts, with or without electroacoustics.
- The proposed work must be premiered prior to the release of the commercial recording.
- Description: Describe the proposed recording project (3000 characters max)
- Timeline: A brief outline of when the piece would be rehearsed, and the expected recording and release dates (2000 characters max)
- Budget: Indicate how the $3,000 will be spent (2000 characters max)
- Proof of Premiere (PDF): Documentation of a former performance, or an upcoming performance for the proposed work
- Résumé or CV (PDF): Both the composer and performer(s) should submit résumés or CVs
- Letter(s) of Agreement (PDF):
- The composer and performer(s) sign a statement of intent that confirms their collaboration on the recording project and;
- Where applicable, submit a short letter from a record label confirming a future release
- Support Material:
- A score of the proposed work (PDF)
- An archival audio or video recording of the proposed work, preferably in performance or a demo recording from rehearsals (link to streaming audio/video), MIDI recordings will not be accepted
- If the archival recording of the proposed work does not feature the performer(s) collaborating on the commercial recording, a separate recording of the collaborating performer(s) must be submitted to demonstrate their abilities (link to streaming audio)
Streaming audio/video files should be hosted on Soundcloud, Youtube, Vimeo, Bandcamp, or another reliable streaming site. Files must remain available until March 2018.
A proposal that does not include a score and recording of the proposed work will not be accepted.
Proposals will be assessed based on their artistic merit and the benefit to the respective careers of the affiliated composer and musician(s). The jury must also determine that an applicant will be able to carry out the project. Unsuccessful proposals will be encouraged to resubmit and, where possible, constructive feedback will be offered to encourage the realization of their recording.
The decision of the jury is final and there is no procedure for appeal.
The commercial recording must acknowledge the support of the Harry Freedman Recording Fund and the Canadian Music Centre in the liner notes.