Calling all New Music Ensembles

Date: November 14, 2010

RAM announces a call for proposals from new music ensembles or individual artists dedicated to performing new music to participate in RAM’s new concert series.

While RAM is NYC-based, our home neighborhood is located in the borough of Queens–and several of our member composers reside in Queens neighborhoods. The borough of Queens has a long reputation of being under-represented and under-served by the new music community.

RAM plans to change this.

In 2011, we will present live concerts of new music by some of the best ensembles and individual performers from New York by offering performance space and logistical help to ensembles and individual performers that would like to help RAM further our mission of bringing new music to new audiences.

WHERE: All the concerts will take place at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY. The Secret Theatre is just 3 blocks from the PS1 art museum and just a 4 block walk (or less) from the N, W, R, E, V, G and 7 trains. Long Island City has a burgeoning arts scene, with the Fisher Landau Center for Art , the Dorsky Gallery, the Noguchi Museum, the SculptureCenter, the Flux Factory and a dozen other flourishing arts groups all located nearby. The Secret Theatre is home to 2 performance spaces—a large space that seats 70+ and a smaller, more intimate space, that seats 30+.

The Secret Theatre will provide a box office with one attendant. They will also offer light refreshments for purchase by the audience.

WHAT: RAM is accepting proposals from all groups and all genres of new music. However, at this time The Secret Theatre does not own or have a performance-quality piano. Electronic or digital instruments may be used in the space, though.

The agreement between RAM, the performing ensembles, and the Secret Theatre will stipulate that The Secret Theatre will receive half of the proceeds from ticket sales while the performing ensemble receives the other half. RAM will take nothing. Secret Theatre must be guaranteed $75 for the performance, to meet their basic costs of lighting, sound, and box office staff. The use of the theater will be free. RAM will act as the curator of the series and will serve as a liason between the performers and The Secret Theatre. RAM will also offer logistical support and some web advertising via this website and social media such as facebook.

THE PROPOSAL: All proposals must be submitted via email to The proposal should be no longer than 1 page long, should be submitted as a pdf document, and should include the following information:

* Name of the ensemble or individual artists
* Names of ensemble artistic personnel
* A short description (1 or 2 paragraphs) of the proposed concert
* 2-5 internet links to audio clips or videos of the performing ensemble. If links are not available, please submit 1 or 2 mp3s of performances—no more than 20 megabytes TOTAL
* Email address and name of contact person
* Any dates that cannot be scheduled by your ensemble (we have wide latitude for performance dates, so we can work closely with any group to provide an acceptable performance date)

Preference will be given to proposals with an entire concert program of 1 hour of music or more.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Sunday, November 14, 2010

We look forward to hearing from you!
Random Access Music Composers’ Collective

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Posted on October 27, 2010 by erin

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