Call For Artists

White Snake Projects is currently soliciting artists for the following projects (click on the text to learn more and apply):

SING OUT STRONG: Incarcerated Voices

White Snake Projects is excited to announce the fourth commissioning Call for SING OUT STRONG, a community-based project that sets stories to music on activist themes to amplify underrepresented voices. In 2019, we launched this song series with SING OUT STRONG: Immigrant Voices. In 2020, due to the Covid-19 virus, we took these concerts online for SING OUT STRONG: DeColonized Voices, and SING OUT STRONG: Essential Voices to great acclaim.

White Snake Projects has curated texts written by people who have experienced or are currently experiencing incarceration. These writers are figuring out life strategies every day when they wake up in their cells; they are working to reassimilate into society; they are mothers who become “lifers” because their children are lifers; poets, philosophers, activists . . . The stories that emerge show the humanity and brilliance of those experiencing incarceration as they forge new bonds, reconcile themselves with their actions, and move beyond mere survival to redefine what it means to live life fully within the constraints of the US penal system. It is humbling, frightening, and eye-opening. It is powerful, moving, and unapologetic. It is a call to action to those of us who have never experienced incarceration to make the changes necessary to break the cycle of poverty, discrimination, devaluation of black and brown lives, and incarceration.

We’re seeking composers who are moved by the times we live in and who want to collaborate to lift up the voices of people who have or currently are experiencing incarceration, and their families.

To apply, please fill out the online form here: https://forms.gle/HqkxEH5QWS3tK6SD8

-Composers, please submit two (2) links to recorded samples of your work on hosted audio or video on sites like YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud. Studio- quality recordings are not required. Due to the ongoing pandemic, SOS: Incarcerated Voices will be a virtual concert. Please bear that in mind when composing your piece. Musical Forces: Piano, cello and Soprano or Mezzo. Length: 2-5 minutes of music.

-Any questions, email us at [email protected] with SING OUT STRONG: Incarcerated Voices, as the subject.

-The applicants selected will be paid an honorarium.

-Deadline: July 2nd, 2021. Selected writers and composers will be notified by mid July, 2021.

-Final songs are due September 7th, 2021

PLEASE NOTE: SELECTION AS AN SOS COMPOSER DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOUR WORK WILL BE PERFORMED OR PRESENTED BY WHITE SNAKE PROJECTS.

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