Call for Workshop Leaders UNM2021: Aarhus—(un)common ground


Call for people to create and lead an outreach workshop for a group of students from the local music school under the mentorship of Lasse D. Hansen.

The call is open to composers, musicians, sound artists, musicologists, theorists, artists, educators, and anyone in between. We are not only looking for experienced educators, but encourage anyone who considers outreach, education, and the participatory to be part of their practice to apply. The goal is not only to stimulate community in Aarhus, but also to provide the workshop leaders with tools to do similar work in their own communities.

Ung Nordisk Musik is a festival for young composers, sound artists, and performance artists based in any of the Nordic countries. In 2021, the festival will be held 9–15/8, and the workshop will take place 6–15/8, both in Aarhus, Denmark.
It UNM’s goal that the annual festival leaves a lasting, positive impact on the local community where it takes place, despite changing location every year. This outreach project is an integral part of this goal.
In the months leading up to the festival, the participants will be planning and leading a workshop under the guidance of mentor Lasse D. Hansen.

Lasse D. Hansen is a Danish composer, educator, and music journalist.
Hansen is an active organizer of composition workshops and as a mentor for children and young people throughout Denmark, and regularly cooperates with SPOR Festival, Jeunesses Musicales, the Danish Composers’ Society, the Danish National Academy of Music, the Royal Danish Academy of Music, BUSTER Film Festival and Spil Dansk. In addition to teaching musical communication at the Danish National Academy of Music, Hansen has also been a visiting teacher and lecturer at The Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC), The Royal Danish Academy of Music, and Engelsholm Højskole, where he taught composers, musicians, songwriters, and producers.

The workshop itself will be led by the participants, and each day will end with a debriefing session led by the mentor.
The results of the workshop can be presented at one of the festival concerts.

In 2021, the festival’s theme is (un)common ground, and we invite you to consider what this can mean in terms of music education, outreach, and participatory practices.
(un)common ground, suggests both the mutually understood and the rarefied. It encompasses the geographic notion of the nordic region as a shared space amongst the festival’s participants without treating them as a monolithic group, but may also point towards ways of using the public/private local venues in which the festival’s events occur. The common ground is communicative while the uncommon ground is alienating. The common ground implies a sense of equality amongst individuals while the uncommon ground acknowledges the asymmetry of power. We hope the large number of possible interpretations will give applicants the freedom to exploit the theme’s vagueness and solicit a diverse array of responses that will help us understand what exactly is our (un)common ground.

Travel and accommodation expenses up to 8.300 DKK will be covered by the festival.
Selected participants must be present during the entire workshop period, as well as the ensuing festival.

An independent jury of 3 professional composers / musicians /educators will select a total of 5 participants. The identities of the jury members will be revealed along with the 5 chosen workshop leaders in October 2020.
As far as possible, priority will be given to one participant from each of the five Nordic countries.

The application should contain:
A motivational letter (max. 250 words)
A sketch of, or thoughts on, what the workshop could look like and what it could contain, as well as what longer term effects that would have on the local community. This can take any form, but should not exceed 400 words and/or 5 minutes of material.
A portfolio of previous work representative of the applicant’s current practice

1. The application form is found here:

2. The applicant must be under the age of 30 or currently studying. The applicant must also be a resident and/or citizen of one of the five Nordic countries—Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

3. The selection process is anonymous. Therefore, all material MUST be free from dedications, or any mention of ensembles or previous performances, festivals, workshops, etc.

4. UNM Denmark must receive all materials by no later than 11:59 PM on the 15 of June 2020.

5. ANONYMOUS material must be sent in digital form (remember to delete all metadata!):
Send all materials (.pdf/mp3/mp4 etc, either as an attachment or via dropbox/wetransfer) together with a completed application form to: