INTERNATIONAL OPEN CALL
FOR COMPOSERS UNDER 35 WITH DISABILITIES
or ARTISTIC TEAM OF COMPOSERS UNDER 35, INCLUDING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

PASS – Promoting Accessible Shows combining music and performing arts for people with sensory and cognitive disabilities

PROJECT SUMMARY

“Let’s PASS” is a call to action, a call for a change of perspective, a counter-narrative of disabilities in the performing arts. PASS – Promoting Accessible Shows is an international project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union, addressing the problem of lack of engagement and visibility for artists and audiences with cognitive and sensory disabilities in live performances and performing arts. The project is coordinated by Fondazione Arturo Toscanini (Italy) with ACCAC (Finland), En Dynamei (Greece) and Studio Citadela (Czech Republic).
We are all unique individuals with different physical characteristics, personalities, backgrounds, beliefs, sexual orientations, and abilities. However, we are also similar because we all have a genetic code, place of birth, and individual talents and preferences. Each of us has their own identity, which makes us stand out from others. It is the diversity among us that makes us equal and special as individuals and also allows us to work together effectively as a group.
In the PASS project, we see diversity as a value, an opportunity for growth for the individual and the community. We want to think about a new way of performing arts where everyone can feel like leading players: all artists should be able to express their art without blocks or barriers and everyone should be able to access live performances.
Partners will create a European highly accessible and multidisciplinary pilot performance using assistive technologies and combining music, theater, dance and visual arts involving artists with disabilities in the creative process. The project will start with an analysis and mapping of needs and good practices in tables with representatives of institutions, schools and associations to draw up guidelines for the creation of accessible performances. Partners will develop a co-creation process with disabled artists and primary school pupils to create a pilot performance with technologies and integrated artistic languages. The process includes experimental workshops with schools, artistic residencies and staff trainings on accessibility requirements. The show will make its debut in Italy in March 2025 and will tour in all partner countries. The main output will be a reference model of a multidisciplinary accessible performance with an inclusive multimedia programme and guidelines for the creation of highly accessible performances.

PROJECTS & CALL OBJECTIVES

The PASS project is based on aims in line with the Sustainable Development Goals outlined in the UN 2030 Agenda. In particular, due to its educational nature and the main target group (children between 6 and 10 years old), the project aims at pursuing Goal n.4: “Ensure inclusive and equal quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. Using the arts to work on inclusion and the reduction of physical, cognitive and sensory barriers in the processes of live performance production and enjoyment is the main goal the project aims at, together with the participation and enhancement of artists with disabilities. Other objectives:

  • Developing the capacity of performing arts’ operators in to create accessible artistic contents;
  • Creating permanent multi-stakeholder confrontation on accessibility in arts;
  • Increasing acknowledgement and mobility of performances with artists with disabilities in Europe;
  • Enlarging the audience with a focus on children with sensory and cognitive disabilities.

SUBJECT OF THE CALL

This call is published for the selection of a composer under 35 with disabilities or a group of composers under 35 including persons with disabilities to be included in the artistic team of the PASS Project.

As the European Disability Forum points out in its latest report on human rights, the picture of the right to work of persons with disabilities in Europe is rather discouraging. These data confirm that the condition of disability continues to be particularly exclusionary in the world of work. This condition is even more prejudicial if we also consider the gender difference.
In this context and with reference to the main objectives on which the project’s European network is based, the main objectives of the call are:

  • Contribute to the development and artistic appreciation of artists with disabilities;
  • Revolutionise the range of performing arts programming through the presentation of world-class works with a disability as their theme;
  • To increase interest in disability issues also in the performing arts sector;
  • To create the best possible conditions for finding, developing, producing and presenting the work of artists with disabilities.

The call aims to create an opportunity of growth, comparison and professional employment to enhance the artistic talent of emerging composers with disabilities.

The intention, through this call, is to select an artist or an artistic collective to be entrusted with the commission of one or two original pieces for symphonic orchestra (to be arranged also for chamber ensemble – instrumentation to be defined), which take into account the presence of the Sign Language in choreographic form during the musical performance and, therefore, is able to integrate and harmonise it.

The pieces – that can be realized or developed also during the artistic residencies envisaged by the project in traditional and/or digital form – must be unpublished.

The reference theme is the celebration of life and the joy of living.

The composer or artistic team identified through this call may also be asked to arrange pieces/excerpts from the symphonic or traditional/folk repertoire. An artistic residency in Thessaloniki during August 2024 may also be envisaged for the composer or a part of the artistic team identified by the call.

REQUIREMENTS

The call is reserved for composers under 35 years old of any gender and nationality, with disabilities of any kind.

Composers under 35 with disabilities of any kind who are included in artistic groups, also informally formed, may participate in the call.

The PASS project aims to promote a radical idea of inclusion and intends to take into account the extent to which the condition of disability is closely related to culture and context: this is why composers who define themselves as disabled may also participate in the call.
Possession of an academic degree in the field of music and professional experience in the music sector is not compulsory but will be a preferential requirement.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Participation in the call is free of charge and implies acceptance of this call in its entirety.

Applications must be received by 20 June 2024 exclusively online in two different ways:

  1. Using the application form: bit.ly/letspass_application-form
  2. Writing to the email: info@letspass.eu

Each applicant, as an individual composer or as contact person for the composers’ group, must send the following documentation by the online form or by the email:

  • Mandatory: copy of a valid identity document;
  • Mandatory: educational and professional curriculum vitae;
  • Mandatory: one or two already realised musical compositions, available in pdf format with related audio file;
  • Optional: any link to an artistic portfolio in digital version that allows the artistic quality of already realised musical compositions to be assessed.

In order to ensure the best conditions for accessibility and inclusion, applicants are invited to indicate their specific needs* in the application form and can send their application by the best method for each one, following the instructions in the online application or writing by email.

*For example: Do you need wheelchair access? Do you have a medical condition we should keep in mind? Do you require assistance with certain types of tasks or intend to take part with an assistant? Do you need a translation?

EVALUATION

The evaluation committee, composed of representatives of the 4 project partner institutions – Fondazione Arturo Toscanini (Italy) with ACCAC (Finland), En Dynamei (Greece), Studio Citadela (Czech Republic) – will select at its sole discretion the composer under 35 with disabilities or the artistic collective within which there is at least one artist under 35 with disabilities, assessing their artistic-professional profile and the musical works they have already produced.

Applicants who pass the selection on the basis of the submitted documentation will be called for an interview (online) with the evaluation committee to assess their motivation to participate in the PASS project and their readiness to interact with the various arts and project actors.

The outcome of the call will be communicated to candidates by 10 July 2024 by e-mail and by publication of the ranking list on the PASS Project website: www.letspass.eu
Should the selected artist(s) renounce the assignment, the ranking list shall be short-listed.
The commission reserves the right not to select any composer/composer if there are no candidates meeting the requirements and/or works whose artistic-musical quality is judged insufficient in its sole discretion.

COMPOSITION TASK

The selected composer or composers team will be formally entrusted with the composition of not more than 2 original musical pieces, to be performed during the year 2025, with an expected remuneration of € 1.500,00 (gross and all-inclusive of any fees and expenses). The specific characteristics of the musical compositions to be realised and the precise timetable will be communicated directly to the person or artistic team of reference who will be awarded the call, who will be asked to undertake to respect the project timetable and objectives.

The composer or artistic team identified through this call may also be asked to arrange pieces from the symphonic or traditional/folk repertoire.

The composer and the members of the artistic team identified must also be willing to work with electronic music if necessary, incorporating sound effects in interaction with classical music.
The selected artist shall transfer exclusively to the project partner organisations all rights of use of the musical compositions/arrangements that are the subject of the assignment. The rights to the works will in any case remain the property of the selected artist or artistic collective.

INFORMATION AND CONTACT
Websites:
FONDAZIONE ARTURO TOSCANINI
ACCAC FINLAND
EN DYNAMEI
STUDIO CITADELA

E-mail:
info@letspass.eu

ACCAC is looking for partners to create an open Toolkit for Inclusive Digital Design. We want to initiate a collective of creatives, innovators, users, professionals and regulators. This collective will rethink the digital experience through pilot projects with bold organisations ready to re-create their websites and services, or parts of them.

Accessible Arts and Culture will lead this project in 4 phases:

  1. Call for Interest to find partners and raise interest towards the project
  2. Create a steering group, raise funding and find pilot projects
  3. Execution of pilot projects and documenting the process
  4. Open a toolkit of innovative methods for everyone to use and raise awareness

What are we looking for?

  • Designers
  • Coders
  • Innovators
  • Disability organisations
  • Regulators
  • Organising partners
  • Interested individuals

If you are interested in joining us, please fill in the form below by 30 September 2021.

https://forms.gle/WL8SuNLCiEpfy6XZ7

For more information, contact:

Sasu Paakkunainen
Co-Founder of ACCAC Global
Board Member at ACCAC Finland
sasu@accac.global

ACCAC will present a virtual art exhibition as part of the ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival’s programme. The exhibition features various international artists and has no entry fe.

The gallery can be found here, together with the artists’ descriptions.

By clicking the tree short lines on the top right corner of the exhibition screen you can view a list of the artwork in the exhibition, move to see them closely and open the exhibition in full screen mode. You can move around the gallery also by your mouse or by clicking the arrows on the screen.

A video of the gallery:

ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival in August brings together interesting performers and speakers from all over the world

ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival takes place from 25th to 29th of August 2021 in Tampere, Finland. The organizer ACCAC Finland is creating an accessible event for everyone. The programme includes music and dance performances, movies, culture market, art exhibition, special eSports world championship tournament and various professional seminars.  

The main stage for the event is in Pakkahuone, Tampere, with different virtual elements. Parts of the programme will also be streamed out for the international audience. Making the event hybrid allows the event’s programme to stay versatile and bring people together, regardless of possible travel restrictions. 

ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival promotes diversity and equality. “Every single visitor and performer should feel welcome, just as they are”, emphasizes Kirsi Mustalahti, the founder of ACCAC network. 

Tampere-based ACCAC Finland also celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year. Acknowledging that many services in the field of culture, art and events are not equal to all is what drives the association forward. Ignorance often creates situations that strengthen inequality and discrimination. The mission of the association is a world possible for everyone, and this is also the core value of ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival. 

In 10 years the Accessible Arts and Culture network (ACCAC) has grown to run in over 12 countries around the world, and the network keeps on growing. Various restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the value of equality and accessibility even more. 

Tampere, the capital of equality

Tampere, the birth city of the ACCAC network, invests in systematic work towards equality and equality is also the leading theme in Tampere and Pirkanmaa region’s application for the European Capital of Culture 2026. The project promotes wellbeing, quality of life and equality through culture. The ACCAC network proudly supports Tampere region with its pursuit towards equality!

Information
ACCAC.fi
ACCAC Facebook

ACCAC Finland and our main partner (the City of Tampere) have made the responsible decision to postpone the ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival scheduled for this autumn by one year.

The Festival will take place in Tampere, Finland between 25-28 August 2021.

The reason for this decision is the COVID-19 virus and resulting uncertainty about the near future and how our global community will manage the situation. At a time when people’s movements are being restricted for health reasons, we cannot prepare to welcome participants from more than 20 countries and every continent. The health and safety of people is our most important value.

Now our focus is to ensure that ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival’s amazing programme takes place one year later – after the world has recovered from this crisis and the coronavirus is under control.

Here at the ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival we’re going to focus on making every participant and performer feel welcome just the way they are. Customer service that is diverse and respects everyone is important to us. We will also ensure that all of our event staff and volunteers are trained, aware of our values, and committed to implementing them with a friendly and open attitude. We are certain that every participant will feel safe at the discrimination-free ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival.

We’re building an environment in which the diverse colours of cultures can shine bright, good experiences can build new bridges to the future, and art and culture can improve the global atmosphere.

Hope to see you in Tampere, in August 2021!

We wish you the best of health!

The ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival will be postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

ACCAC Finland and its main partner (the City of Tampere) have made a responsible decision to postpone the ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival scheduled for this autumn by one year. The exact dates of the 2021 event will be announced as soon as possible, after new facility reservations have been made and other groundwork has been completed.

The reason for this decision is the COVID-19 virus and resulting uncertainty about the near future and how our global community will manage the situation. At a time when people’s movements are being restricted for health reasons, we cannot prepare to welcome participants from more than 20 countries and every continent. The health and safety of people is our most important value.

Preparations for the event were already well under way, and we have been ready to publish the festival programme since March. Now our focus is to ensure that this amazing programme takes place one year later – after the world has recovered from this crisis and coronavirus is under control.

We would like to thank you all for understanding, and we wish you the best of health!

ACCAC Finland would like to welcome its international network, amazing performers and interesting speakers from more than 20 countries to Tampere. We want to create an event that is suitable for everyone, including a touching programme, energetic concerts and new openings in the fields of accessible technology and innovations.

Each and every one of us is part of our culture. Culture belongs to everyone who makes and experiences it. Art has value itself, but it also plays a major role in promoting the well-being of people. Art and culture help us to better understand each other and they provide a natural way to share communication and emotions. Positive experiences are like endorphins for our brains, and common experiences build a sense of community, diversity and participation for all.

The world is changing very quickly, and our global community is facing new challenges. Rather than letting things like climate change, increased terrorism, and new health threats such as the coronavirus make our world more selfish and self-centred, I hope our global community will embrace the change. 

We need a shared mission that has nothing to do with politics or religion. Diversity touches every one of us and all parts of our community. We can use it to change the world and our point of view. We need to understand that everything in the world that happens to one of us affects all of us. Equality can also help us learn to respect cultures and different ways of operating.

Here at the ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival, we’re going to focus on making every participant and performer feel welcome just the way they are. Customer service that is diverse and respects everyone is important to us. We will also ensure that all of our event staff and volunteers are trained, aware of our values, and committed to implementing them with a friendly and open attitude. I’m certain that every participant will feel safe at the discrimination-free ACCAC Culture 2.0 Festival.

We‘re building an environment in which the diverse colours of cultures can shine bright, good experiences can build new bridges to the future, and art and culture can improve the global atmosphere.

Welcome to Tampere!

Kirsi Mustalahti
Founder of ACCAC