The Lori Davies Composition Award for Excellence in Dance, Opera or Music Theatre is presented annually to a mid-career composer who displays excellence in Dance, Opera or Music Theatre. It was established in memory of Lori Davies (1939-2021) by her family and friends. As the wife and business partner of composer and longtime SOCAN and SOCAN Foundation Board member, Victor Davies, Lori was deeply connected and integrated into the business of creating and producing music in Canada. Lori also had a real love of the musical genres identified in this Award and was a board member of Manitoba Opera. From 2001 to 2004, she served as Executive Director of the Guild of Canadian Film Composers, where her energies and vision enabled the organization to expand and broaden its mandate to become truly national in scope with the well-articulated goal of representing all AV music composers across Canada. Her legacy lives on in the now-named, Screen Composers Guild of Canada.

Applicants must submit an application through SOCAN Foundation’s application portal by the deadline.

Value

Award Recipient will be selected to receive a grant prize of up to $5,000.00.

Selection Process

Eligible applications must come from an individual composer and will be considered by a jury of prominent Canadian music creators and industry representatives selected by SOCAN Foundation. Excellence will be demonstrated by an evaluation of the application’s following three components:

– Past training and experience in the areas of music for dance, opera or music theatre as summarized in a curriculum vitae.

– The uploading of a score’s PDF and sending of a link to a recording/video of a dance, opera or music theatre work that has received a professional premiere performance within the last three calendar years prior to the competition’s deadline (in other words, the work must have been received its first professional performance on January 1st or later, commencing from three years before the current application year). While the submitted work can be in any compositional style or genre, the jury will be instructed to specifically assess the composer’s ability to shape their music to effectively capture narrative or dramatic storytelling.

– A thoughtful statement of no more than 750 words, that describes the composer’s mid-career profile and how the Award would be used to help advance the applicant’s career.

Eligibility Criteria

This award is self-nominating and eligible composers must apply directly on their own. To be considered for the Award, the applicant must:

– Be a citizen, landed immigrant or permanent resident of Canada.

– Be a SOCAN member, OR, be eligible to become a SOCAN member if selected for the Award (that is, the applicant is not a member of any music performing rights organization at the time they are selected as the Award winner).

– Not be a past or current board member or employee of SOCAN or SOCAN Foundation.

Terms and Conditions

Application Process

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Applications are submitted using the smartsimple.ca application portal operated by SOCAN Foundation. All information must be entered, and material be uploaded to the application portal by 11:59 PM EDT on August 15 including:

– A PDF of an up-to-date curriculum vitae that includes information about education, training, and related experience of composing music in the area of dance, opera or music theatre.

– A PDF of a score to a dance, opera or music theatre work that has received a professional premiere performance within the last three calendar years prior to the competition’s deadline. This work could have received workshop presentations in earlier years prior to the professional premiere.

– A URL link to a recording or video that matches the score submitted on either YouTube or Vimeo. Recognizing that this could be an archival recording that is not available for public viewing, it is up to the applicant to ensure that the link works. It is also acceptable to submit excerpts from the complete work, but these should be clearly indicated.

– Paste directly into the application a thoughtful statement of no more than 750 words, that describes the composer’s mid-career profile and how the Award would be used to help advance the applicant’s career.

Application Terms and Conditions

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By submitting an application to the Lori Davies Mid-Career Composer Award, the applicant acknowledges and agrees that:

– SOCAN Foundation also has the right, to require proof of identity and/or eligibility, for the purposes of verifying eligibility qualification and administering the Award. Failure to provide such proof to SOCAN Foundation’s satisfaction within any specified timeline may result in disqualification;

– The musical work submitted in this application is an original work and that the applicant is the sole creator of the work’s music;

– Candidates must provide a short biography of no more than 250 words and photo that will be used only for publicity purposes of the winner (jury members will not see this);

– SOCAN Foundation has permission to publish the Award winner’s name in a press release and circulate this information widely on appropriate websites, accounts on social media platforms and any other channels; and,

Confirm that as the applicant, you have read and understood the Eligibility Criteria above and these Application Terms and Conditions and agree to be legally bound by these Application Terms and Conditions.

Deadline

April 1st, 2024

Value

$5,000

Apply

Apply to be considered for an award by submitting our online form.

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