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Kirklees Year of Music 2023: Can you create the neighborhood sound identity?

KYOM23 is working with Saving Grace founder Nigel Cudjoe to organize a series of seven micro-commissions. Each order will be for a 30 second piece of original music that represents what Kirklees means to the musician/composer.

The call encourages anyone creating original music – experienced composers, chamber beatmakers, high school choirs, garage bands, ensembles or orchestras, radical recorders or spoon specialists – to get involved.

Composers will need to be able to perform their compositions for recording. However, if studio facilities are required, they will be provided free of charge.

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Kirklees Year of Music in 2023 is a unique, place-based cultural change program initiated and led by Kirklees Council

Additionally, composers will receive a royalty for their work which will be licensed to Kirklees for use in its KYOM23 promotional campaigns and in the future.

Successful commissions will be used for a range of publicity campaigns ranging from public events, web and radio advertisements, video and film productions etc., all to promote Kirklees Year of Music 2023 and Kirklees in the future.

The registration deadline is August 15, 2022 and the organized selection process will be completed by mid-September.

Kirklees Year of Music in 2023 is a unique, place-based cultural change program initiated and led by Kirklees Council.

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Through investments in the district’s diverse musical talent, communities and businesses, the year-long program of major events and sustainable initiatives will strengthen Kirklees’ music ecology from its roots.

Nigel Cudjoe, Founder of Saving Grace, which organizes the Sound Identities Project, said: “We are thrilled to hear submissions for Sound Identities and to hear what the talented musical residents of Kirklees are creating.

“If you want to get involved, you can draw inspiration from anywhere in your community, your environment or your childhood memories.

“The Kirklees Year of Music 2023 harnesses the unique power of making and enjoying music to bring people together; so what better way to leave your mark than to play your part in creating the soundtrack!”

Councilor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said: “We are truly delighted to be working with the Saving Grace Collective on this exciting project.

“It is so important that we have opportunities for people in our region to develop their professional skills in the music industry, and initiatives like this are fantastic for learning new skills, understanding your potential and developing your career.

“We are very excited to see the work produced from this initiative.”

Any composers interested in applying for this opportunity can read full details and terms and conditions on the brief and complete the short application form at

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