Open Call for Participatory Creative Music Projects

Sunday, February 20, 2022 - 9:00pm
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The Canadian New Music Network is excited to call for Participatory Creative Music Projects to be hosted on the online Participatory Creative Music Hub. Successful applicants will be provided funding for documentation of an existing project.

Amount of grant: $800.00

Application deadline: February 20, 2022

Deadline for submission of documentation via online upload form for selected projects: April 23, 2022

What is Participatory Creative Music? 

At CNMN, Participatory Creative Music is a multitude of approaches to creating music in which everyone involved, regardless of their prior experience in making music, has active input in the creative process. Authorship and decision-making is shared to greater or lesser degrees, depending on context.

For more information and clarification, see Keyword Definitions.

What is the Participatory Creative Music Hub?

The Hub showcases people from all walks of life creating music together. Whatever you call it – participatory creative music, community music, jamming, co-composition, improvisation, music exploration, listening games or having fun with sound – The Hub celebrates music creativity for everyone. 

The main criteria for projects is that all participants have active input in the creative process, whether they are 4, 40 or 94 years of age, an experienced musician or making music for the first time. Projects must take COVID-19 measures into account. Projects in remote and isolated areas are very encouraged.

What is an eligible project?

An eligible project is a participatory creative music activity already occurring in the community, whether on-going or completed. Projects may take place in the fields of health care, education, social services, prisons and more. 

This year’s call will prioritize projects related to health care.

See the Project page for examples of Hub projects. 

See Keyword Definitions for terminology.


The purpose of this grant is to support documentation of an existing PCM project to provide inspiration and tools for user groups of the Hub to make their own music. It is crucial that documentation is instructional in nature, rather than promotional. Links to biographical information via a CNMN member page and external links are possible on the project webpage.

Participatory music takes place in all kinds of settings with all kinds of people. Documentation can reflect this, and doesn’t have to be of studio-quality audio or video where that is not possible or appropriate. Sometimes a video capture from your cell phone or screen capture from zoom speaks volumes. Documentation should best reflect the nature of the project, communicate well on an on-line platform and assume varying levels of music training. 

Possible formats include: 

  • Text: max 500 words. Exceptions made when use of participant images are an issue
  • Scores and representations of all kinds are welcome and encouraged (text, graphic, video, western notation etc.)
  • Images of process (JPG,PNG or GIF. Ideal size: 1280 pixels wide)
  • Audio: links to SoundCloud are preferable. If this is not possible, the maximum size for uploading audio files is 10MB, or roughly 5–10 minutes of audio. For longer clips, please upload an excerpt.
  • Video: YouTube or Vimeo link 
  • Optional: submission of video for upload to the CNMN YouTube channel
  • Max 3 minutes in length. If more time is needed, we recommend making multiple shorter videos rather than one long one


Depending on the nature of the project, participants may be featured in image, audio and video files. Successful applicants are responsible for procuring, respecting and documenting permissions from participants for regular and digital usages of documentation related to the pilot project. Media release forms to this end will be provided by the CNMN, and are considered part of the deliverables.

Application Form

Please fill in this form to apply!

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