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Grass roots funds for artists working in the UK.

A small award of £150 is available each month for Sonic Arts Network members presenting work in their local regions (Not a member?). These funds are intended to help with the costs of staging an event. The money can be used to pay for the hire of a venue, some equipment, the production of promotional materials like flyers or with some advertising, travel expenses, the fees of a guest artist or other costs associated with producing a small-scale event.

In line with our commitment to offer members the chance to help shape Sonic Arts Network, this will be an opportunity for you to decide who will receive the bursary. Members will select the monthly project that will be awarded funding through a process of online voting. Only one application will be successful each month and the event must take place within 3 months of submitting your proposal.

The Bursary is in memory of Barry Anderson, a founder Chair of EMAS (the former name of Sonic Arts Network) in 1979. Anderson was an accomplished composer and also music director of the West Square Electronic Music Ensemble based at the West Square Studios at Morley College. The open access evening classes he ran there, which mixed established professionals with enthusiastic starters, were glued together with Barry's infectious enthusiasm, endless energy and a real commitment to public performance.

I met Barry after a West Square concert at St. John's Smith Square, I guess in about 1976. We shared a passion for live electronics and  performance and I remember the concert included Barry's own work 'Mask' which combined performers, tapes & electronics performed from  behind a huge Maori-inspired mask from his native New Zealand. We had ten years of great work ahead as close friends, as well as colleagues  on the EMAS committee, sharing the IRCAM composers course in 1981 which led to his extensive work there in the early and mid 1980s. His death in 1987 deprived us of a great musician and music director.

His friendship and support for young composers and performers need not live on only in dusty programme notes but can continue through these bursaries in his name.”

Simon Emmerson

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