Celebrating Women in Sound

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition


Celebrating Women in Sound, 8 March 2018, Goldsmiths University, London

Open call for the première of a composition/ sound artwork

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, Women in Sound Women on Sound (WISWOS) and the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR) at Goldsmiths, University of London are launching Celebrating Women in Sound, a day of sound-related events featuring the work of female-identifying artists, to be presented at Goldsmiths on 8 March 2018.

The purpose of International Women’s Day is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women; perhaps more importantly, the day is a call to action to change the shape of society and to push for gender parity in all areas.

WISWOS is dedicated to creating opportunities to showcase the impact of women in the field of music and the sound arts. This day of events aims to highlight the work of women in all sound related areas through a day of concerts, workshops, listening posts and talks, and the presentation of a new or previously unheard piece by a female identifying, femme or non-binary composer/sound artist.

The work selected will be showcased at the closing concert of Celebrating Women in Sound, on 8 March at 8PM in the Great Hall of Goldsmiths. The piece will also be performed at the Women, Sound and Music Symposium at the Institute of Arts, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in September 2018. The selected artist and their work will be featured on the WISWOS website, with a page dedicated to their practice and work.

Specifications for the submission of work
Composers/sound artists are asked to submit a work or a proposal for a work that has not been performed or played previously; this may be composed for the occasion, or may already be completed, if it has not already received any public broadcast or performance. The piece has a suggested duration of between 5 and 10 minutes, although shorter or longer works may also be considered.

The work can be presented in up to 8 channels of audio and may also involve one or more live performers (in the case of a live performance, performers and instruments must be provided by the artist).

What is provided for the artist

• A budget of up to £250 will be made available to the selected artist. This may be used for materials, travel, or as a fee, as agreed between the selected artist, Goldsmiths and WISWOS.
• The première of the new work as part of the International Women’s Day event on 8 March, in the final evening concert of Celebrating Women in Sound in the Great Hall of Goldsmiths.
• A presentation of their work at Women, Sound and Music Symposium at the Institute of Arts, Federal University in September 2018
• A profile of their work and practice on the WISWOS website, as well as assistance in presenting on other appropriate professional platforms

Submission Details

The deadline for submission is the 1st of February 2018. Artists interested in this opportunity must send an email to events@wiswos.com with the subject line “submission for Celebrating Women in Sound” containing a PDF file containing either:

Links to two representative sonic artwork or performance samples (streaming links only) and a brief (200-word maximum) description of the work to be realised for the Celebrating Women in Sound event
a link to the previously unperformed, unbroadcasted work they wish to submit to be premièred at the the Celebrating Women in Sound event (streaming links only) with a brief (200-word maximum) description of the work

Please include in the same PDF file:

• your name and contact details
• a brief (100-word maximum) bio
• a proposed technical rider for the work (how many audio channels, equipment required/provided, etc.); please include a diagram for clarification where needed

The selected artist will be notified by 12th February 2018.


This call is international, and open to female-identifying, femme, and non-binary artists, including transgender and genderqueer artists, at any stage in their career. The selected artist is not required to attend the day of events, unless the performance of the new work requires their presence; we would encourage the selected artist be present, if possible. WISWOS and Goldsmiths will not be responsible for any costs beyond the budget of £250 specified above; however, we can provide letters of support towards other funding opportunities.
Period8 Mar 2018
Event typeOther
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Women
  • Sound
  • Transgender
  • Gender
  • Inequality