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2020_ISCM - WELSH SECTION 

 
 

Annual Report

  • Year: 
  • Please describe your organization’s activities over the past year, including concerts, commissions, collaborations, publications: 

    While 2020 started full-steam ahead, with located work around Wales and a range of ambitious plans around development our engagement, COVID-19 changed things – for us and our community, and of course for our colleagues around the globe. The team moved towards home-working from Wednesday 18 March 2020, and at time of writing we remain in our home-based model.

    Our operation instantly adapted to place our focus on supporting our constituency of composers and music-creators, as well as the community music groups around Wales that we also provide a service to. We lost a significant amount of income through cancelled studio bookings, along with the publications and record label, and pivoted those team members towards earning income from delivering audio/visual services to sector clients and partners.

    CoDi – our artist programme – burgeoned during this year, despite or even because of COVID – although 90% in an online space. The Arts Council of Wales and PRS Foundation-funded strands were:
    • DIY – 10 individuals (cross-genres) who have not accessed formal music education post school. Lead artist: Pwyll ap Sion
    • Abrofol – a collective of Rhodri Davies (harp), Angharad Davies (violin), Siwan Rees (piano) create a collaborative new work, as well as source materials for 6 participating artists, from the TC archive.
    • Opera – composer Robert Fokkens and writer/dramaturg Sophie Rashbrook lead 6 composers in an opera composition pathway. £500 each for 6 participants.
    • NightMusic – 3 composers perform works to be performed at a contemporary music series in Cardiff (at St David’s Hall).
    • Off-grid Network – all online, networking and development sessions for underground artists across Wales, alongside the development of an online directory.
    • Adopt a Music Creator – this year in collaboration with Making Music and Sound and Music on their UK-wide project.
    • Mentoring and CPD – a range of interventions and pairings to support music-creators.

    Another CoDi initiative (although funded through a Health Board) was CoDI Grange – a project to commission a group of music-creators to make installations for the multi-faith chapel at a brand new university hospital facility in South Wales. The artists collaborated (digitally) with community groups, and their work will come to fruition during 2021.

    Additionally a number of projects under the CoDi umbrella were undertaken in partnership:
    • CoDI One2One – a collaboration with BBC National Orchestra of Wales, commissioning ten composers to write solo works for ten solo instrumentalists. Each were filmed and recorded remotely, and shared on social media, together with an introduction by the composer. Mentoring/support was given by TC, and we also published 9 of the 10 resulting works.
    • CoDi Unawd (translation: solo) – a recreation of the CoDi One2One project, specially for the National Eisteddfod, and in partnership with Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – from whom five composers and five soloists were selected to recreate the exercise in their own style.

    Affricerdd – our participatory project engaging with adult musicians (both professional and amateur) from the African diaspora in Wales – was halted by COVID-19, given its located nature. Later in the summer, we commissioned some of the artists and participants to create digital work during lockdown: four artists connected with the project recorded tracks to which two participants were commissioned to write a musical response. We released the resulting track: a song that responded to Welsh and African stimuli, language and cultures, and captured the essence of Affricerdd.

    With the loss of our located work, we were committed to continue developing our work into understanding and removing barriers around race in our sector, and launched Music and Race in Wales. Six online discussion events took place over 4 months, addressing a range of areas within this broader issue. The events were well attended, and have helped us as an organisation (along with others in our sector) find ways to move forward to develop more inclusive programmes – including a series of focus groups and strategy sessions with sector partners.

    As distributors of Lottery monies for the Arts Council of Wales (ACW), we repurposed 50% of 2020 Lottery funds towards ACW’s COVID emergency pots for artists and organisations. We took the opportunity to recalibrate our own schemes into three strands, more accessible and open than their predecessors (totalling £76k annually):
    • Create – composers / music-creators
    • Engage – performances / workshops / participation etc
    • Inspire – youth strand (under 26)

    And as we relaunched our Lottery schemes, ACW & Welsh Government each committed an additional £47.5k each of emergency funds for community groups, for which we devised the following strands:
    • Rescue – for groups in financial crisis
    • Resource – funds to support groups to move to restart
    • Restart – to enable artistic activity for a national restart

 

 

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