JACK Studio

JACK Studio offers composers opportunities to develop new work, hear their music performed by JACK, consult with mentors in the field, and receive recorded documentation. Applications are open for our 2021 cohort! Click here to apply before June 1, 2021.

Applications are free, and all are welcome to apply. Inclusion is the driving inspiration for this project, and artists who are underrepresented due to reasons of socioeconomics or identity are especially encouraged to apply, including but not limited to African, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA), disabled, immigrant, women-identifying, and LGBTQIA+ artists. We hope to meet an array of musicians and sound artists, ranging from those who already identify as composers to those who are curious about what they might discover working with a string quartet for the first time.

JACK Studio includes three distinct programs: commissions, workshops, and recording projects. Here they are in a nutshell:

  1. Commissions: each commissioned composer receives $5,000, workshop time, mentorship from leaders in the music world, professional documentation, performances, travel costs, and professional connections. Their two-year residencies culminate in a public premiere of their work in New York City in 2023.

  2. Workshops: recipients have existing works for string quartet read by JACK in 2022. These workshops are free and open to the public, either via livestream or in person. The quartet will offer feedback and make professional documentation to be used by the composers for academic and professional applications as well as non-commercial promotion.

  3. Recording Projects: recipients have their works for string quartet professionally recorded and edited in a studio. JACK assists the composer in releasing the recordings digitally or work with the composers’ preferred record label.