Merge Up!

Call for a Collective Composition project


Submission period

Thu Nov 12, 2020 at 5 AM UTC

End of submission period

Sun Jan 31 at 10:59 PM UTC

Results date

Mon Feb 15 at 5 PM UTC

Entry or Course Fee

Application fee 30 €


For European participants born on or after 1 January 1986

The custom of collective artistic creation, which is common in many expressive forms, is extremely rare in the context of the composition of contemporary art music.

For this reason, Divertimento Ensemble, with the support of the European network Ulysses, is launching an international call aimed at composers and artists who wish to experience this production method, as well as at existing collectives.
The convocation is intended to foster the collective creation of a new musical or multimedia production by a group that is already formed, or which is set up for the occasion.

The Italian collective of composers /nu/thing is participating in the project as a tutor, assisting the artists involved in their work of writing/conception.


The call is open to groups that have already been formed, or which are established for the occasion, consisting of no more than 5 members who may come from different artistic activities (music, video, theatre, etc.). It is also open to individual artists who wish to experience a collective collaboration with other colleagues.

All the participants must have been born on or after 1 January 1986, and they must live in Europe. The selection will be made by the artistic director of Divertimento Ensemble, Sandro Gorli, and by /nu/thing, who will identify a collective, or a set of individually nominated artists, to be entrusted with the creation of the production.
The results of the selection will be announced by 15 February 2021.


Divertimento Ensemble will make its conductor and up to a maximum of 12 musicians available for the performance, to be chosen freely from among the following instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, bassoon, horn, sax, piano, percussion, guitar, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. It is also possible to create installation projects or projects that do not require performers; or even projects whose performers are members of the collective itself.

The type of production, any applicable instrumentation, any use of electronics or other media, the form that the project takes and the division of the work between the different components of the group willbe proposed by the collective and discussed during the first online encounter with /nu/thing in February 2021.

The collective will meet online on a video communications platform from February 2021 to April 2022, in accordance with a calendar agreed with Divertimento Ensemble and /nu/thing, for a minimum of 8 encounters.

/nu/thing will take part in the first encounters and curate the initial phases of the project, working with the members of the selected collective and conveying its experience as a musical collective. Sandro Gorli, the musicians, and the organizers of Divertimento Ensemble may also participate in some initial encounters.

Also in the period February 2021 – April 2022, the collective will update an Englishlanguage page on a dedicated website; its purpose is to record the ideas, the working methods and the progress of the project. In the same period, the collective will take part in 2 online public encounters in order to share ideas and experiences, describing the steps, the methodology, the trials and errors of the project and their corrections, and its developments.

The detailed calendar of the works is available in the web pages below.
For the work performed, each member of the collective will receive a commission of €2,000 gross.

Details are available at web pages: