Calling out loud!

Call for Proposals for Sound Symposium XXI — July 12-20, 2024

Celebrating 40 years of SOUND and INNOVATION


We are looking for fantastic ways to celebrate 40 years of the Sound Symposium – use your imagination!

Sound Symposium invites applicants from all creative disciplines to propose projects for Sound Symposium XXI. Activities will include workshops, installations, performances, and natural audio-visual experiences.

We are interested in SOUND and INNOVATION: contemporary music, world premieres, jazz, improvisation, dance, theatre, installations, film, sound poetry, presentations, and outdoor environmental projects. If you are up for an adventure in sound, and you can dedicate several days to this place and time, Sound Symposium is for you.

The exchange of ideas is at the heart of Sound Symposium. Invited participants will be encouraged to join our artistic community for the duration of the Symposium. They will be asked to take part in collaborations, participate in other artists’ workshops, and join in spontaneous happenings.

If you are proposing a concert performance, note that Sound Symposium events feature multiple artists. Concert proposals should suggest, in most cases, a program of no more than 25 minutes. There may be a few exceptions where a longer program by an artist will be appropriate. For workshops, installations, and all other proposals – dream big!

Application deadline: August 15th, 2023


Please include with your proposal:

∙ a brief, but detailed, description of the proposed project

∙ a list of technical requirements for the project

∙ the duration of the proposed project

∙ website and social media links

∙ a short bio (approx. 150 words)

∙ a photo of the applicant

∙ up to 3 pieces of support material pertinent to the proposed project


Application form available here:

All invited participants in Sound Symposium receive professional artist fees and a place to stay. Whenever possible, we ask artists to apply for travel funding with granting agencies and will provide support material as needed.

Sound Symposium is committed to equitable, diverse, and inclusive programming. We encourage women; Indigenous persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas to apply.

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

Sound Symposium XX

Our biennial symposium features performances, workshops, Harbour Symphonies, and more!

Night Music

All improvisers welcome! Join us the third Thursday of each month at The Ship for a live set followed by an open jam.

Harbour Symphony

Ships go barmp! The Harbour Symphony is original music written for the horns of the ships in the St. John’s harbour.

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