Composer in Residence – International Scholarship

Composer in Residence – Women Composers come to Frankfurt. International Scholarship

Composer Manuela Kerer (CiR 2015) with Dieter Zetzsche, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, 2015 © Archiv Frau und Musik

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Deadline for the application isMarch 15th, 2019!
The complete information with all addresses and conditions can be found here.

In cooperation with the Institute of Contemporary Music (IzM), based at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK), the Archive of Women in Music (Archiv Frau und Musik) announces a three month residency to a female composer.
The successful applicant will be chosen by a panel of experts in the field of contemporary music.
At the beginning of the residency in April 2019 the composer will be introduced to the public at the Musikmesse Frankfurt and the residency will conclude with the premiere of one of her works in a final concert. To this end she will have the opportunity of working on one or more of her pieces with students of the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK). The Hessian radio broadcasting company (Hessischer Rundfunk) will act as broadcasting partner. The work composed during the residency should be a chamber work.

Scholarship Benefits

The composer will be provided with cost-free housing in the hoffmanns höfe, Frankfurt, a monthly season ticket for Frankfurt’s public transport, and a monthly scholarship allowance of 750 Euros, enabling her to live and work in Frankfurt. Travel costs of the composer up to 400 Euros are covered as well.

Supporting Programme and Musical Events

During the residency a workshop will take place in co-operation with the Institute of Contemporary Music (IzM). In addition, and in co-operation with the school project Response which is run by the Frankfurt Academy of Music (HfMDK), a school class will have the opportunity of working for several days with the resident composer, an instrumentalist and one of the leaders involved in the school project. The idea here is to develop an “answer” to one of the resident’s compositions. The school project Response takes a contemporary composition to which children and young adults respond with their own improvisations and compositions. The result of this collaboration will also be performed in the final concert.


The jury consists of one representative from each of the following institutions: the International Working Group of Women and Music (Internationaler Arbeitskreis Frau und Musik, e. V.), the Institute for Contemporary Music at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (IzM), Hessen Radio (Hessischer Rundfunk), as well as a composer and an active interpreter of contemporary music.


Former scholars

2009 – Sun-Young Pahg (South Korea)

2011 – Belma Bešlić-Gál (Bosnia)

2015 – Manuela Kerer (Italy)

Our partners and supporters are the Stadt Frankfurt am Main, the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, the Frankfurter Stiftung maecenia für Frauen in Wissenschaft und Kunst, the Stadt Kassel and the Mariann Steegmann Foundation.

Our former partners for the composer in residence project are