On January 28, Poland’s Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MKiDN) published the results of the call for applications for the 4th edition of the ministry’s program “Collections – Composing Commissions,” which is operated by the Institute of Music and Dance in Warsaw (IMiT). 90 pairs of composers and music organizations were awarded grants amounting to a total of 2 million PLN—as the total budget of the program was only 2 million PLN, and the total sum of grants requested exceeded 8 million PLN, the commission decided that, in the case of multiple applications involving the same composer, only the application that scored the most points will be awarded recommendation.
Amongst the 2015/2016 winners are Hanna Kulenty/Warsaw National Philharmonic, Rafał Augustyn/NOSPR, Tomasz Opałka/Kraków Music Academy, Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska/ZKP, Aleksandra Gryka/Kwartludium New Music Foundation, Krzysztof Wołek/“Crossroads” Center for Intercultural Creative Initiatives, Paweł Mykietyn/Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, Wojciech Ziemont Zych/Kwadrofonik Association, Joanna Woźny and Lidia Zielińska/National Music Forum, and many others. For a full list of successful and unsuccessful applications, visit the websites of MKiDN or IMiT.
“Composing Commissions” was launched on 20 October 2014 by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland to support the development of new music pieces and their first public presentations. The program also helps to promote the new pieces and make them publicly available, and the commissioned works are used as instruments of cultural and artistic education. So far, in the course of the three completed editions of the program, 280 new works have been commissioned from 192 composers (both Polish and international).