In October 2016, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage launched the 6th edition of its highly sucessful “Composing Commissions” program for the 2017-2018 artistic season. This program is implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance (IMiT) and creates opportunities for musical creation and performance throughout the year. The very long list of the 2015-2016 winners can be found as a PDF at imit.org.pl.
The Composing Commissions regulations are available on the website of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the Ministry Programs 2017 bookmark (see www.mkidn.gov.pl) and on the websites of the Institute of Music and Dance (composingcommissions.pl and imit.org.pl).
The goal of the program is to support contemporary music by commissioning new piece and creating conditions conducive to their permanent presence in public space. The core task of the program is to increase the role of new music as a vital medium of social communication, and to include contemporary compositions in the process of transformation of contemporary culture, among others by contextualizing them through a redefinition of the notions of high culture, the role of the artist and the audience, or the impact of new media and technologies on musical language and reception. Another fundamental objective behind the program is to utilize the latest musical compositions as a tool of cultural and artistic education; to popularize contemporary music among non-professionals, including children and the youth; and to facilitate their contact with composers, as well as the creative process, from the idea through the composition and performance of a music work, thus challenging the stereotypical understanding of contemporary music as a hermetic concept.