Minister of Culture Indrek Saar approved the results of two application rounds in the field of music, whereby grants totalling €289,000 will be provided for commissioning and publishing new music, as well as organising music competitions.
The largest of the application rounds is titled “Commissioning and Publishing Music”, from which €215,000 was distributed, with €36,000 going to music publishing.
Madli-Liis Parts, Adviser for Music in the Ministry of Culture, has previously said that application rounds are an important means for making new Estonian music available internationally. “The submitted applications confirm the necessity of this course of action. It is very gratifying to see that applicants are planning significant presentations of new musical works. It is important for Estonia to have its music included in the permanent repertoires of influential companies, and for our musicians to be performing them on musical stages around the word, because this increases our importance and reputation as a musical country internationally,” Parts said.
For instance, the Estonian Music Days festival will receive €50,000, in order to suitably represent Estonia and its new music in 2019 at the World Music Days, which is the most important contemporary music festival in the world. This event will occur in Tallinn at the initiative of the Estonian Composers Association. A residency grant of €14,000 was allocated to the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, which is planning a collaboration with composer Ülo Krigul. And new symphonic music is expected to be composed by Märt-Matis Lill, Tõnu Kõrvits and Jüri Reinvere.
Financing from the same application round will be allocated for the restoration of the original score of Jonah’s Mission by Rudolf Tobias. Other projects include an anthology called School Music from Veljo Tormis and a history of Estonian jazz called Estonian Jazz behind the Iron Curtain, to be written by Tiit Lauk.
A total of €74,000 will be distributed in the application round called Music Competitions and Young Musicians, of which €40,000 will be allocated to organising the National Competition for Wind Instrument Players. The purpose of the grants is to help organise events that are vital for the development of national culture, music interpretation and composing, and to raise the level of young musicians.