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June 12, 2012

Baltimore Museum of Art seeking new music for smartphone tour

The Baltimore Museum of Art is seeking original music for a smartphone tour that will be introduced when the Contemporary Wing reopens in the fall.

To be eligible, composers, sound artists, musician collectives, etc., have to be least 18 years old and based in the Baltimore region.

Between three and five applicants will be selected; each will receive a $300 award, acknowledgement on the mobile tour and an opportunity to perform at the re-opening activities.

Applicants are asked to ...

"send a brief statement on why they are interested in this project and one 30-second sample of original music in an mp3 format not exceeding 8 MB" (or send links to existing sites where the music can be downloaded.)

Short, original compositions are desired for use as audio interludes and interstitials on the tour that will be accessed via smart phones by visitors in the renovated Contemporary Wing.

The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. June 29. Winners will be selected July 6. They will have until Sept. 4 to deliver the music. For more details, check out the BMA's announcement.


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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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