Ban Bam

Supporting women in jazz and creative improvised music


  • Commission and Development opportunity for female and gender minority composers in jazz and improvised music
  • €2,500 commission fee, as well as 12 months of bespoke creative and career development support and consultation from IMC, MOM and selected industry professionals during 2023
  • 3 awards (2 from ROI, 1 from NI)
  • Closing date, Friday 28 October, 5pm
  • Online application only HERE


BAN BAM Commission & Development Award 2022/2023 is the second round of the commissioning and career development opportunity for female and gender minority composers in jazz or improvised music, living on the island of Ireland (North and South) from Moving on Music (MOM) and Improvised Music Company (IMC).

The first commission took place in 2020 The selected composers – Úna Monaghan, Sue Rynhart, & C.V. Lunny – wrote new works which, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, took a different turn in their final presentation, and were developed into site-specific filmed experiences, premiered at the IFI in April 2022.

We are pleased to once again come together with a new commission and development opportunity for female and gender minority composers in jazz and improvised music for 2022/2023.

Ban Bam 2022/23

Music Commission

This commission is open to female and gender minority music makers who compose in the style of jazz, and/or all creative improvised music.
Three composers will be selected from the applicants.
Each awardee will receive a €2,500 commission fee, as well as 12 months of bespoke creative and career development support and consultation from IMC, MOM and selected industry professionals during 2023.

Two awardees will be selected from the Republic of Ireland, and one from Northern Ireland.

The 3 awardees will each compose music for either duo, trio or quartet.

The composed piece can be intended for named artists (ie; duo, trio, quartet, small ensemble), which may include the composer.
Alternatively, instrumentation of the parts alone can be named, with personnel selected at a later date for performance.
The composed work should be 5-10 minutes in length, with the possibility of extending the work via improvisation in performance. The piece will be included in a 45 minute performance of your own other original work

Creative & Career Development:

IMC and MOM view this commission to compose new work as a catalyst to further development, and are committed to working closely with the awardees over a 12 month period, developing potential avenues for the work, as well as offering mentorship, career guidance and creative consultation. This aspect of the award will run from January to December 2023 and will be developed to suit the individual needs and ambitions of each awardee.

The award includes guaranteed performance bookings in Belfast and Dublin during 2023-2024. Separate performance fees will be allocated as per industry standard.


Please note applications will only be accepted via the online Application Form.

Applicants must submit the following;

1. 2 or 3 samples of your existing original work, to include:

  • At least one sample of existing original works as a score, or a detailed description of your scoring process with examples. PDF format is preferable. The works must be reflective of the applicant’s current work.
  • Evidence of prior original work (studio or live recording). A URL link to an online location such as YouTube, Bandcamp, Soundcloud (public or private) is preferable, but we can also accept MP3/VIDEO/WAV/AIFF files up to 500MB.

(Please note, we will only accept your own original compositions.)

2. A 1-page CV outlining career highlights to date, education and background.

3. The Application Form completed in full, with details of your plans for the composition, potential future development, and your own creative ambitions.
These 3 sections have a maximum of 200 words. We recommend that you prepare this in a Word document or similar and paste into the Application Form.)

a. The compositional aspect

  • This can be a broad sense of a structure or theme (if applicable), including instrumentation.
  • We are looking for a strong compositional idea and a clear vision in bringing that to fruition.
  • A focus on high artistic quality
  • Work that exhibits an understanding of technique
  • Consideration of/focus on instruments and instrumental interplay (for duo, trio or quartet

b. Performance & further development of your creative vision

  • We are looking for some information on how you intend for this work to be presented, and any ideas you may have for future development of this piece of music.

c. Future ambitions for your career

  • Please outline how we can help you realise your career ambitions beyond this piece of music.

Please note applications will only be accepted via an online Application Form.

For reference only you can download a PDF of the application form HERE. Please apply via the online version.

CRITERIA for the assessment of applications:

  1. Applicants must be born in, or currently resident in Ireland
  2. Applicants must be over the age of 18 at the time of application.
  3. These awards are for female or gender minority composers only.
  4. Applications are assessed in a competitive context and with consideration of the available resources.

All applications are assessed against criteria of;

  1. Artistic merit
  2. How they meet the objectives and priorities of the award
  3. Feasibility and potential of artist and project

Applications will be assessed by a panel of industry professionals and composers, including representatives from IMC.

If you have any queries about whether you are eligible for this award, please see the FAQs or contact us directly via hello@improvisedmusic.ie


The closing date for application is 17:00hrs (GMT) on Friday 28th October, and the awardees will be announced in November 2022.

Late applications will not be accepted.

The composing period is Dec 2022 – Mar 2023, with further development, consultations and performance taking place until December 2023.


The purpose of the award is to assist in increasing the presence of female and gender minority composers and instrumentalists within the Irish jazz and improvised music scene, and to support further collaboration and development.

We welcome applications from members of the LGBTQ+ communities, all POC and people of any and all ethnic backgrounds and members of the Irish Traveller community.

If you have additional access needs or require support in applying, please contact us at info@movingonmusic.com