Call for entries
Deadline: 15 October 2011

Phonurgia Nova Arles, France
Sound is art – Phonurgia Nova Awards 2011

Call for works: radio arts and new media

Entry Form

Among the prizes awarded for radio and acoustic art, the Phonurgia
Nova competition has, since 1986, occupied a special place by
virtue of its recognition of artists whose work exploits sound as a
medium for expressing the real and the imaginary. The contest is
open to all radio station formats and to all authors, independant
radio producers, musicians, composers, sound artists and production

Call for Works

This year’s competition will distinguish authors whose work
manifests a keen sense of sound and listening as means of

The jury will deliberate on two areas :

– Radio Arts will privilige all forms of inventive radio

(documentary, feature, fiction, essays, Hörspiel, experimental

forms etc.)
– New Media awards will go to “sound installations” or works which
have been specially created for “inter media environment” to bring
new experiences in sound to listeners.

In each category the jury will deliberate on two types of work:
1) completed productions
2) projects

How to apply

The competition is open to all artists without exception and for
any work produced later than 2009, regardless of language, format,
duration or genre.

Each work or project submitted must be accompanied by a separate
registration form, filled out in English or in French, and must be
sent on a separate CD or other digital medium.

Each submission must include :
– a biography of the author(s) and general information concerning

his (their) habitual manner of working (this will not be given to

the jury).
– an authorization to participate from the production or the

co-authors of the works submitted
– 30 euros registration fee for each work submitted to the

competition (there is a limit of two works per author).
– for finished products: a digital copy or transfer of the work

(audio CD or DVD), accompanied by a well documented presentation of

the work
– for projects: a description and/or maquette and/or a scenario of

the project, accompanied by any documentation which could inform
the jury as to the intention of and the technical facilities
required for completion of the piece.

One application form per project or production (and not one per


The jury will award: one Radio Arts prize and one New Media prize
and 4 000 euros and two artist’s residencies at GRM/INA and GMVL,
(two famous sound art centers located in Paris and Lyon). The main
selective criterion remains the expression of an original artistic
vision. At least 4 works will be selected for presentation in Arles
in the next year. Additional prizes could be given at this time.

The Jury decisions are not subject to appeal.


Applicants are asked to submit their productions by October 15,

2011 (date as postmark).

Results will be announced on December 11, 2011, at the end of the
Festival of listening. Results will be given to all participants by
email. The terms of artist-in residence will be organized during
the year 2012, in accordance with dates chosen by the prize
winners. Prize winning works, or works produced during residencies,
will be auditioned or exhibited at Arles 2012 Festival and also by
the associated partners.


Authors must make sure that any participant or right owner has
given his agreement. The festival management is not legaly
responsible for any damage caused on any piece of the entry. The
Festival management reserves the right to use any selected work in
order to promote the Festival. The completed entry forme represents
the candidate’s consent to the above rules and regulations. The
french version of this text will be taken in account in case of

A listening room

An online “listening room” on enable visitors to
have access to some previous selected works.

Sound archives

All the materials received at the Phonurgia Nova contest will
constitue a permanent archive of audio works. This archive will be
opened to the public.

Phonurgia Nova Awards
39, rue Genive
13200 Arles
phone: + 33 (0) 4 90 93 79 79
fax: + 33 (0) 4 90 93 86 23