What is Sound Generator?

Now in its fourth year, Sound Generator is a research and development (R & D) programme that supports artists and seeds the development of an ambitious new project.

Each year six early career music and sound artists spend six months developing and testing their project, supported by mentoring from a range of experts.

By the end of the programme artists will have thoroughly explored their initial idea and tested that they can make it work, ready for the next stage of full commissioning and public engagement.

During the process artists will be able to try out new approaches, learn from others, increase their network and develop their practice.

Projects can be:
• For indoors or outdoors
• Suitable for venue touring or site specific
• Digital, installation or live
• Music, sound or multi-disciplinary
• Designed to reach a new audience, work with a specific community or respond to the world we live in.

Following an open call, six artists will each receive an award of £2500 to research and develop their idea across six months (October 2024 to March 2025).

In addition to £2500, the programme includes access to the Sound Generator Network with support sessions from a range of exceptional mentors, plus opportunities to connect with other artists on the programme.

The R&D will culminate in the creation of a short audio or video sample of the project, and a proposal for its delivery. These will be presented by each artist at an internal sharing at the end of the programme and sent out to a wide network of industry contacts.

Who is it for?

• UK* creators that reflect the population of the UK
• Creators with 5 – 10 years professional experience
• Creators who want to develop a new idea that extends their practice, with a public outcome in mind.
• Artists pushing the boundaries of music. Working within, but not exclusively, jazz, sound, folk, contemporary classical and electronic music, plus all points in between.

*we define a UK artist as someone who has been based and working in the UK for more than 5 years.

How to apply?

Read and download the guidelines and information.

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This document includes a link to our online application form.

If you need to apply by video please let us know.

If you have any questions about the form, please email info@sounduk.net

Have a good look at our website to find out more about Sound UK’s work.

Deadline for applications: 17 July 2024 at 5pm


We are committed to making Sound Generator accessible to all and supporting applicants facing barriers to applying.

If you have any access requirements, require the application form in an alternative format, or need support putting in an application, please contact us at info@sounduk.net and tell us what you need to apply.

Sound Generator is supported by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation.

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