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What is Sound Generator?

Sound UK is launching a new programme to develop artists and the work they present.

Each year, Sound Generator will enable 6 early-career artists to test and develop bold new ideas, supported by a national network of industry experts.

Sound Generator creates a space for artists to develop and test ambitious project ideas. Supported by this scheme, artists will be able to try out new approaches, learn from others and develop their practice. Your project could be indoors or outdoors, venue based or site specific, digital, installation or live, sound, music or multi-disciplinary. You may want to reach a new audience, work with the community or respond to the world we live in.

Following an open call, 6 artists will each receive an award of £2000 to research and develop their idea across 6 months (March to September 2021). The includes creating a short audio or video sample and proposal for its delivery.

Who is it for?

Sound Generator is aimed at any UK* artist pushing the boundaries of contemporary music. Working within, but not exclusively, jazz, sound, folk, classical and electronic music, plus all points in between.

It is designed for creators with 5 – 10 years professional experience who want to develop bold new ideas that extend their practice and discipline.

Awards will be made to artists representing the full cultural diversity of the UK, with 50% to female artists.

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

Read and download the guidelines and information: Here

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Apply now Deadline 5th Feb 2021, 5pm. Click the apply now button to fill in an application form. 

We are committed to making Sound Generator accessible to all and supporting applicants facing barriers to apply. If you have any access requirements, require the application form in an alternative format, or need support putting in an application, please contact us info@sounduk.net and tell us what you need to apply.

Sound Generator is supported by Arts Council England and PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.


Who we are

Sound UK brings music creators and the public together to experience extraordinary music nationwide.

We have a strong track record in delivering high quality, distinctive projects in any setting - from villages to major cities, beaches to online. From National Trust to Barbican Centre, we have collaborated with over 100 leading organisations. We’ve given c150,000 people f rom Cornwall to Hull the opportunity to experience exceptional new music. Since 2001 we’ve supported over 200 of the world’s most original music creators of all genres through 80 acclaimed national projects.

Our projects bring excellent music to diverse audiences and explore wider issues, such as the environment and mental health.

Image credits:
1) The Planets 2018, Ligeti Quartet at We The Curious
2) Lys arp, Ulf Pedersen, Alight 
3) Letters I Haven't Written, Gwyneth Herbert 

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