Scottish music organisations seek collaboration with creative entrepreneurs

Scottish music organisations seek collaboration with creative entrepreneurs

Scottish Ensemble / credit: Hugh Carswell

Scottish Opera, Scottish Ensemble, Drake Music Scotland and Pianodrome to take part in a University of Edinburgh initiative designed to support groundbreaking data-drive endeavours in the creative industries

Four of Scotland's leading music companies have announced their participation in Creative Informatics' Challenge Projects, a programme run by the University of Edinburgh that supports new data-driven projects in the creative fields.

Scottish Opera, Scottish Ensemble, Drake Music Scotland and Pianodrome are now seeking creative thinkers to help them bring their projects to fruition, each of which will focus on ways to transform the way these companies work, and how they engage their audiences. Funding support of up to £20,000 will be made available to individuals and businesses based in or around Edinburgh with ideas to creatively meet the challenges set out by these four organisations.

Scottish music organisations seek collaboration with creative entrepreneurs

Scottish Opera / credit: Julie Broadfoot

Each project is unique to the company's vision and aspirations – Pianodrome seeks to build an interface that would allow two pianos in different geographical locations to perform in dialogue with one another, while Scottish Ensemble's challenge is to create an interactive installation version of Anna Meredith's Anno. Scottish Opera's ideal respondent would help them craft an interactive experience that would help them capture data from their Primary School Tour, and Drake Music Scotland is looking for someone to help them create the world's first and most comprehensive inclusive online music hub.

Applications for those interested in seeking creative solutions to these challenges open today, and will close on Friday 16 April. All successful applicants will retain part or all of the intellectual property resultant from these projects.

Scottish music organisations seek collaboration with creative entrepreneurs

Pianodrome / credit: Chris Scott

Speaking of the new set of Challenge Projects, Professor Chris Speed, Director of Creative Informatics said, 'We are delighted to be working with four of Scotland's leading music and performing arts organisations to help them find solutions to an exciting variety of challenges. Challenge Projects provide unique opportunities for creative and cultural organisations to bring forward challenges relating to their work that involve any kind of data.

'For Pianodrome, data is musical notes played on a piano, while for Scottish Ensemble, data comes in the form of audio recordings and animations produced through their collaboration with Anna Meredith. Scottish Opera would like to make data capture more engaging and accessible for the pupils and teachers that participate in their Primary Schools Tour, while Drake Music Scotland would like to develop a unique, crowdsourced database of accessible music resources for their award-winning Figurenotes programme.

Scottish music organisations seek collaboration with creative entrepreneurs

Drake Music Scotland / credit: Anne Binckebanck

'During these exceptionally challenging times for the creative industries it is more important than ever that we find new ways to innovate and provide opportunities for creativity to flourish. I look forward to seeing these projects develop over the coming months and hope that the solutions developed will help our challenge holders – and the wider creative industries – to thrive in the future.'

For more information on the challenge briefs and how to apply, visit creativeinformatics.org/challenge-projects.

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