We are delighted to introduce the hosting partners of our new and expanded digital edition of the Musicians in Residence programme 2021-22.
About Musicians in Residence
Musicians in Residence offers music creators the opportunity to spend extended time immersing themselves in another place. Hosted by a local partner organisation, the residents have the time and space to develop new ideas, experiment with their practice and make new creative connections.
For this year’s digital edition of the programme, delivered in partnership with the PRS Foundation, we are offering eight online residencies hosted by organisations in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, South Africa and the UK. Four opportunities will be for UK music creators, and four for international music creators.
Meet the UK Partners
Brighter Sound – Manchester, UK
Above: Brighter Sound's Songwriting Masterclass in Partnership with Girls I Rate
Brighter Sound is a creative music charity developing the music creators, leaders and industry professionals of the future, with a particular focus on supporting those who are historically and currently underrepresented. Brighter Sound’s creative projects, residencies, training and events help people with everything from artistic and career development, to building communities and personal confidence. Rooted in the North of England with national and international reach, Brighter Sound has supported young and emerging musicians for 20 years, working with people from their early years to their early careers – and beyond.
Cryptic – Glasgow, UK
Above: Max Cooper's AETHER at Sonica 2019 © Neil Jarvie
Cryptic is an international producing art house based in Glasgow, presenting today’s most imaginative, innovative artists whilst also nurturing the creative talent of tomorrow. We create memorable experiences that engage and inspire our audiences, ‘ravishing the senses’ with multi-media performances that fuse music, sonic and visual art.
Founded by Cathie Boyd in 1994, the company thrives on artistic innovation and creative risk-taking, which has subsequently created an environment where artists have been encouraged to push artistic boundaries. To date, Cryptic has presented 172 productions (including 42 world premieres), which have been seen in 30 countries. In 2021, Cryptic celebrates 25+ years of ‘ravishing the senses.’
hcmf// (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival) – Huddersfield, UK
Above: Curious Chamber Players performing Kudzu at hcmf 2018 © Graham Hardy
Founded in 1978, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//) is the UK's foremost festival dedicated to contemporary, new and experimental music, and is recognised worldwide as one of the most important festivals of its kind for the quality and innovation of their artistic programme and high production values. The festival does not only provide access for audiences in the UK to enjoy and celebrate the best of new music globally, but an opportunity for British music creators to present their work alongside composers and ensembles of the highest international standard.
Since 2006, the festival has expanded its definition of contemporary music and increased its focus on genres at the periphery of the new music tradition (including noise, sound art, electronic music and club culture), as well as on music creators at the start of their careers.
Oxford Contemporary Music and 101 Outdoor Arts – Oxford, UK
Above: Ablaze Festival by 101 Outdoor Arts
Oxford Contemporary Music (OCM) is a music charity which presents and supports new music. It has four strands to its work: a concert series; commissions of new work; artists development and education for children and young people. OCM believes in opening up access to musical experiences and learning to a wide range of people and its specialism in commissioning and supporting artists working in public space, outdoors and non-arts venues. OCM was started in the 1990s by university students and staff as a way of sharing and giving access to new music. It was originally a festival but now hosts a year-round programme of music of all genres. OCM has a large, UK wide, network of music and sound artists working in public spaces through many years of producing and artists development work.
101 Outdoor Arts was founded in 2013 and works locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, hosting over 50 residencies a year for companies making work outdoors and in public space. Run as part of Corn Exchange Newbury, it has a 20,000sq ft warehouse space which has workshops for creating props and structures, accommodation, kitchens and rehearsal spaces. It aims to provide a much-needed facility for companies making new work from across the UK and sometimes internationally.
Meet the International Partners
Santa Marcelina Cultura – São Paulo, Brazil
Created in 2008, Santa Marcelina Cultura is a not for profit association that is responsible for overseeing public musical education programs in the city of São Paulo and wider metropolitan area through a public-private partnership with the State Secretariat for Culture and Creative Economy and the State Government of São Paulo. Santa Marcelina Cultura manage the Guri na Capital e Grande São Paulo program, the Escola de Música do Estado de São Paulo – EMESP Tom Jobim, and Theatro São Pedro.
Guri aims at sociocultural inclusion through music education. Children from 6 years can take collective lessons in singing, musical instruments, music theory, ensemble practice, besides performing regularly with one of 10 Youth Ensembles.
EMESP Tom Jobim is pre-college level music conservatory with a highly qualified student body and an innovative educational project that every year offers hundreds of performances, workshops, and masterclasses to over 1300 students. Complementary to the lessons, EMESP has an artistic showcasing axis, investing in on-the-job learning and audience development.
Theatro São Pedro is an opera theatre from the early 20th Century that has been under Santa Marcelina Cultura’s management sincer 2017. It is known for its diversity, presenting classics and renowned pieces together with little executed plays, and operas by Brazilian composers.
B’sarya – Alexandria, Egypt
Located in Egypt’s north coast city of Alexandria, B’sarya is an art space aiming to contribute to the development of artists and the art scene in Egypt, with a focus primarily on supporting artists and exhibiting their art in the fields of visual art and music.
B’sarya positions itself as a new stakeholder and a creativity hub in the Egyptian artistic scope, able to initiate and produce original and relevant projects in Alexandria, linked to other cities in Egypt and abroad, responding to relevant local and global issues.
In February 2019, B’sarya opened their space to the public, and have established and operate an independent art centre that provides arts training, offers spaces to emerging artists to perform/exhibit their work to the public, and holds arts events to engage the broader community.
Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja – Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Padepokan Seni Bagong Kussudiardja (PSBK) is a large studio complex that serves to continue the founder’s spirit as an art centre that contributes to the cultural enrichment of Indonesian society by shaping arts practice as an important learning resource. PSBK serves as a creative laboratory, gathering place, performance and exhibition space for artists from different disciplines. PSBK presents works of emerging artists, facilitates artistic investigation and professional development, and devises programmes that increase community engagement and networking with the arts.
Built and founded in 1978 by maestro Bagong Kussudiardja in the Bantul Regency of Yogyakarta, PSBK has become an important cultural landmark for its contribution to the development of artists, the art works, and social community.
The Other Radio – Cape Town, South Africa
The Other Radio is a creative studio and music culture company that works in events, music retail and radio. The Other Radio is a new home for globally-minded music broadcasts based in Cape Town, South Africa and hosts an inclusive and diverse selection of DJs, shows and perspectives across Africa and the World. Through its various efforts and projects, The Other Radio created a new era of music appreciation, curation and engagement in alternative youth culture.
The Other Radio is a division of The Other, a music culture company linking people to music, tapping culture that embodies otherness — talent, thoughts and spaces diverging from the norm. Alongside radio, The Other also operate a record store, an annual festival and a creative studio.
The digital residencies will take place in early 2022. Look out for further updates and stories over the coming months on our website and @BritishMusic_ on Twitter and Instagram