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Funding Opportunity: Could you use £20k of funding to help leading Scottish music organisations change their tune?

Four of Scotland’s best known music and performing arts organisations are looking for creative entrepreneurs to collaborate with them on projects that could transform the way they work and produce exciting new audience experiences.

Scottish Opera, Scottish Ensemble, Drake Music Scotland and Pianodrome have been selected to take part in Creative Informatics Challenge Projects.

Funding of up to £20,000 is available to successful Challenge Respondents who will retain all or part of the intellectual property for their work, enabling them to commercialise any products or services they produce.

Applications for individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises working in and around Edinburgh that have the skills to provide data-driven solutions to the challenges posed are open now and close on Friday 16th April 2021.

If you are interested in finding out more about these projects or would like to submit an application as a Challenge Respondent, join the Creative Informatics team for their  Challenge Holder Q&A session, taking place online on Thursday 18th March at 2pm. This will be an opportunity to hear more from Challenge Holders and ask any questions you have about their challenges.

You can register for this event now at:

The Challenges

Scottish Opera, Scotland’s largest performing arts organisation, would like to develop an interactive evaluation tool to support their Primary Schools Tour.

Scottish Ensemble would like to create an interactive installation version of Anno, their audio-visual collaboration with composer and producer Anna Meredith.

Pianodrome’s challenge is to connect two pianos in separate geographical locations together in real time, allowing players at each piano to engage in a unique musical dialogue with someone they may have never met before.

Drake Music Scotland would like to develop the world’s first and most comprehensive inclusive music hub.

Challenge Projects are part of Creative Informatics, a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University, Codebase and Creative Edinburgh, supporting local creative talent in Edinburgh and South East Scotland to develop new products, services and businesses using data and data-driven technologies.

To date the programme has invested £1.6 million in the region’s creative industries through five key funding strands and a regular programme of events.

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If you have any questions about Challenge Projects or Creative Informatics, please contact the Creative Informatics team at


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