FAQS: A Week With PINS

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These are the FAQs for A Week With PINS – a 5-day residency for musicians aged 16-21. Click here to find out more about the residency and how to apply. If you have any questions that aren’t covered below, please contact Lucy Wallace at lucy@brightersound.com or call 0161 546 5334 (leave a message and we’ll […]

FAQS: A Week With PINS
2nd June 2021

These are the FAQs for A Week With PINS – a 5-day residency for musicians aged 16-21. Click here to find out more about the residency and how to apply. If you have any questions that aren’t covered below, please contact Lucy Wallace at lucy@brightersound.com or call 0161 546 5334 (leave a message and we’ll […]

These are the FAQs for A Week With PINS – a 5-day residency for musicians aged 16-21. Click here to find out more about the residency and how to apply.

If you have any questions that aren’t covered below, please contact Lucy Wallace at lucy@brightersound.com or call 0161 546 5334 (leave a message and we’ll get back to you).

What will we be doing?

Over the course of the week you’ll be collaborating with other musicians to create original new music, with guidance and support from the band PINS. You’ll get to record your tracks at a professional recording studio, and then perform them live on the final night at The Met in Bury. Throughout the week there’ll also be a number of workshops with industry professionals covering topics like artist management, publishing, setting up a record label and mental health and wellbeing. 

Can I work on my own music during the residency?

During the residency week, you won’t be working on your individual music, but will instead be collaborating with other participants and PINS to create brand new music from scratch that you will record and perform together. However please submit examples of your own music in the application form to help us get a better idea of what you do musically and the level you are working at. 

I’m in a band/group, can we submit an application together?

We can’t accept applications from bands or groups as the focus is around individual progression, but you’re welcome to apply independently.

Do I need to attend all sessions? 

This is a collaborative project with musicians working together across 5 days to create and record new music that will be performed on the final evening. For this reason, we expect participants to attend all sessions from 10am-4pm on Mon 26-Fri 30 Jul, including a performance on the evening of Fri 30 Jul. If there’s a date or time that you will struggle to make please let us know in the application form. We will be giving priority to applicants who can commit to the whole residency.

I will find it difficult to travel, is there any support you can provide? 

Yes, we can reimburse the cost of travel to and from sessions via public transport (bus, train, tram) with proof of receipt/ticket. Please tell us in your application form if this would be useful to you. This information will be confidential between you and the project manager/coordinator.

I’m worried about coming along to sessions in person, what COVID guidelines do you have in place?

Ensuring safety at our music projects is of utmost importance to us. We will be adhering to current government guidelines (correct at the time of the residency). To give you an idea of the measures that might be in place, we are currently following guidance around self-isolation, checking temperatures of all participants and facilitators before entering the venue, requiring everyone to wear face masks unless medically exempt, adhering to social distancing, ensuring the space is kept clean and well-ventilated, minimising sharing of equipment, cleaning equipment between use, and taking regular breaks. These guidelines may be subject to change.

What will you ask in the application form? 

We’ll ask a few details about you and the instruments you play, plus the following three questions:

  1. Tell us a bit about you, your music and your career to date.
    This could include information about the music you play or write, any education and training you’ve received, previous creative/collaborative experiences, or anything else that you feel is relevant.
  2. Why are you interested in taking part in this residency?
    Tell us what attracted you to this opportunity and why you want a place. For example, what do you like about PINS? Or why does this residency excite you?
  3. What would you like to achieve by taking part in this residency?
    Think about your musical ambitions and what plans you have for your future career, and then think about what will help you take a step closer to this in the short term. For example, a specific musical skill you want to develop during the residency, personal development, inspiration, networking etc.

Do I need to submit examples of my music? 

Yes – we will need to listen to your music to be able to make a decision about your application. This can be a phone recording of you performing, or a link to music you’ve written or performed. If you’re submitting a piece by a group, band or ensemble, you’ll need to outline your role in this.

How will you decide who gets a place?

We only have limited places available so unfortunately not everyone who applies will get a place. We will be listening to your music and reading (or listening to) your answers to the three application questions in section three and will make a decision based on:

  • Your attitude towards collaboration, and ability to collaborate
  • Your energy and enthusiasm for the project
  • You musical experience and ambitions
  • The potential impact this opportunity may have on your creative career

If I don’t get selected, is there anything I can do?

Unfortunately we don’t have enough places to accept everyone. But please don’t take it personally if we can’t offer you a place this time! We regularly deliver a range of music making projects to get involved in, so make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter and follow us on social media.

I find it hard to write my answers, can I apply in another way?

Yes! If you’d prefer to submit a video or audio recording of you answering the questions, we have a separate form where you can do this. If you submit a video application you do not need to be talking to the camera. 

If you have any specific access needs, please let us know. For example if you’d prefer to apply over the phone, please get in touch and we can arrange a time to chat. Our company email address is info@brightersound.com and our phone number is 0161 546 5334. Please leave us a message and we’ll get back to you.

I live outside of the locations you’ve said this project is open to. Can I still apply?

We receive funding from Youth Music to support musicians in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside so unfortunately cannot accept applications from participants outside of this area. We offer a range of music making projects for musicians across the North of England so please look out for future opportunities on our website. 

I’m just under or above the age range (16-21), can I still apply?

This residency is a development opportunity open to young people who have finished secondary education (or college), and are working towards a career in the music industry, but would benefit from further support to enable their progression. If this applies to you but you fall outside of the age range please get in touch to discuss further. 

We also offer a range of music making projects for musicians of all ages so we would recommend keeping an eye on our website and social media for future opportunities.

I have a question that hasn’t been covered in the FAQs. How can I contact you?

Simply contact Lucy Wallace at lucy@brightersound.com. Or our company email address is info@brightersound.com and our phone number is 0161 546 5334. Leave us a message and we’ll get back to you.