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Just announced: Artistic residency directed by Grammy Award-winning recording artist Imogen Heap. Find out more and apply…

Artistic Directors Series: Imogen Heap – closed
23rd August 2016

Just announced: Artistic residency directed by Grammy Award-winning recording artist Imogen Heap. Find out more and apply…

Brighter Sound presents an artistic residency directed by Grammy Award-winning recording artist and pioneer in music and technology, Imogen Heap.

We’re thrilled to announce that future thinking originator and truly inspirational artist Imogen Heap will be leading the seventh residency in our Artistic Directors Series.

Imogen will lead a five-day intensive residency from Sun 2 Oct – Thurs 6 Oct for twelve multi-skilled songwriters, musicians, producers and music entrepreneurs from across the North West. The group will collaborate and combine creative workflows to create and exhibit a mini-ecosystem around a song that will all be unveiled at our host venue and project partner, Manchester’s Band on the Wall on the final day.


Imogen says…

Who knows what’s going to happen but I’d like to begin the song writing process with the morning papers, tea and discussion and perhaps by the end of the week, have a release of our recorded song and video. Alongside this, an exhibition with all the data we can possibly muster about the work. There are so many facets to being a recording artist and technology is moving so incredibly fast. It’s vital artists are brought into the front and centre for who these technologies shape our own futures

Self-produced British recording artist for 20 years, Imogen Heap has released four solo albums, another as one half of Frou Frou and collaborated with countless and varied artists including Taylor Swift, Deadmau5, Jeff Beck and Jon Hopkins. Her compositions and songs pop up in blockbuster and indie films, countless TV shows, and are sampled to the hilt with underground rap and dance music, as well as featuring in arguably one of the first ever internet memes, Dear Sister. Heap has won two Grammys, an Ivor Novello and is recognised as a major pioneer in music and technology for her gestural music-ware, the gloves system. Recognised for ways in which she interacts and works with her audience, Heap’s latest initiative and widely quoted ‘Mycelia‘ focuses on connecting the dots for a fair and sustainable music industry ecosystem. Heap is also the composer for the west end play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” which opened in London’s Palace Theatre in June 2016.

We’re inviting applications from multi-skilled musicians, composers, vocalists, producers, arrangers, video makers, coders, sound recorders, copywriters, website designers and creative entrepreneurs aged 18-30 from across the North West.  Applicants should consider what skills they can bring to the process of writing, recording and releasing music and how this could contribute towards a rich connected future music industry in the wake of Blockchain technology and smart contracts.

The residency will connect to Imogen’s Mycelia project – a foundation from which to create, champion and maintain the ethical, technological and commercial standards required to run a fair and sustainable music industry ecosystem.

It’s the sort of opportunity that money can’t buy… that can give someone the boost they need for stepping on into the next generation of British music” Bethan Morgan-Williams, previous residency participant.


Application Information

Dates: Sun 2 Oct – Thurs 6 Oct

Performance exhibition: Thurs 6 Oct, 7.30pm

Applicants must be available to attend all sessions in person at Band on the Wall, Manchester.

Expenses: £20 paid to each participant, each day.

Applicants must be aged 18-30 and be from across the North West of England.




For more information about this project please contact Brighter Sound on or call 0161 830 3899


Further Information

This residency is produced by Brighter Sound in partnership with Band on the Wall and is funded by Youth Music and PRS for Music Foundation.

This opportunity is part of the Artistic Directors Series. Each residency in this series is a four or five-day creative music project where a small group of emerging and mid career musicians and artists collaborate with the guidance of an artistic director to devise, re-work, produce and arrange new and existing work culminating in a unique showcase event.

Residencies give musicians the space and time to work intensively with each other and the lead artists, collaborating on ideas, developing artistic practice, honing musical skills and developing strong working relationships.

Click the links to see films of the previous residencies with Anna MeredithBeth Orton, Everything EverythingThe Unthanks, Snarky Puppy and DJ Yoda.


Image by Jeremy Cowart.