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Meet our Round 4 Challenge Holders

We’re delighted to announce our latest round of Challenge Holders – four fantastic music and performing arts organisations looking for Challenge Respondents that can help them change their tune!

Our Round 4 Challenge Holders are Scottish Opera, Scottish Ensemble, Pianodrome and Drake Music Scotland.

Anno, Scottish Ensemble c Hugh Carswell

Applications are open now 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.

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 Challenge Respondents close on Friday 16th April 2021.


The Challenges

Scottish Ensemble’s challenge is to create an interactive installation version of Anno, their audio-visual collaboration with composer and producer Anna Meredith. They are looking for a Challenge Respondent that can use existing audio and visual material from the Anno project to create an immersive, installation-style version of the piece that gives users the opportunity to interact with and influence the visuals and music, creating their own ‘live’ performance of Anno in situations where the physical performers cannot be present.

Scottish Opera credit Julie Broadfoot

Scottish Opera’s challenge is to create an interactive experience to capture evaluative data from pupils and teachers on their Primary Schools Tour. They are looking for a Challenge Respondent to make evaluation and data capture more fun, engaging and accessible for pupils and teachers.

Pianodrome’s challenge is to connect two pianos in separate geographical locations together in real time, using a digital/physical interface which allows players at each piano to engage in a musical dialogue with one another. They are looking for a Challenge Respondent to develop a prototype that will allow a piano in Leeds to be connected to a piano in Edinburgh as part of Leeds International Piano Competition, taking place in September 2021.

Drake Music Scotland’s challenge is to create a new online platform that will transform their Figurenotes resource base into the world’s first and most comprehensive inclusive music hub. They would like to work with a Challenge Respondent to develop a platform that allows users to download resources, constructively rate and critique learning materials, and upload their own creations, creating a unique crowdsourced database of accessible music resources.

Visit our Challenge Projects page to view full details of all our Round 4 Challenge Projects!

If you are interested in applying to be a Challenge Respondent, come along to our online Challenge Holder Q&A session on Thursday 18th March at 2pm to meet our Round 4 Challenge Holders and ask any questions you have about their challenges. Register now!

Creative Informatics Director, Professor Chris Speed, 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. 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.”

If you have questions about any of our Round 4 Challenge Projects contact the Creative Informatics team at creativeinformatics@ed.ac.uk.





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