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News July 7, 2021

Create NSW and Arup launch SoundLab Residency Program for local artists

Create NSW and Arup launch SoundLab Residency Program for local artists

Create NSW and multinational professional services firm Arup have partnered to launch the SoundLab Residency Program.

Both parties are calling for expressions of interest from musicians and sound artists to take part in the program, which allows artists access to Arup’s high-end acoustics lab in Sydney.

Four successful artists or groups will receive $2,500 in funding from Create NSW, as well as access to Arup’s SoundLab facility for two to four weeks, valued at $7,000 per week.

Participants in the residency are also encouraged to network and share ideas with other members of the Arup team, setting up potential opportunities for future collaborations.

Nick Boulter, regional arts and culture leader for Arup highlighted how artists have previously implemented SoundLab for their own musical projects.

“In New York, Björk and her team used the Arup SoundLab to help develop and deliver the final form of her on-stage acoustic reverb chamber for the Cornucopia tour,” Boulter said.

“We are really excited about this new partnership with Create NSW and the amazing opportunities for creative interactions between the design and engineering skills at Arup and the artists who will spend time with us.”

Create NSW’s executive director Chris Keely said that the residency program would provide an uncompromised sonic platform for NSW-based artists to experiment with.

“This unique SoundLab Residency Program will provide an important opportunity for up to four NSW-based musicians or groups of artists to make music and sound in a high-end technical space designed for critical listening, and the exploration of technology and sound,” Keely said.

“Create NSW is proud to partner with Arup for this opportunity, and if you are a musician wanting to take your craft to the next level I encourage you to apply for this unique residency that I am sure will provide a career-boosting moment for the successful musicians.”

Expressions of interest for the residency program are open now and close on Monday July 26.

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