Open Call - Deep Dive

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Cryptic is looking for 15 musicians between the ages of 16-25 who are interested in exploring electronic and live music making.

What is it:

Deep Dive is an artist development programme for up to 15 young musicians who feel they would benefit from a relaxed, welcoming space to meet, learn, and gain confidence in sharing their ideas with each other.

The aim of the sessions is for the group to explore electronic and live music making skills. The programme will be led by the group, responsive to their needs, and will be supported by artists and industry professionals who will act as mentors.

The programme will run from October 2022 until March 2023 and will consist of monthly two-hour gatherings in Glasgow. These meetings will be once every month from 19:00 until 21:00.

We particularly welcome applications from young musicians who feel they face barriers, which may include financial, ethnicity, education, social class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, neurodiversity, a long term health condition/s or have caring responsibilities.

What do you get:

  •  £50 per session attended, plus travel and accommodation to attend the session if you don’t live in Glasgow. Travel within Glasgow will also be paid for anyone who lives locally
  • Six two-hour sessions and the opportunity to participate in a jam session at the end (you are welcome to leave if this isn’t your thing)
  • Support throughout from mentors and the Cryptic team
  • Meet with like-minded people to collaborate with and share ideas and skills
  • Support to develop your music career
  • Time and space to explore experimental music making
  • Free tickets to Cryptic Events

Who can take part:

  • Musicians between the ages of 16-25
  • Musicians working in any form of music who are interested in exploring electronic music
  • You can be based in any part of Scotland but be willing to travel to Glasgow each month
  • You do not need to have a formal music education, we’re particularly interested in musicians who are self-taught

How to apply:

  • To apply please complete this simple form, which can be submitted in written, audio or video format via this link 
  • In your application, please tell us about you, your music, any barriers that you might have faced in progressing your music career, and how you would benefit from the programme
  • Please complete the Inclusion Form via this link – this helps to support our aim to be an inclusive and diverse organisation and lets us know how we’re doing

What happens next:

  • If you would like to find out more before applying, you can attend a drop-in session on 25 August to meet us; you can do this online or in person at CCA. Please contact to book a slot
  • The shortlisting panel is Cathie Boyd (Artistic Director – Cryptic), Fiona Haggerty (Project Manager – Cryptic), and independent panellist TAAHLIAH (DJ / Producer)
  • We will be in touch with all applicants by week commencing 19 September
  • Interviews will be held on 21 and 22 September
  • Please let us know if you have any access needs that you wish to share with us. We will be supportive in discussing these with you at any stage of the application and selection process
  • There is an access budget to support the needs of D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent applicants or those with caring responsibilities. We will work with you to understand your specific needs

This project is funded by Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative, administered by Creative Scotland, and Glasgow Connected Arts Network


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