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Sonica Glasgowsonic art for the visually minded, the award winning 10-day biennial festival, dedicated to world-class visual sonic arts, is looking for visual live music performances or sonic installations by up to five Scottish based early career artists aged 18-25. Their work will be presented alongside exceptional international artists and UK talent at Sonica from 10 – 20 March 2022. Launched at Tramway in 2012, Sonica has presented more than 980 events in venues around the city, reaching over 180,000 people.

We recognise that access to opportunities, developing a career and earning a living in the music industry is not equally shared. We are offering tailored artistic mentoring and high-profile paid performance opportunities to young artists to support them in their creative journey and are particularly keen to encourage applications from artists who are currently underrepresented or under-supported in the creative and culture sector or who have faced barriers because of who they are or where they live, including, but not limited to, under-represented Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ identities, gender identities, low socioeconomic backgrounds, those with disabilities and/or caring responsibilities.

We are looking for existing sound installations and live music performances with visuals which require no further development, though the successful artist will receive creative mentoring and support from the  Cryptic team.

The Call Out is not open to undergraduate students, students in full time education, or those living outside Scotland.

The successful artist will receive:

  • A guaranteed fee of £500;
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for artists based out with Glasgow;
  • Support in sourcing basic technical equipment;
  • Support for set up and get out after the performance;
  • Venue, PR and marketing support;
  • Photographic and video documentation of your work;
  • Creative mentoring from the Cryptic team;



  • A platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company;
  • An opportunity to participate in and present your work at an international arts festival;
  • Attend Performances, artist talks and workshops;
  • An opportunity to introduce new audiences to your work;
  • Valuable opportunities to develop your professional connections and networks.


Live performances will be programed for one performance during the festival dates from 10 – 20 March 2022.

Installations will be shown for the full 10-days of the festival from 10 – 20 March 2022. Artists should be available for a one-day install prior to the opening of the festival and a half-day de-install on Monday 21 March.

The PRSF Youth Music Sonica open call will be selected by a panel of arts professionals. Your application will be assessed on the application criteria and guidelines, the quality of work and their suitability for the Sonica Glasgow 2022 programme.

The successful projects will be selected by:

  • Cathie Boyd, Curator, Sonica;
  • Claire Moran, Producer, Cryptic;
  • Wezi Mhura, Creative Producer



  • Submission deadline: 17:00 (GMT), on Thursday 2 December 2021
  • The selection panel will meet on: 7 & 8 December 2021
  • The successful artists will be notified by the end of January 2022.


To apply, please read the guidelines and complete the application form, both links are below. 


Application Form

We welcome written, video or audio applications.

If you require additional support in completing your application or have any questions please contact Fiona at or phone +44(0)7947365245

The Open Call will be delivered in partnership with PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner network in association with Youth Music.

Youth Music is a national youth arts charity working to provide young people aged 21 and under across the UK with free, life-changing performance and progression opportunities, regardless of background or musical style.

PRS Foundation supports organisations from across the UK which have been selected as PRS Foundation Talent Development Partners. These organisations are working at the frontline of talent development in the UK, supporting a broad range of individual music creators across different music genres and UK regions.

Cryptic is an equal opportunities and inclusive organisation. We want to inspire more people to discover, engage with and participate in the arts and we recognise that the diversity of our artistic programme, audiences and workforce is key to our success. We welcome applications from artists who are currently underrepresented or under-supported within the arts sector (including, but not limited to under-represented Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+ identities, gender identities, low socioeconomic backgrounds, those with disabilities and/or caring responsibilities).

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