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Specialist music producers Serious and Cryptic collaboration receives Renfrewshire CHE funding

Specialist music producers Serious and Cryptic have announced their first collaboration in an exciting new professional development project for Scottish musicians.

Air Time Meets Cryptic is funded by Creative Scotland, Help Musicians UK and Renfrewshire Council as part of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021, and will be based in Paisley in 2018.  The project will engage five Scottish composer/performers from a wide range of genres in professional development opportunities and will enable an exciting collaboration of the Glasgow-based international producers Cryptic and the London-based international producers Serious.    

Air Time Meets Cryptic will involve the commissioning, development and presentation of especially created music by emerging composer/performers in any genre (i.e., jazz, folk, electronica, contemporary classical, etc) who are living and working in Scotland. 

The week-long residential component of the scheme will take place in Paisley in May and will introduce the participating composer/performers to specialist industry personnel (working across the areas of communications, publishing and recording, funding, legal, programming, etc.) who will illuminate the business aspects of creative careers with a view to empowering the participants with information, networks and confidence to take more control over the business aspects of their career.

As part of this residency, Serious will invite the contemporary music community of Scotland to participate in a ‘round table’ meeting about the sector in Paisley, with the outcome being a greater understanding about the work of these organisations and how they nurture talent, the needs of the creative musicians in the sector and a map of the opportunities available. 

The new musical works and performances which emerge from Air Time Meets Cryptic will be developed under the guidance of specialist producers within Cryptic and Serious and the best of these will be presented under the ‘Cryptic Nights’ series in Glasgow and Paisley by Cryptic, and through various Serious presentation opportunities such as The EFG London Jazz Festival and/or Serious Space.  

Serious Director John Cumming said, ‘Serious is looking forward to collaborating with cutting-edge producers Cryptic on Airtime, whose audacious and boundary-crossing approach to genres and practice matches Serious’s own.  This edition of Air Time will also be taking place in the environment of Paisley’s exciting music scene and will, we hope provide encouragement, know-how and reinforcement to Scotland’s ever-creative music practitioners.’

Alan Morrison, Head of Music, Creative Scotland, said: ‘In order to remain ambitious and exciting, Scotland’s music sector relies on mentoring and support of emerging artists and music industry professionals. Air Time Meets Cryptic presents an excellent opportunity for Scottish composers and performers to develop their careers and reach new audiences, key aims of our Arts Strategy, working closely with Serious and Cryptic - both significant organisations with a strong track record in spotting and nurturing talent.’

Cryptic’s Artistic Director Cathie Boyd said, ‘Cryptic is delighted to be working with Serious to deliver Air Time, which we believe will further our mission of nurturing the best in upcoming Scottish talent whilst also bringing some of the most exciting creative voices to Paisley’s vibrant and growing music scene. With a shared interest and passion for supporting emerging musicians, we are excited to explore the many opportunities this new partnership will generate for artists and audiences alike.’

Paisley 2021 bid director Jean Cameron said: "We are delighted to be able to support this great project through Renfrewshire's Culture, Heritage and Events Fund. Paisley's bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 aims to bring the very best artists from the UK and beyond to work with our local talent, so we are delighted two of the country's leading arts promoters are coming to Paisley next year. The town has a rich musical heritage and our music scene is already thriving - with our annual flagship Spree arts festival taking place this week and headlined by our very own Paolo Nutini. This project will allow the next generation of Paisley talent to strengthen their networks by teaming up with some of the most exciting people working in UK music right now."