Musical Grants linked to Technology and Neuroscience for Young Creators.

The Pompeu Fabra University and the Phonos Foundation promote the production of experimental musical compositions based on digital technologies through grants for musical creation. Additionally this year, thanks to the Observatori de la Comunicació Científica through the European project KiiCS, we open a call for a new grant focused on musical projects that incorporate neuroscience as part of the work. KiiCS project aims to build bridges between art, science and technology to promote innovation.

The objective of this grant is to promote experimental musical productions (electroacoustic music, mixed instrumental music, electronic music, etc.) using computer-based systems and adding elements of neurology and sensory perception.

With the support of:



July 2012 call

General conditions

  1. The grants will be given to individuals and are exclusively aimed to young creators, residents in Spain and born after January 1st 1978. Artists enrolled in university courses master's, doctoral or postgraduate between 1.1.2012 and 1.1.2014 are not eligible.
  2. There is one grant with a funding for the author of 3.000€.
  3. The awarded artists may use the Phonos and UPF facilities and equipments, will receive basic assistance for the production of his/her work and will receive advice on neuroscience by researchers at the UPF.
  4. The works have to be produced in four months between November 1st, 2012 and June 30th, 2013
  5. The award of the grant will take into account the following points:
    1. The interest and quality of the project
    2. The knowledge of the author about computing, neurology and music creation.
    3. The projects' compatibility with the Pompeu Fabra University and the Phonos Foundation research objectives and facilities.
  6. The projects must include elements of neuroscience and music technology.
  7. Phonos will establish with the author the process for producing the work, the facilities to be employed, and the final timescale for its completion.
  8. Phonos reserves the right to organize a perfomance of the work produced through this grants in the context of their activities, and they will be mentioned as producers in the work credits. The author rights will belong to the artist.
  9. Phonos and the Observatori de la Comunicació Científica will publish the results of the jury before October 31st 2012 on the website The authors of the awarded projects will receive a letter with the specific conditions of the scholarship. The applicants not selected can retrieve their project documentation in the time to be specified.



Applications should be formalized before September 30th 2012 and must include:

1.    The application form properly completed and printed

2.     The author's curriculum

3.     A summary of previous works, if any, related to the present call

4.     A description of the project  as detailed as possible

5.     An inventory of the human and computing resources required to carry out the project

6.     A production schedule

Applications should be sent by mail (no e-mail) to

Andrés Lewin-Richter
PHONOS-Universitat Pompeu Fabra. 
c.Roc Boronat 138