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Paid opportunity in songwriting/music production with AI

Application deadline: 10th March, 2023

Drs. Amandine Pras and Tom Collins of the School of Arts and Creative Technologies at University of York are looking to work with a songwriter and/or music producer on an entry to this year’s AI Song Contest.

They have funding that would enable the successful candidate to be paid 15 hrs per week for 10-12 weeks, at a rate of £14.06 per hour.

The aim of the fund on which we are drawing for this project is to improve access to and participation in research, including postgraduate research study, so eligibility criteria include having a Bachelor’s degree, and being a UK-HOME candidate from Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

The songwriter and/or music producer should have an interest in the co-creation of music with AI, and ideally have experience or interest in developing music VR experiences too. The rights to the song are to be shared among all creators, but we anticipate that the successful candidate would have majority rights.

Dr. Collins has worked on previous entries to the Contest, which you are welcome to listen to and read about here: https://maia-suggest-2022.glitch.me; https://ai-circus.glitch.me. His previous collaborations on music and AI have also been covered by BBC Click.

The project can be conducted mostly remotely, although we would like you to come to University of York 2-3 times to make use of the expertise and specialist facilities that we have on campus. They are also planning a workshop with the general public at StreetLife on the evening of Monday June 5th, 2023, at which you would be expected to present project progress/outcomes. Workshop travel/accommodation expenses for this event will be supported up to £150.

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please get in touch with Dr. Collins at tom.collins@york.ac.uk before 11.59 pm on 10th March, 2023, with a brief statement of your interest in and suitability for the project, a CV indicating your experience and skills, and links to your music.

They aim to hold Zoom interviews on the morning of Thu 16th March, with the successful candidate beginning in the role from the beginning of April.