Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Music Futures Sandpit: Pitch an idea for funding

15 December 2022, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

Music Futures logo

UCL Music Futures is an initiative dedicated to thinking, writing and performing music. It is designed to foster a cluster of research and creativity in the space of music at UCL.

Event Information

Open to

UCL staff | UCL students




Institute of Advanced Studies


IAS Forum
G17, ground floor, South Wing
UCL, Gower Street, London
United Kingdom

First launched in 2021-22, Music Futures brings together UCL academics with an interest in music from a wide range of disciplines – from engineering, through the humanities, the fine arts, science and technology studies to cognitive neuroscience – in the absence of a dedicated music department.

The aims of the initiative are threefold:

  • to connect UCL scholars with an interest in music, and build a lasting community among them
  • to connect the UCL community with creatives, and with a wider London public
  • to foster research and dialogue between scholars and musicians, research, and knowledge transfer and public engagement

This year we are planning:

  • The present new call for proposals, inviting applications for support for projects involving UCL academics and research students.
  • A grant to conduct research at UCL PEARL (Person-Environment-Activity Research Laboratory), to be advertised early in 2023.
  • Some additional curated or supported events and activities.

As last year, this sandpit event is an opportunity to pitch a project idea and find collaborators, but also more generally to make connections with likeminded UCL colleagues. Colleagues from the Royal Academy of Music will attend as well to look out for possible collaborations.

Participants are invited to present an idea, however well defined, in a few minutes. Participation is not a requirement for submitting a proposal to the call.

Please complete this two-minute survey by Monday 21 November if you’d like to attend and/or present.