Twelve of the UK’s most talented composers will be supported through the ground breaking Composers’ Fund to develop their work in the UK and overseas.
In this second round of funding since The Composers’ Fund launch in 2016, the latest 12 composers receiving support are:
The Composers’ Fund was created following PRS Foundation’s research in 2014 exploring the challenges composers meet when striving to steer the next stages of their careers. The research highlighted that composers faced limited access to funding, low commission fees, lack of any support structure, pressurised working conditions and for established and mid-career composers in particular, a decrease in commissioning opportunities.
The fund, was launched by PRS Foundation at City Hall, London in April 2016 with additional support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It aims to support the creative and professional development of talented composers by offering direct access to funding at pivotal stages in their careers. The fund offers £150,000 annually to support composers and enable them to realise projects and ambitions that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.
The next deadline for applications is Monday 6th March 2017 at 6pm.
Vanessa Reed, Chief Executive for PRS Foundation said, “Huge congratulations to the latest round of talented composers being supported and given this opportunity to steer the next steps of their creative and professional development. I look forward to seeing the difference this direct support makes as they explore ideas, projects and collaborations which are particularly important to them.”
Supported composer James Weeks said, “It’s a brilliant, desperately-needed scheme for composers who are no longer ‘emerging’ to kickstart the next phase of their careers, or just to experiment and create with a bit more breathing space than usual. I feel very lucky to have been selected and can’t recommend it highly enough.”
PRS Foundation gratefully acknowledges Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for supporting The Composers’ Fund.