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Partnerships > Professional Development > Composer Bursaries

Composer Bursaries

We partner with The Bliss Trust to support emerging composers living and working in the UK who are seeking funds to assist with professional development in the field of contemporary classical music.

2015 deadlines

  • 17th April (for activity taking place after 1st June)
  • 25th September (for activity taking place after 1st November)

Please note that applications must be posted to arrive in time for these deadlines.

This grant scheme can help with:

  • supporting professional recordings of new works, promotional recordings or similar projects
  • computer hardware/software or similar resources
  • travel costs relating to attending performances abroad
  • commissioning fees* (to assist or supplement another body)
  • as a bursary towards study at a summer school or similar (i.e. supplementary study)
  • copying

It is anticipated that this scheme will be highly competitive and resources are limited so please remember that an application does not guarantee an award.

We are unable to grant funds for assistance with full-time, part-time, post-graduate, undergraduate studies or any activities/equipment directly relating to curricular studies, or to individuals who have previously been recipients of a Composer Bursary.

*If a composition is already being supported by PRS for Music Foundation under another funding opportunity, then further application under this opportunity will not be considered.


Further Information

Founded in 1986 under the guidance of Lady Bliss, The Bliss Trust aims to promoter both the wider understanding and appreciation of the music of Arther Bliss, and the education and further education of students of composition and young composers.