WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE COMPOSERS’ FUND?
*Please note composers who are members of another performing rights society e.g. ASCAP, SACEM are not eligible.
When assessing applications to this fund, we will be considering the impact of the proposed activity on the development of the composer’s music and profile, and the track record and quality of the applicant composer.
WHEN CAN I APPLY?
The Composers’ Fund is aimed at established composers who can already demonstrate their impact in classical music in either the UK or overseas. If you are a composer who is not at this level we would recommend you apply to our Open funding schemes or our Composer Bursary scheme.
Composers can apply at any deadline for the Composers’ Fund as long as they are not already a recipient of the fund. This means if you have been unsuccessful at a previous deadline you are eligible to apply again (although it may be worth seeking guidance from PRSF to check whether you are at the right level to apply).
This fund is in the first instance a three year pilot scheme, if you are successfully funded at any point during this time you cannot apply for the fund again within the three year pilot (2016 – 2018).
You can apply for the fund if you are currently involved in no more than one other of our funding schemes including Beyond Borders, The Open Fund for Organisations, The Open Fund for Music Creators and Women Make Music.
If you have received funding from the Composers’ Fund you cannot apply directly to The Open Fund for Music Creators or Women Make Music until twelve months after the activity for which you applied has been completed.
Whilst a recipient of the Composers’ Fund, you are able to be named by an organisation as main music creator for The Open Fund or Beyond Borders, so long as the project does not link to Composers’ Fund activity.
Composers currently being commissioned to write a piece for the New Music Biennial in 2017 cannot apply to the Composers’ Fund until this project is complete. (Therefore are eligible to apply in 2018).
NOTE: The Composers’ Fund is not for early stage composers; consistency of critical acclaim and a demonstrable performance track record will be considered in the assessment of each proposal.
Applications must be made by the composer and all grants awarded via this fund will be paid directly to the composer.
HOW THE NEW COMPOSERS’ FUND DIFFERS FROM EXISTING PRS FOUNDATION SCHEMES
Our Open Funding for Music Creators and Women Make Music schemes are normally used for one-off short term activities such as touring, recording or creation of new works and are available to composers at any stage in their career. Up to £5000 is available via these schemes. The Composers’ Fund is targeted at composers with an existing profile looking for funding to make a career step change.
The Composer Bursaries are a joint funding opportunity for early stage composers who can apply for up to £750 for professional development, including travel to attend performances of their work, non-academic study and equipment purchase up to £500. The Composers’ Fund is targeted at more established composers.
Our New Music Biennial and Beyond Borders programmes are mainly targeted at organisations who are commissioning composers or touring existing repertoire. The Composer’s Fund is for composers only and is not open to commissioning or touring organisations. Activity supported by the Composers’ Fund is determined by the composer. While it is possible this may include commissions or tours, the potential uses of the Fund are far wider.
HOW MUCH CAN COMPOSERS APPLY FOR?
Applicants will be able to apply for up to £10,000; the costs of the proposed activity music be clearly presented.
HOW MANY COMPOSERS WILL RECEIVE FUNDING?
We envisage being able to fund between 10-15 composers per year, depending on project scope and available funds.
WHAT CAN BE FUNDED?
We will consider every application on a case-by-case basis. We are inviting composers to propose any activity or intervention that would make a significant difference to their long term development. We are envisioning that this might include the following activity, though we will also welcome other ideas if a strong case for support can be made:
WHAT CAN’T BE FUNDED?
WHEN ARE THE FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINES?
We advise you only to make a start on the application when (a) you are sure that you’re eligible for this fund; (b) you have a clear case for why the expenditure is so important; and (c) you have a clear rationale as to why the expenditure you want to make is crucial at this stage in your career.
Deadlines occur twice a year. The next deadline for The Composers’ Fund is 16th March 2017 and you can APPLY HERE. We aim to communicate back to all applicants with a decision within twelve weeks. All of our funding decisions for the Composers’ Fund are made by an expert group panellists.
PRS for Music Foundation gratefully acknowledges Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for supporting The Composers’ Fund.