Opportunities and resources for composers

This resource is a non-exhaustive list of opportunities, networks, venues, ensembles, record labels and events which may wish to engage composers in commissions or partnership work. It is designed to serve as a starting point. Building relationships with performers and venues is equally important. We have also included some ISM resources to help you further.

Sound World

Sound World provides numerous opportunities for young and early career composers including professional public performances, commissions, composition workshops and an annual young composers’ competition.

New Music Scotland: Peer to Peer Residency

New Music Scotland have announced a two day professional development opportunity for eight new emerging creators or promoters who are starting a career writing or promoting theirs or others work. Open to those based in Scotland.

The Mendelssohn Scholarship 2020

The Mendelssohn Scholarship is open to any music student, under the age of 30 who lives in Britain or Ireland. Application by 3 April.

Gustav Mahler Composition Prize

Composers of any nationality and without age limit are invited to submit compositions for Trio Klavis’ instrumentation violin, alto saxophone (doubling also on tenor saxophone) and piano (Duration: 10 to max. 15 minutes).

PRS Foundation

Funding opportunities from the Performing Right Society's foundation.

Member Connect

Make musical connections with Member Connect, an online, private directory of current ISM members.

Is there something missing? This is not a comprehensive list. If you think something should be added in, why not email us at [email protected]. If you have your own ensemble or group or venue, why not get in touch and ask us to add it in?