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Opportunities for composers and songwriters

This resource is a non-exhaustive list of opportunities, networks, venues, ensembles, record labels and events which may wish to engage composers and songwriters 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.

Competitions and commisions

UKSC: Songwriting contest

The UKSC was formed by music industry professionals, The BRIT Trust and The BRIT School (Adele and Amy Winehouse are graduates). The contest is open to all songwriters from every country.

British Trombone Society (BTS) composers competition

The competition is open to anyone, must be for a quartet of trombones, be original work and be no more than 15 minutes in duration. The winner will receive a recording of the winning composition and publication by Bones Apart.

Mikael Tariverdiev International Organ Competition

The thirteenth competition is open to musicians from any country. There is a fee to enter and you must not have been born earlier than 1 January 1989. The competition is conducted publicly and to take part you must be able to attend the first round at one of the following countries: Germany, USA, China or Russia. Thereafter, selected contestants move to Russia to participate in the second and third rounds.

Foshan Composers Contest

This is a new competition created with the aim of encouraging composers to create new music celebrating the city of Foshan. Composers of all ages and nationalities can apply. The composition is for an ensemble with Chinese and Western instruments and should reflect Foshan's cultural heritage.

The Oram Awards

Presented by PRS Foundation and The Radiophonic Institute, The Oram Awards recognise emerging artists in the fields of music, sound and related technologies. In honour of Daphne Oram, one of the founding members of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the Awards hope to build on her legacy.

The Oram Awards are open to the next generation of women, girls and gender minorities in music and sound.

Popular ISM advice and support for composers

Key organisations and ongoing support

Sound World

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

PRS Foundation

Funding opportunities from the Performing Right Society's foundation.

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?