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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.

New Music Scotland: Open Score Club

An open score club is to be held at 10am on the first Sunday of every month and at 7pm on the third Tuesday of every month. The Club is open for musicians of all abilities including professionals, students, instrumentalists and sound-artists. Club members are welcome to suggest repertoire or bring their own piece to try.

O/Modernt Composition Award

O/Modernt has announced their annual Composition Award (2021). The theme of the award is: NATURE and the CITY. The winning work will be premiered in 2021 in Manchester and there is a monetary price.

Faber Music and Sound and Music

Faber Music and Sound and Music have announced a new partnership offering ten Faber Music Bursaries available to young composers and music creators to attend the Sound and Music Summer School in 2021.

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.

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?