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.

The Ivors Composer Awards

To enter you must have been born in the UK (or ordinarily resident during a specified period of time) and your work must have received a UK premiere public performance, live or broadcast, between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.

Christopher Brooks Composition Prize

Applications are open for the Christopher Brooks Composition Prize. The prize provides an opportunity to develop your talent; and access support and guidance from across the music profession. You must want to develop a long-term relationship with Liverpool Philharmonic.

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.

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?