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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.

The Big Lockdown Music Survey

NMC Recordings is collecting recordings of music made across England during the first national lockdown. Tracks will be selected to create album-length selections of music; there will be six music ‘albums’ in total and creators whose tracks are selected will be paid for their work.

Sheva collection: Contest for composers

A contest to celebrate the poetry of Emily Dickinson through music is open to composers of any age and any country. An entry fee is payable to enter the competition and four prize winners will be selected. Successful works will be recorded on a Sheva CD and be distributed worldwide.

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.

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?