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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.

Opera North: Minute Masterpieces

Opera North is calling for entries to their Minute Masterpieces. Applications are particularly welcome from early career or emerging composers. Up to six successful compositions will each be recorded by the Orchestra, performed live, and receive a commissioning fee of £500.

    Ada Witczyk: Ruzickova Composition Competition

    Applications are now open for the Ruzickova Composition Competition, and judges are looking for short pieces written for baroque string quartet of between four to six minutes in length. Winning compositions will be published and recorded in video performances.

    Wild Plum Arts: Artists residency

    Wild Plum Arts are hosting their third August residency with the support and collaboration of The Ivors Academy. Free accommodation, meals, and private workspaces are offered for up to six artists per week during the month of august, and each residency is for six nights. Applications are open to artists who are at a professional level and involved in the creation of new musical works.

    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?