Funding

Support for professional composers

The Foundation offers funding towards:

The performance, commissioning or recording of music by professional composers active in the last 100 years who have not yet achieved a broad national or international reputation, or by composers entering the profession.  

  • – Grants will generally only be awarded for notated music, scored for live performers. (Repertoire which combines electronics with live performers will be considered.)
  • – Supported composers must be of British or Irish nationality, or have been resident in the UK for a minimum of five* years.
  • – We do not generally support the performances of composers currently in higher education, or performances by student ensembles.  

(*Three years in the case of those applying for the Vaughan Williams Bursaries.)  

Projects or organisations in the UK which create developmental opportunities for composers or which promote public knowledge and appreciation of British or Irish music of the last 100 years.

Before you start

  • 1. Read our funding conditions

  • 2. Download and read our guidelines for applicants which which detail how to register, and what to include with your application.

HOW TO APPLY

Application is a two part process:

You must first register your application by completing a brief online form.

Once your registration is confirmed you will receive email instructions detailing how to upload supporting information as requested in the guidelines (generally three short documents).

All supporting information must be submitted by the given deadline. Your application will not be considered unless your supporting information is received.