Support for the work of 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.)
  • – Ensembles, organisations, individual musicians, or composers may apply.
  • – Supported repertoire must be by composers of British or Irish nationality, or who 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.


Application is a two part process:

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

On registering you will receive email confirmation which will include a personal link so you can upload supporting information as requested in the guidelines.

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