Sound and Music

Applications now open for 2019

Are you a composer or creator looking to produce your own events? Do you care passionately about building audiences for new music? Do you want to explore a new space, place or region for your work?

Sound and Music invites proposals for the 2019 iteration of its touring and development programme, Composer-Curator.

Composer-Curator supports outstanding projects across the UK that are curated and produced by composers and music creators. These are centred on performance events and installations, with workshops and public discussions also encouraged. The programme supports any form of experimental new music or sound art, whether it involves exploratory jazz, contemporary classical, electroacoustic work, non-Western musics or any other relevant practice.

How does it work?

Participants spend an initial period refining their projects with the support of the Sound and Music team, before moving on to a production phase, culminating in two or more public events.

The programme is open to all UK-based creators working with music or sound. The final public events will take place between May 2019 and March 2020.

We are particularly interested in projects located in places where levels of engagement with publicly funded arts and culture, including new music, are currently low. Imbalances in provision and engagement remain huge across different parts of the UK, and Sound and Music is committed to helping address this. (Useful findings are provided in recent reports from the national surveys, Taking Part and Active Lives).

Find out more about previous Composer-Curator participants and their projects here

Composer-Curator offers:

  • A contribution to production costs (approximately £3,000-£4,000)
  • Skills sessions and workshops led by leading professionals, and shaped around the cohort’s interests. This might include: producing site-responsive events; working with children and young people; approaches to socially engaged art; staging mixed media events
  • Practical support and guidance regarding fundraising, marketing, budgeting, logistics, data collection, evaluations and other aspects of event production
  • Opportunities to have your work featured on Sound and Music’s social media channels, e-communications and platforms (including The Sampler and the British Music Collection)
  • Networking opportunities with other creators, artists and composers on the programme

Contact us

Wondering if this programme is right for you? Unsure about how it works?
If you have any questions, please contact Sam Mackay (Creative Project Leader for Audiences) at  // 020 7759 1237

Full details are available at the Sound and Music website.

Deadline to apply: 12 February (5pm).