Sound and Music Programme Launch 2013

On the 30th April we launch our new programme framework which renews our vision and brings the development of talented composers to our heart.

Sound and Music will focus on three linked priorities: composer development, audience development, and creating a powerful national story about the value of new music, backed up by compelling evidence.

Susanna Eastburn, Chief Executive of Sound and Music, commented on the new framework:

 "Sound and Music has reformed itself, and now, with this framework, we can work with others to transform the future of new music.  It features the best of what the organisation has developed in the past, together with new programmes that address gaps and open up new areas of opportunity.


The new programme framework offers many ways for individual composers and partners to work with us and help to build a vibrant new music community. At the same time it is designed to open new music up to a wider audience. We believe the plans we have announced today lay the foundations for a bigger and brighter future for new music."


Sound and Music will work with partners across the country to achieve the ambitious goals of this new programme framework, which we believe is capable of transforming the future of new music in the UK.

Information on all the new projects is live on this website now.

New Programmes we are launching in 2013 include;

Higher Education Programme - a development programme for exceptionally talented composers in higher education.

Portfolio – a recently launched development programme for 14 emerging composers a year to create new work with and for some of the UK’s leading ensembles and presenters of new music. 

Composer-Curator Programme – a national programme of light touch support for composers who programme and curate new music events and festivals

Museum Partner programme - a programme engaging museums and heritage organisations in working with composers in new ways. 

Audience Development Programme - a programme of action research into how new music can transform its approach to building and sustaining audiences, with pilot activity with partners in Birmingham, Bristol, London and the Northeast of England.

Existing Programmes we will grow in 2013 include;

Adopt a Composer – an annual programme through which up to six amateur orchestras, choirs or bands ‘adopt’ an up-and-coming composer.

Embedded – a programme for 10 composers a year to be ‘in residence’ with major creative organisations including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and the Forestry Commission. For the first time Sound and Music will offer an international residency with one composer placed with the Electronic Music Studio in Stockholm.

Minute of Listening – a software application delivered into schools that encourages listening and reflection by primary school children.

Listen Imagine Compose – a nationwide action research programme looking at how composition can be better taught in schools, and more generally, how it can be beneficial to pupils in terms of their creative and social development.

Go Compose – a three day composition workshops for composers aged 11-18 working with professional musicians.

The Summer School – the only course of its kind for talented composers aged 14-18: residential, and offering a range of compositional options all of which are supported by experienced professional composers and musicians

Sounding Out a rolling programme of panel discussions and presentations providing insights into professional practice across new music.

ISCM - Sound and Music administrates the British section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and more generally seeks to open up international opportunities for British composers and new music organisations.

The Francis Chagrin Awards – a recently relaunched rolling programme of awards to support composers with the costs of making new work.

The George Butterworth Prize – a recently relaunched annual prize for an emerging composer, in recognition of an outstanding work created through one of Sound and Music’s programmes.

The British Music Collection - a unique collection of physical and digital materials, which will be expanded and developed, including a focus on widening access.

To make sure you're always up to date with all our news make sure you receive our Sound and Music Newsletter. Also, if you haven't already, take a look at the findings of our consultation to see some of the ideas that have shaped our new projects.

If you have any questions about our programme, or how you can get involved, do just get in touch. 


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