The Steve Martland Scholarship Fund

Steve Martland

The Steve Martland Scholarship Fund

Every year, 75 young composers aged 14-18 from all over the country arrive at the Sound and Music Summer School for a transformational fortnight of music making.

For many of these talented young composers, it would not be possible to attend the Summer School without financial support. In 2015, composer Tim Benjamin supported the creation of a new Scholarship – in memory of the late, inspirational composer, Steve Martland – to support young composers who might not otherwise be able to attend.

To find out more about Steve Martland you can read The Guardian obituary here. Steve was a former Artistic Director of spnm – the Society for the Promotion of New Music – one of Sound and Music’s founding organisations. He cared deeply about new music being open to everybody. Believing that composing talent could be found anywhere, regardless of class or wealth, he was passionate in advocating for the importance of diversity of new music and its creators. He was generous, warm-hearted and huge fun to be with, and his many pupils held him in the highest regard.

Since last year, others who share Steve’s beliefs have joined the campaign to create Steve Martland Scholarships. Sound and Music is committed to ensuring that there is never a financial barrier to attendance at the Summer School, so the support of these generous donors is hugely important to making that a possibility.

We would like to thank the following contributors to the Steve Martland 2016 scholarships:

Gavin Bryars
Robert Katz
Stevan Keane
Sara Mohr-Pietsch
James Poke
Alex Poots

Our special thanks go to Sally Groves, who has been such a supporter of the Steve Martland Scholarships.

If you would like to contribute to the fund in memory of Steve Martland, you can contact Susanna Eastburn, Chief Executive, on You can also make a donation directly via our giving platform 

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