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Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Presented in partnership with Supersonic, the UK's premier experimental music and arts festival.

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.

Vicky Clarke performing at DINA, SHeffield / Olivia Louvel performing at 93 Feet East, London

Vicky Clarke (image by Laura Merrill) / Olivia Louvel (image by Tim Boddy)

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 2020 and March 2021.

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 below:

Composer-Curator 2020

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

How do I apply?

All applications for Composer-Curator must be submitted via our Online Application Portal. We accept both written and video submissions; please see our Guidelines for Applicants to get more details on our requirements.

All applicants must:

Contact us

Wondering if this programme is right for you? Unsure about how it works?
If you have any questions, please contact Angharad Cooper (Creative Project Leader for Digital) at  // 020 7759 1806

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Current Activity

The call for Composer-Curator 2020 is now closed.

If you are interested in applying to a future round, please read our Guidelines for Applicants.

Want to know more about previous projects?

Read about 2020's Composer-Curators

Read about 2019's Composer-Curators

Read about 2018's Composer-Curators

Presented in Partnership with Supersonic Festival:


Sound and Music gratefully acknowledges support from PRS Foundation as a Talent Development Partner:

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Sound and Music is supported by public funding from Arts Council England


Help us support the future of new music

Every penny we raise goes straight into the development of composers and the creation of new music, through programmes like Composer-Curator.


If you're currently on this programme, you need to ensure you're providing proper accreditation on any marketing materials you produce.

Please see our Crediting page for more details on what you need to include.


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