Opportunity: Call for partners

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We’re changing the way we select partners.

We want to work with partners who share the same values as us, specifically around diversity, including gender, along with a shared approach to audience development and data insight.

We want to work with partners who can create a supportive and valuable experience for composers. From ensembles and soloists to cross art form, education organisations, venues and much more besides: if you wish to work with a composer to expand your programme, develop your repertoire, and enrich the experience of your audiences – then we’d love to hear from you.

Join our Partners Database here

Our approach to partnership

Pretty much everything we work on and produce at Sound and Music is delivered in partnership.

This is for a variety of reasons both practical and aspirational. As a national organisation we aim to collaborate with a vast and varied mix of partners, from inside and outside of the new music sector.

We do this in order to gain a wider perspective. Learning alongside our partners is an important part of this collaboration, helping us to understand their ambitions and the challenges they face.

This in turn opens up a rich and varied range of experiences and opportunities for artists and composers. Recent partners for our residency programmes have ranged from Open Data InstituteROLIBritish Library Sound Archive to Lichfield Festival and BBC Radio 3.

This choice is essential for artists exploring the development of their practice, and each bespoke residency is as unique as the composers at the heart of it.

Our aims are to provide the support and networks for new work and ideas to grow, the space to experiment and to stretch artistic muscles, to facilitate creative exchange and to embed composers and their work in the broader cultural conversation.

We also want to encourage future opportunities for composers and hope that those who are new to this kind of partnership will be more open to programming this type of work in the future  – creating a legacy and further sustainability for new music.

This is what a great partnership does. And we have had some really great partnerships - too many to list here. Their legacy continues to have an impact many years on.

Challenge and change

At Sound and Music we are in a period of change, and alongside this we are starting to look at and address the lack of diversity among the artists and composers who we are working with. This is one of our core priorities and you can find out more about the learning so far from our Director of Programmes’ blog here.

Composers first, partners second

Like most organisations, we usually put residency partner organisations in place first. We would speak to them, make plans with them, and then make a public call for applicants with the partners named, before shortlisting and selecting the composers. 

This is one of the main changes moving forwards: we will be calling for composers and artists first. 

This means that we will work with composers to select the best partner fit for them from our Partners Database

So we are looking for partners that:

  • care about diversity and are excited by working with a broader range of composers
  • want to work with us in supporting composers and ensuring that their music is brought to life and heard in the best possible way, including collaborating on audience development and data insight
  • are up for working with us to progress these things

Partners Database

The first stage in this new process is to develop our first ever partners database: a collection of curious, interested, excited partners and residency opportunities, for our composers and artists to explore. There’s no commitment at this stage: we just want to know if you’re interested.

In return you will have the chance to work with some of the most exciting, talented and innovative composers in the UK today (and us of course!) and help us shape this new programme of work.


The Partners Database will remain open, with a few key pushes throughout the year and in the lead-up to selection. By joining the database you will receive direct emails and updates from our team.

Our first artist-led partnership selection will take place in July 2017 for our five amazing Pathways composers

If you’re interested, take a couple of minutes to sign up now to our Partners Database.

If you want to get in touch with us about the Partners Database, email info@soundandmusic.org  

We look forward to working with you in the future!


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