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Summary:Young Composers' Award
Deadline: 01 October 2017
Date Posted: 19 July 2017
Details: In 1957 the very first Gaudeamus Award was awarded to a promising young composer, the 22-year-old Peter Schat. Since then professional juries have annually selected compositions, chosen from hundreds of submissions and nominated these works for the Gaudeamus Award. Only five composers younger than 30 years will be eligible for the Award. Winning the Gaudeamus Award is seen as an international recognition of a young composer and his work and an important springboard into their career.

The categories and ensembles for 2018 are announced! Registration for the Gaudeamus Award 2018 starts 1 August 2017. The deadline for registration is 1 October 2017. If you would like to apply for the Gaudeamus Award 2018, please read the setup and terms & conditions here below thoroughly.


Large ensemble: Asko|Schönberg | Insomnio | Ensemble Modelo62
Instruments: 1 flute (+ picc, alto, bass), 1 clarinet (+ bass), 1 oboe, 1 bassoon (no cbsn), 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 French horn, 1 tuba, 1 guitar (electric + acoustic), 1 percussionist, 1 piano (harmonium), 1 harp, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 doublebass. Maximum number of players is 16; minimum number of players is 6. Soloist is possible. Amplification and electronics are possible.


Electric ensemble: Ensemble Klang
Instrumentation to be selected from: 2 saxophones (all types), 1 trombone (tenor/alto), 1 piano (or keyboard), 1 percussion and 1 electric guitar (or electric bass guitar). Amplification and electronics are possible.
About Ensemble Klang: Its unique yet versatile instrumentation – saxophones, trombone, keyboards, percussion, guitar, electronics – generates the energetic drive and passion of a band.

Small vocal ensemble: Silbersee
From 1 to a maximum of 6 voices, to be selected from: soprano, mezzo, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass. Amplification and electronics are optional. Composers should be aware that there are no practical possibilities for staging: all selected works will be performed in concert form.
About Silbersee: Silbersee specializes in contemporary vocal music and innovative music theatre.

Harp solo (+electronics): Miriam Overlach
Instrumentation: harp solo. Electronics possible, also as a duo for harp and electronics. Theatrical elements appreciated.
Miriam Overlach is an unconventional harpist rooted in the classical tradition but specialized in contemporary music and the development of the newest musical ideas. She loves to work together with composers. Check and for more information.

Piano+electronics: Saskia Lankhoorn
Instrumentation: piano solo. Electronics possible.
Saskia Lankhoorn challenges young composers to write for the piano in two sonic ways.

Either an acoustic chamber work that deals with the possibilities of the instrument as it was designed for classical chamber music using keys and the natural sounds of the strings. Or by using extended techniques, electronics and/or pre-recorded piano material, exploring a larger sound world, making the piano sound larger than live, reflecting this time and reflecting on our perception of time.
Check for more information


Music installations or works for any other instrumentation, up to a maximum of 12 instrumentalists. Also solo works are possible. The use of video and / or (live-) electronics is encouraged

 Lynsey de Paul Prize
Summary:Songwriting Grant
Deadline: 01 August 2017
Date Posted: 05 July 2017
Details: The Lynsey de Paul Prize is an opportunity for emerging female singer-songwriters, set up in collaboration with the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, in memory of Lynsey de Paul, who sadly passed away in 2014.

Lynsey was an award-winning songwriter, producer and presenter who helped pave the way for other women writers in music. Lynsey was the first female songwriter to win an Ivor Novello Award, composed 12 top twenty hit records, and achieved success in a business dominated by male songwriters. As a writer and musician, PRS director, and trustee of the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, Lynsey was aware of the challenges women face in the music industry.

In line with Lynsey’s commitment to supporting women songwriters and musicians, £2000 plus mentoring will be available for the Prize winner, and £500 each for two runners up, to help them take the next step in their careers.

The same awareness of the need to support women music creators drove PRS Foundation to introduce their Women Make Music fund in 2011. The desire to draw attention to the gender gap between men and women music creators has allowed PRS Foundation to support almost 100 projects by female musicians through Women Make Music.


This prize is open to applications from emerging women songwriters, based in the UK, who show great musical ability and promise.

Applicants must have some experience of writing/producing music for an audience, e.g. have published tracks on soundcloud, played live, etc.

They must present a clear case as to what they would do with the grant and how it would benefit their development

Applicants should not have management, label representation, publishing or other business relationships in place at the time of application. We recommend our Open Funding Programme, Women Make Music, and Momentum Fund for artists with teams in place.

This programme is not open to those who have previously received PRS for Music Foundation funding.

The next deadline is 1 August 2017.

 Francis Chagrin Awards
Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: 14 August 2017
Date Posted: 20 March 2017
Details: Want that helping hand in creating your new work?

The Francis Chagrin Award is for composers looking for that quick top-up to get them to the next step in creating new work. An easy application process could lead to getting awarded on average £100 for costs associated with composing. Apply now before the next deadline at Noon Monday 14th August 2017.

"Sound and Music is committed to supporting the extraordinary range of practices that make up new music in the UK, and this new award aims to provide regular support towards the costs associated with the making of work. Whatever style you are working in, whatever background you are from, if you are struggling with the costs of composing a new work, I would urge you to consider an application.” Richard Whitelaw, Sound and Music’s Head of Programmes

Find out more about previous recipients of the Francis Chagrin Awards here.

How to apply

You may apply for The Award at any time of year, completing a simple application form. There are three dates where applications are assessed across the financial year (April - March) in August, November and February.


Noon Monday 14th August 2017 for costs between 1st April 2017 – 31st March 2018

Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: 02 October 2017
Date Posted: 04 January 2017
Details: The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career.

The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.

Music Creators’ projects must fulfill all three of our funding priorities:

1. To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre
We are particularly interested in the quality of the music

2. To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
We are interested in how your project will develop the songwriters and composers involved.

If you are a songwriter/composer you will need to tell us why this particular activity is so crucial to your creative or professional development.

If you are a solo performer or small performance group commissioning others, you will need to explain why your project is so important to the songwriter or performer you are working with.

We are committed to supporting UK based songwriters and composers of all backgrounds.

3. To inspire audiences
You will be asked to outline who you are reaching and how. This includes audiences at a local, regional, national or international level

What is a music creator?

The following are considered by PRS for Music Foundation to be Music Creators:

composers, or
artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning other songwriters or composers
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on Music Creators we consider eligible and ineligible, including advice on restrictions around financial set-up.

The Open Fund supports Music Creators of all genres and backgrounds and at different stages of their career.

Through The Open Fund, we support high quality new music projects and therefore cannot support core organisational costs, salary costs or living costs.

Click here to see the full list of other PRS for Music Foundation opportunities for organisations and music creators.

How much can Music Creators apply for?

The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants of up to £5,000.

Our funding includes support of:

• touring
• music creator residencies
• promotion and marketing
• commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
• exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
• recording
• live performances featuring new UK music

*We define ‘commission’ as a music creator or group engaged by a third party to create a new piece of music.

What can’t be covered by an Open Fund grant for Music Creators?

Through The Open Fund, we support high quality new music projects which have tangible musical outcomes and a clearly defined start and end date.

We cannot support core organisational costs, salary costs or living costs. We can fund administration costs relating to the project at a maximum of 10% of total budget.

See PRS for Music Foundation’s Open Fund Criteria for full details.

When are The Open Fund deadlines?

Deadlines occur three times per calendar year. (See link at bottom for more info).

When applying, keep in mind that we can only support activity happening after the decision date for your deadline – this will mean your activity must be at least 12 weeks after the deadline.

We will close the application forms for up to 12 weeks after each deadline for system upkeep.

We expect your project to take place within 1 year of receiving our grant.


 International Showcase Fund
Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 23 November 2016
Details: The International Showcase Fund offers funding support to artists based in England and Scotland invited to play at international showcasing festivals and conferences. Grants of up to £5,000 help to cover the costs of travel, visas and accommodation.

The International Showcase Fund is a partnership between PRS for Music Foundation, UK Trade & Investment, British Underground, Arts Council England, the Musicians’ Union, PPL and Creative Scotland and in association with PledgeMusic.

As well as offering grant support, partners offer advice, guidance and workshops for some events. Associate partner, PledgeMusic provides bespoke advice to any applicant wanting to include Direct to Fan income as part of their showcase budget, as well as ongoing support for ISF grantees.

What is Music Export?

So, you or your band is well on the way to breaking in the UK. You’ve had some success with your releases, toured the country, and are now eyeing territories beyond our shores to develop your career. In short, you are ready to export your music.

The UK is one of the biggest exporters of new music in the world. Every year our finest emerging talent is invited to key music industry-focused festivals and showcasing events to perform to interested international labels, promoters, agents and publishers.

Although it is crucial for an act to attract and secure deals in territories outside of the UK, these initial forays overseas can be expensive. The International Showcase Fund exists to help cover the costs of these trips, enabling artists to connect with and showcase to their potential next label, promoter or music supervisor.

Which showcase festivals are covered by the fund?

The kinds of events and festivals that are covered by the funding are those that have a mostly music industry audience or delegation. The fund can not support artists to play at festivals for the general public.

Examples of showcase festivals:

SXSW in Austin, USA
Tallinn Music Week, Tallinn, Estonia
JazzAhead, Bremen, Germany
CMJ in New York, USA
Folk Alliance International, Kansas City, USA
Eurosonic, Groningen, The Netherlands
Americana Music Association Festival, Nashville, USA
NXNE, Toronto, Canada
A3C Hip Hop Festival, Atlanta, USA
Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, Iceland
Classical Next, Vienna, Austria
Midem, Cannes, France
Rochester Jazz Festival, New York, USA

There are over 50 eligible events each year. Click here for a fuller list. If you have been invited to play an event and are unsure of its suitability, please email

Am I eligible for support from the International Showcase Fund?

Are you a band/artist based in England or Scotland?
Do you write and perform your own music, that is exceptional?
Have you been invited to play at an international event, with a conference element, that is geared towards music industry professionals rather than the general public?
Have you got a good profile in the UK (i.e. been featured in the national press/had airplay on national radio/and indie release)?
Do you have a list of meetings with music industry executives (i.e. publishers, labels, agencies, etc.) confirmed for when you are at your chosen showcase?
Do you have a strong business case for attending this specific showcase (i.e. are you building upon prior success there, or following up on significant buzz surrounding your band in that particular country)?
If you answer yes to all of the questions below then you are eligible to apply.

If any of the above doesn’t apply to you, you could still be eligible to apply to one of our other funding options.

Eligible Showcases

There are over 50 eligible events each year. Below is a list of eligible events. We highly recommend the Explore International Music Showcasing Toolkit – an invaluable resource for those considering international events.

If you have been invited to play an event and are unsure of its suitability, please email


 Andrew S. Way Music Foundation
Summary:Funding Opportunity
Deadline: None
Date Posted: 31 August 2016
Details: The Andrew S. Way Music Foundation is committed to the composition, education, and performance of new music. The process by which this is achieved has two major components: first the grant selects composers to write new music (for a school or organization), then music educators apply for the opportunity to perform the music with their ensembles in live concert. When the two are matched, the foundation will also help facilitate and encourage communication between the composer, the educator, and the ensemble. Currently accepting all applicants from the Bay Area.

The Andrew S. Way Foundation welcomes composer and school/organization applicants from all walks of life and musical paths, and is dedicated to supporting all types of music.