Latest Composers Fund grantees announced

Emily Howard, Raymond Yiu, Charlotte Bray (pictured) and Julian Anderson are among the diverse group of composers to receive support via PRS Foundation’s Composers Fund.

They are joined by a further six UK-based talents; Philip Cashian, Mark Bowden, Sadie Harrison, Arlene Sierra, Naomi Pinnock and Roberto David Rusconi.

Each will receive financial backing from PRS Foundation to develop their work in the UK and overseas.

Funding will go towards a diverse set of needs, from childcare costs to record release and performance costs.

The Composers’ Fund was created following PRS Foundation’s research in 2014 exploring the challenges composers meet when striving to steer the next stages of their careers.

The research highlighted that composers faced limited access to funding, low commission fees, lack of any support structure, pressurised working conditions and for established and mid-career composers in particular, a decrease in commissioning opportunities.

The fund was launched in April 2016 with additional support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

The fund offers £150,000 annually to support composers and enable them to realise projects and ambitions that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.

The next deadline for applications will be autumn 2017. Learn more about the fund.