New fund to promote 25 years of UK classical music

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Resonate, a new initiative from PRS for Music Foundation, will encourage professional orchestras to programme the best of British classical music from the past 25 years.

Grants of £10,000 are available for up to 12 orchestras per year who want to rehearse, programme, tour or promote a piece of music from the Resonate database.

The scheme, which is being run in partnership with Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and BBC Radio 3, aims to inspire more performances, recordings and broadcasts of outstanding UK repertoire.

The long term goal of Resonate is to establish a recognised body of works and increase audiences’ familiarity with the music of the UK’s most talented composers.

The associated database, which includes scores of works commissioned by UK orchestras in recent years, can be accessed at

Vanessa Reed, executive director of PRS for Music Foundation, said: ‘Whilst we all enjoy the excitement of hearing a brand new piece, it’s clear that audiences will never have the chance to get to know music unless more of it is toured and imaginatively programmed way beyond its first performance.

‘That’s why we’re launching Resonate and focussing, in this three year pilot, on the huge number of brilliant pieces for orchestra that deserve more exposure. I look forward to following the programming of new pieces selected for this new initiative and to working with ABO and BBC Radio 3 to amplify its impact amongst potential participants and audiences across the UK.’

Mark Pemberton, ABO director, said: ‘The ABO is delighted to be working in partnership with the PRS for Music Foundation on its Resonate programme.

‘For many years we have been aware of the challenge for our members of programming repeat performance of new works, and the financial help available from this funding scheme will undoubtedly make a difference, creating more opportunities for British composers to establish a foothold in contemporary repertoire.’

Resonate receives additional support from The Foyle Foundation and the Boltini Trust.