Grants are available to charitable UK-based commissioning bodies for the commissioning of new music by talented composers who are either based in the UK or a UK composer based abroad.
A limited number of commission fees will be supported, with individual awards not likely to be more than £5,000.
An applicant may apply for no more than two commissions in any one round. A separate form should be used for each work.
The Britten-Pears Foundation offers grants to composers based in the UK or UK composers based abroad for the commissioning of new music.
Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears both gave much support to fellow composers during their lifetimes and the aim of this scheme is to continue this support. Funding is available for the commissioning of high quality new music from talented composers. Preference will be shown towards applications for work which has more than one planned performance.
Funding will not be available for the following:
- Copying fees.
- Rehearsal fees.
- Commissions by composers involved in the administration of the commissioning body.
- Retrospective costs.
The Grants Panel will not support a commission of the same composer in consecutive rounds.
Applications should be made by UK-based commissioning bodies such as festivals, concert halls or professional performers, including solo instrumentalists, symphony orchestras and chorus groups.
Registered charities, organisations with charitable objectives and individuals with charitable aims are eligible to apply.
The Grants Panel will be looking to support composers who have demonstrated a real gift for their craft or a recognised potential and for a partnership of composer and performer(s) that impresses them as a significant project. Grants will only be made for commissions from composers based in the UK or UK composers based abroad.
Match funding is not a requirement for a grant.
The Grants Panel is prepared to consider partnership funding, though it will wish to be a major contributor in all cases.
Funding is available for the commissioning of high quality substantial new music from talented composers.
Preference will be shown towards applications for work which has more than one planned performance.
Applications are not currently being accepted for New Music Commissions. A full review of the Foundation's grant-giving will take place in 2017 and further information will be reported when available.
Application forms are available to download from the Britten-Pears Foundation website.
Applicants are asked not to include graphics or sound files with the application. A text only link to the organisation's website may be included.