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New Music Biennal offers funding and support for music commissions

  • Date: 8 January 2013
  • Area: National

Organisations across the country can apply for funding and support for new music commissions for UK-based composers, to be performed across the country in the first ever New Music Biennial.

Beginning in January 2014, the first edition of the biennial has been developed by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with Arts Council England, the British Council and Creative Scotland.

It will support and promote up to 20 new commissions from any genre which will be performed across the length and breadth of the UK as Scotland prepares to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. These commissions will be brought together across two weekend events hosted by London's Southbank Centre (4-6 July) and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music (2-4 August) in the summer of 2014, coinciding with Glasgow's hosting of the Commonwealth Games.

To connect the programme with the Commonwealth and beyond, applicants are invited to present their own unique interpretation of an international theme - whether a conceptual realisation or collaboration with partners overseas. The deadline for applications is 4 March 2013.

Proposals are welcomed from cultural and creative organisations, festivals, ensembles, promoters and venues from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. A panel of experts, chaired by Roger Wright, Controller BBC Radio 3 and Director, BBC Proms, will select the 20 works which will premiere in 2014 and be featured on BBC Radio 3.

The New Music Biennial builds on the success of New Music 20x12, a music commissioning programme that saw more than 250,000 people experience new work through events - including a Cultural Olympiad performance at London's Southbank Centre - films on The Space free digital arts service and broadcasts on Radio 3.   

More information about the New Music Biennial open call can be found on the PRS for Music Foundation website.