2015 Composers Commissioning Survey now open

Closes Thursday 10 September

This is your chance to tell us about the realities of working as a composer. You can complete the survey in a matter of minutes here: http://www.tfaforms.com/373832.

Last year the statistics and findings of the survey (which was completed by 466 composers from a broad range of experience and genres) made waves in the UK and internationally through highlighting what it revealed about low commission fees and the state of working conditions for professional composers.

One year on, we want to find out from you whether the situation is better or worse. We also want to dig deeper into the time needed to create new work and what composers themselves think is a fair fee, so there are new questions about that.

Giving a voice to this creative sector is one of our core commitments, so we made this survey in order to listen, to gather evidence and once again tell the world about the realities of making a living as a composer.

We hope this will stimulate debate and positive change in the sector, and in the value placed upon this vital creative activity.

Susanna Eastburn, Chief Executive of Sound and Music, said:

“Being invited to create a new work (and being paid for it) is a vital part of life and income as a professional composer. Last year’s findings sent ripples of shock around the world as it revealed just how little most composers are being paid to create music. Without composers, there would be no music, so I very much hope that we see some signs of improvement.

Listening is core to Sound and Music’s vision and is at the heart of everything we do. This survey is an important way that we can listen to what composers tell us about the realities of their working lives so that we can better understand and advocate for them and their work. I urge any composer reading this to take a few minutes to complete the survey, and I thank them for their time.”

Watch this space for the findings which will be analysed and publicised shortly after 10 September.

Help us share the survey with #composerssurvey and have your voice heard.

Complete the survey now

Closes Thursday 10 September


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