Funding Opportunity: Francis Chagrin Award

Francis Chagrin Award - Applications now open
Award Temporarily Suspended
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Sound and Music

Want that helping hand in creating your new work?

The Francis Chagrin Award is for composers looking for that quick top-up to get them to the next stage in creating a new work. Our support includes, but is not limited to, copying or costs of preparing scores, new kit or studio time (that is integral to the creation of new work). A simple application process could lead to getting awarded on average £100 for costs associated with composing.

You may apply for the award at any time of year, with applications assessed in February, May and November. Read more about previous recipients of the Francis Chagrin Awards here.

The Francis Chagrin Award

A series of awards to support composers and artists in the creation of a particular new work.The average amount awarded is around £100,occasionally more,and amounts will be decided upon by Sound and Music upon review of applications.

Who can apply?

Composers and artists are eligible to apply who:

- are based in the UK or a British Citizen

- are not studying full time

- have not received the Francis Chagrin Award in the year previous to their application (based on our financial year, which runs April-March)


Examples of costs for which the Award may be used include:

- Materials for score-based work (including, but not limited to, copying and preparing of parts, binding, and postage costs)

- Studio time integral to the creation of a specified new work.

- Purchase of materials integral to the creation of a specified new work

- Technical equipment integral to the creation of a specified new work

- Fees of those involved in the creative process (excluding composers)


. Application Form

. Application Guidelines


"Since 2013, Sound and Music’s Francis Chagrin Award has supported a diverse range of composers and artists, working in an extraordinary variety of practices, to create new work. If you need a financial injection to push your project forward, I would strongly encourage you to consider making an application.”

Will Dutta, Co-Head of Artist Development,Sound and Music


Francis Chagrin was the founder of the Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM). During his career he composed symphonies, songs, chamber music, and over 200 film scores. His music is collected in Sound and Music's British Music Collection.

Next Deadline:

The Francis Chagrin Award is now repurposed as the Covid-19 Composer Awards so that we can better support composers affected by the current crisis. Through this, we hope to ensure more composers can continue their vital creative work. Find out more here.

Previous Recipients

Find out more about the latest recipients of the Francis Chagrin Awards here.


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