for new music
Our vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators.
At Sound and Music we support a diverse range of talented composers to develop their work; we help audiences to discover and experience new music; and we enable children and young people to explore their musical creativity.
We strive for a world in which more people of all ages and from all backgrounds have more opportunities to access, create and enjoy new music.
For over ten years we have supported some of the most exciting, visionary, and experimental composers in the UK; working across and pushing the boundaries of modern composition, electronica, jazz, folk, improvisation, traditional musics and much more.
We support a diverse range of UK based composers to explore their artistic practice; to create new work and develop their careers and their audiences, through expert support, coaching, mentoring, awards, guidance and artistic bursaries.
We use the term ‘composer’ to describe any individual who creates new work using sound or music, whether they perform it themselves or write for others — and whether they work with software, with notes on paper, through improvisation, or in other ways.
Our an 18-month artist development programme, New Voices supports composers at pivotal stages of their careers to explore new ideas, new sounds and new music, including coaching, mentoring and financial grant.
In April, we repurposed our existing Francis Chagrin Award responding to the needs of the composer community during this unprecedented emergency.
Our Fair Access Principles are designed to act as a code of best practice for running successful, open and inclusive artist development programmes, competitions and awards for composers.
We build and engage audiences for new sound and music, through diverse stories, artist-led touring, digital content, events, data-driven campaigning and partnerships across the UK.
Through an innovative and open approach, we aim to challenge perceptions, remove barriers and enable more audiences to explore, access, enjoy and create new music.
Welcome to the Sound and Music Podcast: a place where extraordinary and eclectic new music and ideas are brought to life by the people who make it. Each episode features three very different composers, exploring new ways of listening to music.
After a nationwide call, we commissioned twelve artists to create new works responding sonically to COVID-19. They explored themes of isolation, distancing and health, during these unprecedented times.
The Sampler brings together the extraordinary new music activity happening across the UK, now featuring livestreams, online events, workshops, live broadcasts, podcasts, editorial and blogposts, all in one digital space.
Our aim is to empower children and young people to compose their own music and explore their musical creativity through unique opportunities and bespoke resources.
We also advise and support those who teach composing, and advocate for composing to be a core element of every child’s music education.
Creating research, resources and training opportunities, our Listen Imagine Compose partnership provides support for teachers wanting to develop and enrich their approaches to teaching composing at KS3, 4 and 5.
The first report of its kind in the UK, Can Compose outlines the essential findings of our National Music Educators’ Survey, revealing significant barriers faced by young people looking to compose and create their own music.
The COVID-19 lockdown presents an unprecedented challenge for educators. To support teachers and homeschooling parents in this time, we’ve collated a selection of useful resources.
We provide opportunities for young people of all ages to compose and create their own music, learn from industry professionals and discover new music.
We offer our own opportunities for young creatives to develop their compositional skills and voices; work with others to create a network of opportunities nationally, and signpost external opportunities.
Our a national programme supporting young people to compose their own music, Go Compose! offers opportunities to work alongside professional composers, musicians, partner organisations, music education hubs, university music departments and professional ensembles.
A 7 day residential that gives you the opportunity to explore your musical creativity. Whether you’re into songwriting or jazz, film music or classical, this is your chance to take things to the next level and develop your creative voice.