The national charity for new music

We support anyone who wants to make music and sound to shape the modern world. We enable individuals to challenge expectations and discover their potential, and act as a friendly guide for those who want to listen deeper. Our work sustains more careers, progresses creativity and achieves greater equity across music in the UK. 

We are guided by our Fair Access Principles, a code of best practice which ensures our work is open and inclusive for all.  

Sound and Music is supported by Arts Council England and proud to be a National Youth Music Organisation.

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In the Making

In the Making is our annual trailblazing artist development programme for young people, aged 14-18. It is the only programme of its type in the UK, that supports young music creators and composers.

Learn more about In the Making

In Motion

In Motion is our annual artist development programme for adult composers. In Motion is artist-led, celebrates the curious and intrepid, and supports anyone working with music and sound in the UK.

Find out more about In Motion


Wondering what we mean by composer? Got a question about one of our programmes? How to apply? Or how you can support our work? Take a look over our answers to some of the questions we get asked the most.

Explore our frequently asked questions

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The British Music Collection is an exciting and diverse online space for UK-based composers create profiles representing themselves and their works. Join a constantly expanding archive of the most important names in UK composition, and take advantage of the unique opportunities a profile provides.

Join the British Music Collection


From DIY festivals, to premiers, sound installations and experimental club nights, alongside feature blogs, playlists and mixtapes from the people at the heart of the scene, we bring together the extraordinary events and activity happening across the UK. We support those producing events, and to help them share their work.

See what’s on The Sampler

Music Patron

With Music Patron, you can give composers the freedom to create new music, connect with them, and truly support their art. Our goal is to connect thousands of patrons with the most exciting composers. We want Music Patron to channel unrestricted and significant funding to hundreds of music writers across the UK.

Learn more about Music Patron

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Since 2008 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.

Take a listen to their work and meet the composers