The national organisation
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.

Take a listen to their work and meet the composers


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.

See what we have to offer composers

If you’re a young composer aged 11 – 21, visit our Learn section to see what we can offer you

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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.

Apply now to New Voices 2021

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These Awards have been created to support UK-based composers and music creators who have lost work due to the Covid-19 crisis to undertake creative or professional development. 

Find out more about the Covid-19 Composer Awards

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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.

See our Fair Access Principles and meet our partners


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.

Discover new sound and music and its creators

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This year’s programme is in partnership with Back to Ours and Sunderland Culture and aims to support creators who have a meaningful connection to Hull, Sunderland or surrounding regions, to produce new musical projects for their communities.

Meet our 2021 Composer-Curator cohort

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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.

Dive into the Sound and Music Podcast

Climate. Sound. Change.

After a nationwide call, which saw over 140 composers responding creatively to what is unequivocally the most urgent issue of our time, we are thrilled to introduce you to the grant winners. 

Visit the British Music Collection and listen to their works 


We support music educators who work with children and young people, so they can empower them to compose and create their own music. We have a range of professional development opportunities, resources and advice for teachers and music leaders, and also signpost to others' opportunities and resources.

We advocate that composing and creating music should be at the heart of every child’s music education. We work with partners nationally to create a network of support for young composers and those who educate them.

Find out more about our programmes for music educators

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Creating research, resources and training opportunities, the Listen Imagine Compose partnership provides support for teachers wanting to develop and enrich their approaches to teaching composing at KS3, 4 and 5.

Find out more about Listen Imagine Compose

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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.

Read our findings and recommendations

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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.

Explore our COVID-19 resources for teachers and parents


We create opportunities for children and young people aged 11 - 21 to compose and create their own music, learn from industry professionals and discover new music. We want to support young people with the most important thing: creating their own music!

We know that there are very few opportunities for young composers and music creators to develop their compositional skills and voices, so we are working with partners across the country to create a network that can help them find that support.

Explore activities, opportunities, and support for young people

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Following on from the success of our first ever series of Masterclasses in 2020, this year we return for a brand new series of free, virtual New Music Labs  - with a twist! Each of these interactive lab sessions have been created with, and will be delivered by, young people.

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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.

Find out more about our Summer School

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A national partnership network of workshops, programmes and events giving young people more opportunities to make and showcase their own music, and also to learn alongside professional composers, creators, producers and musicians.

Find out more about Go Compose!