Adopt a Music Creator is a scheme created in partnership with Making Music which matches leisure time ensembles, choirs, bands and orchestras with a composer for a year.

The composer and ensemble collaborate on the creation of a new piece leading to a performance, recording and possible radio broadcast. Composers are supported by professional mentors throughout the year, take part in several skill sharing days and their music is added to Making Music’s library of repertoire.

Adopt a Music Creator is supported by the PRS Foundation.

This programme was formerly known as Adopt a Composer.

How does it work?

Adopt a Music Creator is a creative journey that lasts up to a year.

You will have the chance to work with a musical director, learn from an experienced music creator-mentor, have access to wider contacts and audiences, attend music creator skills days hosted by Sound and Music, and have your work recorded (with the possibility of radio broadcast). The collaborative nature of the project means that you will build a partnership with your leisure-time music group or groups, and not only will you get to create a great new piece of music with them, but you will go away with greater experience and confidence to work with leisure-time music groups more often in the future.

Successful applicants are mentored by experienced music creators, with costs and expenses covered by the PRS Foundation, and retain all the rights to the scores and music that they produce.

Mentors are:

Emily Crossland 
Jenni Pinnock
Colin Riley
Ailie Robertson
Fraser Trainer

How do I apply?

*** Applications for 2020/21 are now closed ***

For more information and to apply when applications are open, please read the application page on the Making Music website.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Based in the UK
  • Not in full-time education
  • Can commit to the project for a year
  • Have less than five years (not necessarily continuous) of professional practice in the leisure-time music sector.
  • Some experience of leisure-time music groups and collaborative music creation

The full eligibility criteria are outlined on the application form (now closed).

Meet the 2019/20 composers and ensembles

Meet the 2020/21 composers and ensembles


Recordings of most of the pieces written for the Adopt a Music Creator were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. You can listen to these pieces below and on the Making Music Soundcloud page.

"It has been a real journey of discoveries where I have learnt new and fundamental things which will support me throughout my career."
Adriano Adewale
paired with Horsham Symphony Orchestra

Featured composer

Thank you to our funders

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