Applications now open

Deadline: 5pm - Wednesday 6 October 2021

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 music creator and ensemble collaborate on the creation of a new piece leading to a performance, recording and possible radio broadcast. Music creators 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:

How do I apply?

Apply for Adopt a Music Creator 2022 here


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Not be in full or part-time education
  • Are based in the UK for the duration of the project
  • Have less than five years of non-continuous professional practice in the leisure-time sector.
  • The full eligibility criteria are outlined on the application form (opening September 1st 2021).

We are looking for music creators who:

  • can demonstrate an understanding of collaborative approaches to composition.
  • are able to demonstrate an understanding and some practical experience of working with a leisure-time group as music creator, performer or conductor.
  • have original and ambitious ideas.
  • identify why they want to take part now and how they would benefit from the scheme.


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


Have a question about this programme? Wondering if this programme is right for you?

Please get in touch:

PRF Foundation

See also

Sharon Gal performing, a New Voices 2019 composer

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Find out more about New Voices and how to apply

Collage of composer-curator projects

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Find out more about Composer-Curator and how to apply

Shamima Ruddock, a Francis Chagrin Award winner

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Read more and apply to the COVID-19 Composer Awards