Applications for 2020/21 are now closed.

Composer-Curator supports outstanding projects across the UK that are curated and produced by composers and music creators. These are centred on live and digital performances, events, festivals and installations which celebrate any form of experimental new music or sound art.

Sound and Music is particularly interested in projects that place audiences at the heart of the work and engage them in new ways, including through exploring different spaces and methods of presentation.

Composer-Curator is a national programme that supports projects that aim to reach a wide range of diverse audiences, including audiences that do not normally engage with new music.

How does it work?

Participants spend an initial period refining their projects with the support of the Sound and Music team, before moving on to a production phase, culminating in two or more public events.

We are particularly interested in projects located in places where levels of engagement with publicly funded arts and culture, including new music, are currently low.

Imbalances in provision and engagement remain huge across different parts of the UK, and Sound and Music is committed to helping address this. (Useful findings are provided in recent reports from the national surveys, Taking Part and Active Lives).

How do I apply?

Applications for 2020/21 are now closed.

Find out more about current and previous Composer-Curators participants and their projects below:


Presented in partnership with Supersonic, the UK's premier experimental music and arts festival.


Have a question about this programme or projects? Wondering if this programme is right for you? Unsure about how it works?

If you have any questions, please contact:

Heather Blair, Creative Project Leader

Sound and Music gratefully acknowledges support from PRS Foundation as a Talent Development Partner:

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