The COVID-19 Composer Awards have been created by Sound and Music to support UK-based composers and music creators who have lost work due to the COVID-19 crisis to undertake creative or professional development.
In April 2020, Sound and Music temporarily repurposed its existing Francis Chagrin Award in order to respond to the needs of the composer community during the unprecedented pandemic emergency to create the COVID-19 Composer Awards.
Can you support the COVID-19 Composer Awards?
How does it work?
The awards are not a hardship fund. They seek to award 10 small-scale grants of £500 to composers and music creators looking to purchasing essential equipment or develop skills during this time of quarantine and tiered restrictions, particularly with a view to supporting composers and music creators longer-term ability to sustain themselves.
Examples of costs for which the Award may be used:
- an online course
- a programme of coaching or mentoring sessions
- acquiring and learning a new software package
- acquiring technical equipment integral to the creation of a specified new work or livestreaming opportunity (e.g. LED lighting panels or camera)
- a self-directed learning project (e.g. learning performance skills)
- undertaking a recording of existing work
We are looking for applicants who have a clear idea of the activity they would like to undertake and who will be able to pay for both the activity and their own time with the award.
What is the selection process?
Decisions will be made and awards will be granted by members of the Sound and Music team and in line with our Fair Access Principles.
The same criteria will be used to review all applications:
- the impact this support will have on your future career
- value for money (to maximise the impact of these awards)
- diversity of recipients, a breadth of types of work and geographical locations will also be taken into consideration
When will I hear back?
We will let people know by mid-December. Precise timing will depend on the number of applications we receive and we will inform all applicants if we anticipate a much later date due to an unusually high number of applications.
Due to the expected high numbers of applicants and the exceptional nature of this fund, we unfortunately will not be able to offer personalised feedback on your application. If you are not successful we will send you information on how many people applied, plus any general advice if you plan to submit another application in the future.
Deadline: This deadline has now passed.
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Who can apply?
Composers, music creators and artists working in sound are eligible to apply who:
• are based in the UK (for at least 2 years) or a British Citizen
• are not studying full or part-time
• are not currently participating in a Sound and Music programme (or a previous recipient of the COVID-19 Composer Award in 2020)
How do I apply?
Applications are now open, please submit an application. Applications must be received by 7th of December 2020, 12pm.
The application process is simple and should take less than 30 minutes.
In the application form you will be asked:
- to upload a short biography (< 100 words)
- whether you need financial support for access-related costs in addition to the standard £500 award, and details of this
- to upload a statement (in Word or PDF format – no more than ½ a side of A4) OR a video or audio application of no more than 2 minutes in which you:
- briefly describe the activity you want to undertake
- briefly describe why it is important to you right now; what difference will it make to you as an artist in terms of being better equipped to support yourself in the future?
- provide a full breakdown of costs that make up the full grant of £500
- to complete our Equal Opportunities monitoring form
This annual award is given to a UK-based composer for an outstanding new work created through one of our artist development programmes.