New Voices is our artist development programme that supports composers at pivotal stages of their careers to explore new ideas, new sounds and new music. As an artist-first programme, each project is unique from composer to composer and year to year and that excites us. We want to work with people who are passionate, determined and ready to explore their own artistic and personal development as a composer or creator of new sound and music.

We support composers over 18 months with coaching, mentoring and a financial grant to create a new piece of work and share it with the world. New Voices is a unique opportunity for composers to take essential time to explore and develop their work.

How does it work?

This programme is open to composers and music-makers of all backgrounds and genres.

Successful applicants are enrolled on an 18-month programme and receive an artist grant, a production grant, and access to coaching, mentoring, and 1:1 support with an allocated Creative Project Leader. All shortlisted applicants will be eligible for our Seed Award.

You will spend 6 months in the Discovery Phase — exploring ideas and developing your work. This is followed by 12 months of the Activity Phase, where we support you to realise and deliver the project you have envisioned.

You can read details about the programme on our application page.

"New Voices has been a complete game-changer for me. When I applied I knew that I was 100% committed to developing my career but I didn’t know how to and was extremely frustrated. New Voices has provided me with the expertise and support I’ve needed in order to build a fantastic creative team for Scintilla, step by step."

How do I apply?

*** Registration for New Voices 2021 will open on May 21st 2021 ***

For more information, read our application page.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Not be in full or part-time education (unless in an unrelated subject)
  • Based in the UK for the last two years
  • Plan to remain resident in the UK for the 18-month duration of the programme
  • Not have been on our New Voices, Embedded, Pathways or Portfolio programmes previously
  • Provide two recordings of your works


Meet the composers

New Voices logo

Alice Boyd, Georgia Denham, Tamsin Elliott, Cassandra Gurling, Elijah Maja, Frazer Merrick, Shirley Tetteh and Melanie Wilson.

Meet the New Voices 2020

Collage of New Voices 2019 composers

Lisa Busby, Mella Faye, Jamie Hamilton, Sharon Gal, Emily Levy, Marv Radio, Max Syedtollan and Otto Willberg.

Meet the New Voices 2019

New Voices 2018 collage

Vicki Bennett, Stuart Brown, Bex Burch, David Austin Grey, Alex Ho, Edmund Hunt, Johnny Hunter, Andy Ingamells, Liz Dilnot Johnson, Marcus Joseph, Eunseog Lee, Daniel McBride, Eska Mtungwazi, Supriya Nagarajan and Gugak Sounds.

Meet the New Voices 2018

Featured composer

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Shamima Ruddock, a Francis Chagrin Award winner

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Read more and apply to the COVID-19 Composer Awards