The Seed Award is an award offered to all shortlisted applicants for our New Voices programme.

All applicants to New Voices are shortlisted by both an internal and external panel, and each year 18 composers reach the second stage of the application process which involves an interview. Of the composers interviewed, eight will be selected to join New Voices and ten will be offered the Seed Award.

We reflect on and evaluate the Seed Award annually, and in 2022 we have increased our offer in line with internal and external feedback as we aim to make our work more impactful.

The award is announced annually at the same time as the New Voices composers are announced.

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How does it work?

The Seed Award is a small targeted package of support, including coaching sessions and a small financial contribution to support the research and development of a particular project.

Artists will receive:

  • £250 contribution to support the research and development of a particular project
  • Three coaching sessions with an accredited coach
  • Three strategic thinking sessions with a dedicated team member
  • Invitation to a workshop on fundraising and grants
  • A networking session with other awardees
  • Invitation to Sound and Music's composer Discord server

For more information about coaching, you can read our Coaching and Mentoring Toolkit.

How do I apply?

This award is only open to applicants for New Voices - there is no separate application process.

If you have been shortlisted for the New Voices programme and have been offered an interview, you will automatically be offered a Seed Award.

You can read more about the eligibility and selection criteria for New Voices, as well as the application process, on the New Voices application page.

See also


This is a small grant to support composers and their work through self-learning projects, equipment, mentoring, and other direct costs for a project or artist development.

Read more and apply to the current open call for the Francis Chagrin award

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This annual award is given to a UK-based composer for an outstanding new work created through one of our artist development programmes.

Read more about our George Butterworth Award and meet the recipients

Sharon Gal performing, a New Voices 2019 composer

New Voices is an 18-month programme that supports composers at pivotal stages of their careers to explore new ideas, new sounds and new music, including mentoring and financial grant.

Find out more about New Voices and how to apply