Our audience engagement programme works to build and grow audiences for new sound and music, through highlighting diverse stories, digital content, artist-led touring, data-driven campaigning, online events via our digital venues, and partnerships across the UK.

Through an innovative and open approach, we aim to challenge perceptions, remove barriers and enable more audiences to explore, access, enjoy and create new music.

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Applications for Composer-Curator 2021 are now closed.

Since 2015 we’ve been supporting outstanding projects across the UK that are curated and produced by composers and music creators. These projects are centred on live and digital performances, which celebrate new forms of experimental new music or sound art, and that engage audiences in new and innovative ways.

Find out more about the Composer-Curator programme 

British Music Collection

Every day new composers join our growing digital archive, and share their unique creations that reflect new music today.

We work with a diverse range of guest curators and writers, contributors and collaborators, to open the collection up to the community and to showcase the composers and stories behind new sound and music.

Discover the British Music Collection

The Sampler

Bringing together the extraordinary new sound and music events and activity happening across the UK. From DIY nights, to workshops, sound installations and experimental club nights, alongside feature blogs, playlists and insights from composers and people at the heart of the scene.

The Sampler’s purpose is simple: to support those producing these events, and to help them share their work with new audiences.

See what’s on The Sampler

Get ready to dive in and enjoy unique access to some of the most exciting stories and sounds in new music.

Featuring composers Anthony R. Green, Amble Skuse, Nathan Riki Thomson, Jem Finer, Elaine Mitchener, Chaya Czernowin, Richard Rijnvos, Cassandra Miller, Supriya Nagarajan, Gerald Barry, Matthew Shlomowitz, and Joanna Ward.

Find out more and listen to our episodes

This year as part of our first ever digital Summer School, we hosted a week of lunchtime masterclass sessions which explored new ways of making music. 

Featuring; AI computer music expert Lizzie Wilson, artist and director Mella Faye, electronic composer Caro C, interdisciplinary pianist David Austin Grey, hip-hop producer Sami Baha and jazz saxophonist & bandleader Shabaka Hutchings.

Watch our Composer Masterclasses

Heritage Quay Archive

Alongside the digital British Music Collection a large number of physical items can be found at Heritage Quay in the University of Huddersfield.

The physical collection contains over 60,000 scores and recordings of 20th and 21st century British music – alongside hundreds of composer information files – most of which originate from the British Music Information Centre.

Find out more about the history of the Heritage Quay archive

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For over ten years we have supported some of the most exciting, visionary, and experimental composers in the UK; working across and pushing the boundaries of modern composition, electronica, jazz, folk, improvisation, traditional musics and much more.

We work with a range of composers across all our programmes. Here, you can view a list of everyone we are currently working with, explore their projects and listen to their creations.

Meet the composers and take a listen to their work