Development opportunity for Scotland-based composers

Grace Bailey

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sound is a new music incubator based in North East Scotland, initially set up to give local audiences access to new music. It is now renowned in and beyond Scotland for producing and promoting high-quality work, for its support to composers of all generations and for attracting new audiences through its varied programming and inclusive nature.

sound’s objectives are to:

Increase access to new music and build audiences

  • Encourage excellence and experimentation
  • Nurture talent

We achieve these through a variety of activities including an annual festival, year-round collaborative events and learning and engagement activities, many in partnership with a range of local, national and sometimes international arts organisations.

This development opportunity for Scotland-based composers is part of our soundcreators programme, which focuses on nurturing creative talent.

soundcreators is funded by PRS for Music Foundation, Creative Scotland, Fenton Arts Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation, William Syson Foundation and Aberdeen City Council.

It is organised in partnership with Red Note, Scotland’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. Since its formation in 2008, Red Note Ensemble has taken up a leadership position as Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, performing and developing both an extensive, highly-varied and critically-acclaimed programme of new music.
Five composers will have the opportunity to develop works of around 5 minutes for trumpet and guitar working alongside Mark O’Keeffe (trumpet) and Sasha Savaloni (guitar) from Red Note with Karen Power as composer mentor. The new works will be performed during the 2023 soundfestival.


The five successful candidates will be talented composers resident in Scotland. They can be at any stage in their career, however they should be able to demonstrate a number of years of compositional experience, and must be able to articulate their development needs and how the opportunity would benefit them.

Please note that we are committed to working with and supporting composers from under-represented groups. Female, trans, gender-diverse and ethnic minority composers as well as composers with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Financial support for the opportunity is limited to related expenses for travel/accommodation. There will also be a stipend of £200 per composer for a delivered piece to be performed at soundfestival.


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