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. These small-scale grants of £500 were awarded to composers and music creators looking to purchase essential equipment or develop skills during these times of quarantines and tiered restrictions, with a view to supporting composers and music creators longer-term ability to sustain themselves.
In February 2022 the Covid-19 Composer Awards reopened for a fifth round of applications – specifically for composers and music creators from lower socio-economic backgrounds to undertake creative or professional development.
The 19 winners of these awards have been announced today. Click their names below to visit their composer profiles and learn more about them.
Thank you so much to Arts Council England and Old Possum’s Practical Trust for making Round 5 of the Covid-19 Composer Awards possible.
Featured Image: Caroline Kraabel by Graham Turner