Francis Chagrin Awards Round 2 now open!

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In April 2020, as a response to the Covid-19 crisis, we repurposed the Francis Chagrin Awards and turned it into the Covid-19 Composer Awards, as a means of supporting composers with the immediate challenges arising from the pandemic.

After relaunching the Francis Chagrin Awards last month with a successful first round, we’re now open for applications to Round 2 of the Awards, with an eligibility focus on disabled composers and music creators. By disabled, we mean anyone who is D/deaf, disabled or neurodivergent—anyone who faces disabling barriers.

We will be awarding up to 12 small-scale grants of £500 to composers and music creators in the UK. These can be used to purchase essential equipment, develop skills, or gain vital artistic and practical insight and experience in working with professional musicians, ensembles or other artistic collaborators, with a view to supporting individuals’ longer-term ability to sustain themselves and their careers.  

These awards are not designed as a hardship fund or to supplement projects which have confirmed grant support already. 

A third round will open in February. 

For more information, including on how to apply, click here

Deadline: 23:59, 6th December 2022

The Francis Chagrin Awards are made possible with the generous support of individuals like you. There are many ways to get involved and every donation really does make a difference.

If you want to help champion new music and the people who make it, please consider supporting our work.  Visit our support page or contact Chris Lillywhite, Fundraising Co-ordinator, directly at We’d love to hear from you!

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