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Have a question about this programme or a project that’s not in our FAQ’s? Wondering if this programme is right for you? Unsure about how it works?

Please join our Infrequently Asked Questions session on 24th of February at 6pm via Zoom if you have any questions about the programme or application process. You can also visit our FAQ’s page for answers to our more common questions.

Applications for Composer-Curator 2022 are now open, and will close on the 13th March at 11:59pm. You can apply here via our online application form, although we recommend you read our application guidelines first.

What is Composer-Curator?

Composer-Curator supports outstanding projects across the UK that are curated and produced by composers, music-creators and collectives from any background. Whether you are trained in music or self-taught, have many years of experience or consider yourself ‘emerging’ – we want to hear from you!

The type of project you might produce could take any form – from outdoor performances to DIY gigs, orchestral concerts to club nights, gallery installations to live streams, and even panel discussions and workshops. Projects can be presented in any genre including jazz, electronic, grime, folk, non-western music, contemporary classical, in fact just about any form of experimental new sound and music.

We are particularly interested in projects that place audiences and communities at the heart of the work and that engage them in new and exciting ways. For example by exploring different sites, spaces and methods of presentation – whether that be online, live (when possible) or a hybrid of both.

What Composer-Curator offers:

  • A contribution to project costs (up to £4000 depending on project needs)
  • Skills development sessions, workshops and mentoring from leading professionals that will be shaped around your interests
  • Practical support and guidance on fundraising, marketing, budgeting, audience engagement, data collection, reporting and evaluation, venue sourcing and event production led by Sound and Music
  • Focussed regional and expert support including local audience and media insight, networking and contact building from Back to Ours and Sunderland Culture.
  • Expert mentoring sessions provided by Lisa Meyer, Artistic Director at Supersonic Festival.
  • Opportunities to have your work featured on Sound and Music, Back to Ours and Sunderland Culture’s social media channels, e-communications and platforms including the British Music Collection and The Sampler

Selected participants will spend an initial period refining their projects with the support of the Sound and Music team, before moving on to a production phase, culminating in two or more public events.


To be eligible for the Composer-Curator 2021 programme you must:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be based in the UK
  • Not be in full-time, undergraduate education
  • Not have been selected for Composer-Curator previously or currently be on another Sound and Music programme
  • Have a clear and relevant connection to either Hull or Sunderland

You can find out more about current and previous Composer-Curators participants and their projects here.

Want to get in touch?

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Blair, Creative Project Leader, at:

Register for Composer-Curator Infrequently Asked Questions

Apply for Composer-Curator 2022

Meet our 2021 Composer-Curators

Composer-Curator FAQs

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