The PRS Foundation has announced the recipients of its latest round of Composers’ Fund grants.

The Fund awards £150,000 annually to support composers and enable them to realise projects and ambitions that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.

The ten composers to receive support in this round of funding are:

  • Arlene Sierra – To help complete a new recording project with Bridge Records, comprising chamber works for duos and trios spanning 16 years.
  • Charlotte Bray – To record and release a second CD, a disc of chamber works spanning 12 years. Part of the grant will be used to finance a launch concert for the new recording.
  • Emily Howard – Funding to complete her first full-scale chamber opera To See The Invisible, an adaption of a short sci-fi story by Robert Silverberg, which will receive its world premiere at Aldeburgh Festival 2018.
  • Julian Anderson – High quality broadcast and archive recordings have been made of his works Heaven is Shy of Earth and The Comedy of Change, by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta respectively; funding will allow the recordings to be licensed for a full release on CD, download and streaming so that they can be heard by the widest possible audience.
  • Mark Bowden – Childcare cover to allow him to create several new mid- to large-scale pieces over the next two years. Forthcoming projects include a new multi-movement work for clarinet and piano; a concerto for saxophone and large ensemble; and a full-scale opera.
  • Naomi Pinnock – To research and compose her first significant orchestral piece to be premiered at the Tectonics Festival 2018 in Glasgow.
  • Philip Cashian – To write a substantial work for a large, conducted mixed ensemble.
  • Raymond Yiu – To fund full licensing of the recordings made by the BBC of selected orchestral works. These chosen pieces have already helped the composer gain wider recognition in the UK and internationally; licensing these recordings will allow the works to be made available to a wider audience.
  • Roberto David Rusconi – Funding to support part of the commission fee in the creation of work KIRKE, a 60-minute music, dance, and theatre work.
  • Sadie Harrison – Time off from teaching to write substantial commissions as the first composer-in-residence at the Keunstler ‘Bei Wu’ Sculpture Park, Berlin.

Launched in 2016, the Composers’ Fund is aimed at classical composers with strong track records, giving them direct access to funding at pivotal points in their career. It invites established composers to make the case for the kind of support that would enable them to make a significant step change in their career.

The initiative aims to support the creative and professional development of composers with a clear track record of success; to contribute to their long term recognition, in the UK and overseas; and to establish an effective funding model shaped by contact with composers who are empowered to take more control of their career development in the short and long term.

Previous recipients of grants include Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Philip Venables, Shiva Feshareki and Luke Styles.