The Adopt a Composer scheme pairs member groups with composers for one year, with each pair working collaboratively to create a unique new work.
What is Adopt a Composer?
Adopt a Composer pairs amateur choirs, orchestras, and ensembles with a composer for one year. The composer has the opportunity to get to know a performing group and write a piece especially for them to premiere. The group has the chance to contribute to the creation of a new work by some of the UK’s most promising composers. Pieces that are composed are usually around ten minutes long (as a very rough approximation) and are usually written to work around your existing repertoire and schedule.
Adopt a Composer is funded by PRS for Music Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Trust and run by Making Music, in association with Sound and Music and BBC Radio 3.
What are the benefits for groups taking part?
A new piece of repertoire tailored to the strengths and personality of the group
A working relationship with a skilled and committed composer
The opportunity to be recorded by BBC Radio 3, for possible broadcast on national radio
An understanding of the collaborative process of creating new music and the knowledge to undertake this again independently
A Group Development Day in January for the MD and another member of the group to attend
A new and exciting experience, in which 90+ Making Music groups have now participated
How does it work?
Following the application process, your group will be paired with an up-and-coming composer for the year during which the composer (mentored by an experienced professional) will write a new piece specifically tailored to your group.
The composer costs, fees for the mentoring composer, and all expenses related to the placement of the composer will be paid by the PRS for Music Foundation. The only costs to participating member groups will be the allocation of sufficient rehearsal and performance time.
The composer retains all rights to the score.
How to apply
To apply to take part, complete and submit the online form at
The deadline for group applications is 5pm Thursday 8 June 2017 (applications for composers wishing to take part will open in May 2017).
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.makingmusic.org.uk/resource/adopt-composer-scheme
The deadline is Thursday 08 June 2017 at 17:00.