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Boost for new music as sound secures three year funding from Help Musicians UK

John de Simone, current Composer-in-Residence at sound

sound is delighted to have been awarded three year funding from Help Musicians UK, announced today 27 February 2017.

sound is one of only 20 organisations from across the UK (one of only two in Scotland) to secure funding from the programme. Over the next three years the organisation will receive around £38,000 from Help Musicians UK’s National Grants Programme, a new initiative introduced to develop talent. The grant will support the soundcreators initiative.

soundcreators’ aim is to nurture musicians and composers working in the contemporary music sphere. It will allow composers to develop their talent through supported commissions, mentoring, skills development and workshops, and give musicians the opportunity to develop contemporary music performance skills at an early stage in their careers. Keep an eye on the website for details of forthcoming opportunties!

Among the projects that will be supported by the grant is sound’s Composer-in-Residence initiative. John de Simone was appointed as the first Composer-in-Residence last year and soundfestival 2017 will feature some of the outcomes of his first year working with sound.

Each recipient has been selected for their exceptional work with musicians and music makers across the country—from music education and artistic development projects to centres and festivals, these organisations are shaping and nurturing talent in their communities across a range of genres, age groups and career stages.

In its first year, The National Grants Programme received over 100 high-quality applications from organisations across the whole of the UK.

“We are delighted that sound’s commitment to new music has been recognised in this award, especially given the number and calibre of the applications to the open grants initiative,” says sound Director, Fiona Robertson. “Our soundcreators initiative will help composers to develop their talent through supported commissions, mentoring, skills development and workshops. Equally it will give musicians the opportunity to develop contemporary music performance skills at an early stage in their careers.”

Keep an eye on sound's website for details of forthcoming opportunities!

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