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British Composer Awards

The Making Music category of the annual British Composer Awards is presented to a composer of a new work for a voluntary, amateur or youth music group.

Last modified on: 06/06/2014

Nominations are now open for the 2014 awards.

British Composer Awards

The British Composer Awards were set up by BASCA, the British Association for Songwriters, Composers and Authors, to celebrate those composing in the fields of contemporary classical music and jazz.

Making Music Award

The awards include a special Making Music Award for works composed for voluntary, amateur or youth choirs or instrumental ensembles. Nominating for this category is your chance to ensure a composer you’ve worked with successfully, who has created a fantastic new piece of music for you, is honoured for their contribution to amateur music.

To nominate for the Making Music Award, download the guidance and the form below.

Works eligible for nomination must have premiered in the UK between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014 and do not have to have been published.

The deadline for nominations is Friday 18 July.

Raising your profile

The awards are sponsored by PRS for Music and presented in association with BBC Radio 3, which provides exclusive coverage leading up to the ceremony, and a special show featuring winning recordings after the awards. The winners are also announced in specialist music magazines.

Championing new music and composers

According to our recent Treasurers’ Survey, our members commission an average of 400 new pieces a year, so here’s an opportunity to ensure an excellent composer who is committed and sensitive to the needs of the amateur music sector, is recognised by their peers and the general public.


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