2024 Adopt A Music Creator pairings

We’re thrilled to announce the pairings in our 2024 Adopt a Music Creator project!

The Adopt a Music Creator project is one of our flagship initiatives and pairs an emerging music creator with a leisure-time music group to create a new and inspiring musical work to premiere and perform live for their local communities.

Each creator-group pair will be mentored by a professional music creator during this exciting year-long project.  

This is a fantastic opportunity for creators and groups to gain exposure and experience, and to build a wider network and audience. 

‘It was a surreal, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable experience.’ - Gary Hawkes of the Bury St Edmunds Concert Band, paired with Music Creator Litha Efthymiou 2020/21. 

The 2024 participants

For 2024, a mix of vocal and instrumental groups have been selected and they are: 

‘Feedback from the audience was really positive…they all bought into the ethos of the project, I think, and appreciated the work that had gone into it.’ - Merchant Sinfonia members, Adopt a Music Creator 2017/18. 

Adopt mentors, PRS representatives, groups and music creators at the Adopt a Music Creator 2024 launch.

About the Adopt a Music Creator project 

The Adopt a Music Creator project (originally called Adopt a Composer) began in 2000 and has inspired over 120 diverse musical works. The project aims to help emerging music creators and leisure-time music groups develop artistically, provide them with opportunities, and expose audiences to new music. It celebrates music of all genres and showcases the creative vitality of the UK’s leisure-time music scene.  

Elizabeth Sills, Grants & Programmes Manager at PRS Foundation said: 

'We're delighted to be continuing our support for Adopt a Music Creator. It's a wonderful opportunity for talented music creators to work closely with music groups and ensembles to write exciting and interesting new music. We're looking forward to seeing the outcome of this year's pairings and the music they create.'

Barbara Eifler, Chief Executive of Making Music, said:  

‘This project is the Blind Date of the music creation world and I love how music groups and music creators every year are willing to engage in the process of trying something new. They will definitely be out of their comfort zones, but this project is incredibly rewarding, and has an important function in supporting new music development. Good luck to the 2024 pairings as they set off on their journey!’ 

Learn more about our partner organisations via their websites – PRS Foundation and Creative Scotland