Adopt a Music Creator

Applications for groups and music creators are closed for the current year. Bookmark this page or follow us on social media for updates on when applications will reopen.

The Adopt a Music Creator project (formerly Adopt a Composer) celebrates the range and breadth of music being made by music makers and creators in all its forms.

The project pairs Making Music members - leisure-time choirs, bands, orchestras and ensembles - with a music creator for up to a year leading up to a premiere, a recording and a possible radio broadcast.

Adopt a Music Creator is a creative journey that lasts up to a year. Music creators have the opportunity to get to know performing groups and write a piece especially for them to premiere, while groups have the chance to contribute to the creation of a new work by some of the UK’s most promising music creators. Each pairing is assigned an experienced mentor to support and guide the music creator and group, and help the creative process run smoothly.

'We have all benefited enormously and learned a huge amount about ourselves and our potential and also about how contemporary music can be presented to new audiences.' - The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra

As well as pairings of one group and one creator, places are available for two groups to apply to work together with a matched music creator.

What do leisure-time groups gain?

  • A new piece of music tailored to the strengths and personality of the group
  • A working relationship with a skilled and committed music creator
  • An exciting new experience and musical development for the group
  • A development day for the musical director of the group to attend
  • The opportunity to be recorded for a possible radio broadcast
  • An understanding of the collaborative process of creating new music and the knowledge and confidence to do it again independently

More info for groups

What do music creators gain?

  • Exciting and unique experience of composing with a leisure-time music group
  • A working relationship with a musical director
  • Benefit from the knowledge and experience of an assigned music creator-mentor
  • Exposure to wider contacts and audiences
  • Two music creator skills days hosted by Sound and Music
  • The opportunity to have your work recorded and broadcast
  • An understanding of the collaborative process of creating new music with leisure-time music groups and the knowledge and confidence to do it again 

More info for music creators


Music creator award

If your group has commissioned new work within the last year, and worked with a great music creator you think deserves recognition, you can nominate them for this award.

The Best music creator for a leisure-time group award celebrates talent and creativity in the leisure-time music sector that can often go unrecognised.

Find out more about how to submit a nomination

Adopt a Music Creator builds on the collaborative relationship between music creator and group that has been at the heart of the Adopt a Composer project. Get a taste of the thinking behind the projects.

Recordings of most of the pieces written for the Adopt a Composer project were broadcast on BBC Radio 3. You can listen to these pieces below and on our Soundcloud page.

Who supports the project?

Adopt a Music Creator is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music. The UK project is funded by the PRS Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust. Adopt a Music Creator 2020/21 also included the CoDI project, funded by Tŷ Cerdd in Wales.

The PRS Foundation is the largest independent funder for new music in the UK. The foundation provides all the financial backing for the Adopt a Composer scheme.

Sound and Music is the national organisation for new music. Its work includes composer and artist development, partnerships with a range of organisations, audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education. 

Tŷ Cerdd – Music Centre Wales – promotes and celebrates the music of Wales. Through its composer development initiative CoDI, Tŷ Cerdd provides an extensive programme of paid opportunities to music creators. It works with a growing network of performing groups, and funds community activity and commissions by Welsh composers with Lottery funds distributed on behalf of the Arts Council of Wales. The organisation also collaborates professional music organisations, with the help its in-house recording studio, record label and publishing imprint.