The Adopt a Music Creator project matches leisure-time choirs, bands, orchestras and ensembles with a music creator for a year, to work towards creating a unique new work.
Groups are selected by a panel including one mentor, and representatives from Making Music, Sound and Music and PRS Foundation.
"[Our piece] Jumpcut/Longshot is a triumph of modern music. Southampton Concert Wind Band’s association with [composer] Robert has been immersive, instructive and an overall amazing experience. It has added so much to our growth as a band."
How does the project work?
Your group will need to be a member of Making Music in order to apply. There are three different pathways to apply for Adopt a Music Creator, and this also depends on where you're located in the UK.
*The deadlines below are flexible. If you are interested in taking part in the project but are not sure if you are ready to apply yet, we'd like to hear from you so please email us*
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland
1. Create Pathway: As with the Adopt a Composer project, single groups can apply to be paired up with a music creator. Applications close Monday 15 June.
2. Collaborate Pathway: Two groups can apply together and be paired up with a music creator. Any two groups can apply to work together, whether they have the same musical director or two different musical directors. Any combination of groups can apply to collaborate, whether a female choir and a male choir, an adult band and junior band that are normally part of the same overall group, a saxophone orchestra and children’s choir, or anything other combination - as long as you are happy to work together! Applications close Monday 15 June.
England, Northern Ireland
3. Choose Pathway: Single groups can apply to hold a competition to choose their own music creator for the project. You will set up your own competition at the beginning of May to find your music creator (closing your application process on 15 June), and select your music creator by 31 July. Certain restrictions apply and guidance will be given on the competition process throughout. Applications for this pathway close Monday 13 April.
Groups can apply via Ty Cerdd’s CoDI Buddies programme. Ty Cerdd will select one music creator and group pairing that will join the Adopt a Music Creator project for the year. Applications will be opening soon - please visit the Ty Cerdd website to find out more, and how to apply.
Once you've agreed which pathway your group would like to apply for, you can apply online. If you would prefer to fill in a Word version of the application form, please contact Sally Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the application process, if you're successful, your group will work with an up-and-coming music creator for the year during which the music creator (mentored by an experienced professional) will write a new piece specifically tailored to your group or groups.
The process (guide only)
- September: pairings announced at launch event (London)- meet your music creator!
- October - December: your group hosts a workshop introducing the music creator to your members
- January: you and your music creator workshop/rehearse the piece in progress
- January: MD attends our Group Development Day to meet other participating groups and share ideas and learnings
- February - April: rehearsing of the draft piece
- May - December: premiere concert (usually recorded for a possible broadcast on BBC Radio 3)
If your group is thinking about applying for Adopt a Music Creator but isn’t sure yet whether to go ahead, have a look at these answers to some key questions that might help you decide.
Adopt a Music Creator FAQs
If you'd simply like to be paired with a music creator, then apply via Create Pathway. If you want to work with another group AND a music creator, apply via the Collaborate Pathway. And if you want to find your own music creator to work with, apply via the Choose Pathway.
The music creator's costs, fees for the mentor, and expenses related to the placement of the music creator will be paid by the PRS Foundation. Groups will need to pay their travel expenses to the Adopt Music Creator launch, Musical Drector’s Group Day and £100 towards recording their new piece if they would like Making Music to record it.
No, we welcome all types of groups! Community choirs, concert bands, bell ringers, ukulele bands, a reggae orchestra and many more can take part.
Not at all! The process on this webpage is only a guide. Each project is completely different and each music creator-group pairing can decide what works best for them. It’s fine for premieres to be scheduled in the autumn term of 2021.
Most groups rehearse one evening a week, and on the whole, the Adopt a Music Creator project should be able to fit into that structure. You can also organise an extra, longer workshop on a weekend, but each project is very different and you’ll be able to decide with your music creator how best to manage the time you spend on the project.
The Adopt a Music Creator judging panel works very hard to look carefully at the needs of each group and composer and match them up accordingly. If your group applies to do the Choose Pathway, then you'll be able to choose your own music creator by running a competition.
The project’s aim is to encourage groups to move out of their comfort zone and produce a collaborative piece of new music that both they and their adopted music creator can be proud of. To create the best kind of working relationship with your music creator, it’s important that you keep an open mind and open communication with them throughout the journey. We also provide an experienced mentor for you and your music creator, who is there to offer support, guidance and help with the smooth running of the relationship.
Music creators apply separately to the Adopt a Music Creator project. If your group applies for either the Create or Collaborate pathways, we will match your group with a music creator.
If your group applies to do the Choose pathway, you will be able to hold your own compeition to find a music creator.
The workshop can normally take place at one of your usual rehearsals; however it’s entirely up to you arrange what date or length of workshop best suits your group and your music creator.
At the beginning of the project you need to work out a suitable timetable with your music creator and mentor. Each project works to a different time frame according to when you schedule your premiere concert.
We’ll schedule this day when the groups have been selected, according to everyone’s availability.
Groups will be shortlisted in early July - if you’re shortlisted we will arrange a short telephone call with the musical director of your group. You will hear if you have been selected shortly after the music creator interviews in August.
The music creator retains all rights to the score.
No, but if your group applies to do the 'Choose' pathway and run a competition to find a music creator, you can then choose the music creator you'd like to work with.
The criteria for music creators recruited via the Choose Pathway competition is the same as for the other pathways. They must be:
- an emerging music creator with less than 5 (not necessarily continuous) years of professional practice in the leisure-time sector
- not in full-time education
- based within the UK
- able to demonstrate an understanding of leisure-time music groups and of collaborative approaches to composition
- able to commit in terms of time and travel to the project (project duration is approximately 9-12 months, possibly up to December 2021).
There should be no age limit and the successful music creator must be chosen by a panel.
The competition must be free to enter.
The music creator competition will open at the beginning of May and applications will close on 15 June. You will need to have selected your music creator by 31 July.
Music creators will need to complete an application form stating why they want to take part, and include two sound files of their compositions and possibly a score.
If your application to run a competition is successful, Making Music will give you more details and support you with guidance and best practice advice during their competitions. Mentor and music creator Colin Riley will be on hand to assist with selection.
Welsh programme in partnership with:
If your group would like to take part in the project but isn't a member of Making Music, find out how to join.