Boost for new music with launch of Adopt a Music Creator 2020/21

Making Music is delighted to announce the participants of the Adopt a Music Creator project, an expanded version of the hugely popular Adopt a Composer project that pairs leisure-time music groups with emerging music creators to create brand new music. 

Since 2000, the Adopt a Composer project has inspired over 120 diverse new works for performance and radio broadcast. Leisure-time groups get involved in the creative process and develop their musical skills, while music creators gain experience of working with groups as well as guidance from an established team of mentors (Colin Riley, Emily Crossland, Fraser Trainer, Jenni Pinnock, Ailie Robertson and Lynne Plowman (part of Tŷ Cerdd's CoDI project in Wales)) with many going on to national and international success.

As Adopt a Music Creator, the scope of the project has now broadened with more opportunities to take part including the chance for pairs of groups to collaborate with a music creator.

The pairings for 2020/21 showcase the range and vibrancy of the UK’s leisure-time music scene, ranging from choirs and bands to a saxophone orchestra. 

Will Dutta, Head of Artist Development, Sound and Music, said:

Adopt a Music Creator has always been a unique, challenging and deeply rewarding programme, but this year the selected composers and music groups will have to navigate an unprecedented context with COVID-19. Sound and Music is constantly amazed by the boundless creativity that composers bring. This will no doubt make for an enriching creative journey for everyone involved.

Barbara Eifler, Chief Executive of Making Music, said:

Adopt a Music Creator has been a continually refreshed and evolving project over 20 years now, but what has remained is that it successfully introduces leisure-time music groups to the joys of collaborating with a living music creator, and music creators to the differences and creative opportunities offered by our member groups for their musical imagination. This year, Covid or not, will be no different and we look forward to another set of fun, surprising and challenging pieces written especially for those of us who make music as a hobby.

The selected pairings for 2020/21 are as follows:

  • Bury St Edmunds Concert Band and Litha Efthymiou
  • Fulham Brass Band and Florence Anna Maunders
  • Hepton Singers and Fergus Hall
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme Community Orchestra and Charlotte Marlow
  • The Phoenix Voices and Lucy Callen
  • Collaborate pathway – Aberdeenshire Saxophone Orchestra, Ugie Voices and Ben Lunn
  • CoDI project – Côr Meibion Mynwy (Monmouth Male Voice Choir) and Eloise Gynn

Find out more about this year's Adopt a Music Creator pairings on our project pages.

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 also includes the CoDI project, funded by Tŷ Cerdd in Wales.

For more information contact Sally Palmer, Making Music Projects and Office Manager, at sally@makingmusic.org.uk

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Notes to editors

Since 1935, Making Music has championed leisure-time music groups across the UK with practical services, artistic development opportunities and by providing a collective voice for its members. We now represent over 3,700 groups made up of around 200,000 musicians of all types, genres and abilities. We help them run their groups so they can get on with making music! www.makingmusic.org.uk

The Philip and Dorothy Green Trust was established by film and television composer and conductor Philip Green (1911-1982) and his wife, Dorothy, to help young musicians and composers. The Trust has co-funded the Adopt a Music Creator (previously Adopt a Composer) project since 2015.

Sound and Music is the national charity for new music in the UK. Their mission is to maximise the opportunities for people to create and enjoy new music. Their work includes composer and artist development, partnerships with a range of organisations, audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education. They champion new music and the work of British composers and artists, and seek to ensure that they are at the heart of cultural life and enjoyed by many. www.soundandmusic.org

PRS Foundation is the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £35 million to over 7,300 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to a network of talent development partners and showcases in the UK and overseas. www.prsfoundation.com

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. www.tycerdd.org

Tŷ Cerdd’s CoDI Composer Pathways is a multi-faceted programme for artists across Wales. CoDI Composer Pathways (codi in Welsh = to raise; CoDI = Composer Development Initiative) is the first strategic programme of its kind in Wales, developing opportunities for composers and sound creators at all stages of their careers. This year its programme consists of three creative pathways – Opera, Experimental and DIY – alongside Interact, which sits at the heart of CoDI and includes an online forum, workshops, mentoring and the Adopt a Music Creator scheme. CoDI Composer Pathways is funded by support from Arts Council of Wales, PRS Foundation’s Talent Development programme and RVW Trust. www.tycerdd.org/codi

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