The composer community has been hard hit by this unprecedented crisis. Cancelled performances and loss of work mean countless composers are facing a challenging, precarious and uncertain future. With this uncertainty sure to continue, we want to support composers in their efforts to adapt to the rapidly changing circumstances we find ourselves in.

The COVID-19 Composer Awards are offering one off awards of £500 for composers to undertake a creative or professional development activity of their choosing. Through these awards we will support composers, in these tumultuous times, to make a positive and sustainable impact on their careers.

We know that the demand for the awards will be high, so we’re asking for your help. For every £500 raised, we’ll provide one more award for composers affected by the crisis.

If you’re in a position to, please make a contribution to the fund using this form. Your donation will be vital in enabling us to provide more support for those affected by the crisis.

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Over the past 10 years, the Francis Chagrin Award has helped numerous composers with small grants towards their work. In this time of need we are repurposing this established award and expanding our offer, so that we can better support composers affected by the current crisis. Through this, we hope to ensure more composers can continue their vital creative work.

You can find out more about the work we’re doing to support composers at