Dani Howard, Cassie Kinoshi and Matthew Herbert among six talented composers to receive PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund
- Composers receive grant support of up to £15,000 for project that develop creative and professional development of talented composers
PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development, announces today the latest talented composers to receive the ground-breaking Composers’ Fund are:
- Dani Howard – recording, post-production and release of debut album with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, soloist Peter Moore, conducted by Michael Seal and Pablo Urbina
- Cassie Kinoshi – creation of new 30-minute composition of 5 movements in celebration of Caribbean and West African culture, community and family
- Kerry Andrew – creation of Kerry Andrew Music Catalogue Website
- Matthew Herbert – composition process, collaborator development and international touring preparation for a major new work to be performed by the LCO choir and Shabaka Hutchings
- Greg Caffrey – Dolby Atmos orchestral recording of new works
- Richard Baker – release of orchestral and ensemble works
Composers’ Fund supported Cassie Kinoshi said, “I’m extremely grateful to the PRS Foundation’s Composers’ Fund for supporting me in bringing this particular project to life. Funding the recording of my composition Three Suns Suite is important for my career development but also to me personally as it’s a collection of pieces written to honour my heritage through the lenses of joy and celebration. One of the closest connections I have to my ancestral countries is via my grandparents and I’m elated to share the music I’ve written to uplift them.”
Elizabeth Sills, Grants & Programmes Manager at PRS Foundation said. “Congratulations to all six hugely talented composers selected in this latest round of funding. This targeted and timely support for composers who are ready to develop their careers to the next level, is vital now more than ever in these uncertain times. I look forward to following the progress of each of the composers and their exciting new music projects.”
The Composers’ Fund supports the creative and professional development of talented composers with a strong track record and at pivotal stages in their career. Launched by PRS Foundation in 2016 the fund offers grants of up to £15,000 to support and enable composers to realise projects and ambitions that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.
Since its launch the fund has supported projects such as recordings, the promotion and performance of existing works, international co-commissions and development, performer collaboration, residencies, sabbaticals or childcare costs and project or promotional support.
The next deadline to apply for Composers’ Fund support will be announced on the PRS Foundation website in 2023