The Oram Awards
Presented by PRS Foundation and The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop, The Oram Awards recognise emerging artists in the fields of music, sound and related technologies in honour of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s Daphne Oram, and other pioneering women, girls and minority gender music creators in music and sound.
Named after Daphne Oram, one of the founding members of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the awards hope to build on her legacy. Daphne worked at the workshop with others including Delia Derbyshire, Glynis Jones, Jenyth Worsley, Maddalena Fagandini and Elizabeth Parker, creating music for the distant future, the distant past and inside the mind. She played a vital role in establishing women at the forefront of innovation, in newly emerging audio technologies, in the UK and around the world. Fast forward to today and whilst there are many women, girls and minority gender music creators innovating in music and sound, their work and their voices often struggle to be heard and we’re missing the opportunity to celebrate role models for the next generation.
This year there will be 6 winners and the ceremony will take place in November (date to be confirmed)
- 2 of the winners will receive special commendations and development bursaries of £1,500
- 4 winners receive development bursaries of £500 from PRS Foundation.
PRS Foundation retains the right not to invite submissions from nominees who are already receiving significant funding from another PRS Foundation programme such as the PPL Momentum Fund, The Composers’ Fund or New Music Biennial.
The Oram Awards are targeted at the next generation of innovative women, girls and gender minorities in music and sound and is open to women, girls and gender minorities of all ages from 11 years upwards.
There is only one category: innovation in sound, music and associated technologies.
Music and sound creators must:
- be based in the United Kingdom
- create high quality original new music and sound
- innovate in sound, music and associated technologies
- through their work have demonstrated that they are deserving of increased recognition
- are ready for this opportunity and will use the PRS Foundation bursary for future creative and professional development.
Partners will prioritise women. girls and minority gender music creators who are not yet established names, as well as those not being supported by flagship talent development programmes such as the PPL Momentum Music Fund, The Composers’ Fund and New Music Biennial.