The New Music Biennial is a PRS Foundation and Southbank Centre initiative that supports and provides a platform for talented organisations and music creators who are pushing the boundaries of new music in the UK. It builds on the successes of our New Music Biennial 2014, 2017 and 2019 and Cultural Olympiad programme, New Music 20×12, and creates a world class programme of commissions, performed across the UK, broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

New Music Biennial presents new music across all genres, from classical and chamber opera, to jazz, folk and electronic. We aim to reach new audiences for contemporary music and encourage ideas for short works no longer than 15 minutes duration which could be performed in a range of settings.

A maximum of 20 grants of up to £20,000 are awarded.

New Music Biennial aims to:

  • celebrate and showcase the talent of the UK’s music sector and to raise the profile of composers from every part of the UK
  • invest in excellent, new work which is performed more than once
  • engage and inspire all kinds of audiences by commissioning and presenting new music in a dynamic and unusual way
  • present a snapshot of the diverse and distinctive music which is created in the UK by composers at different stages of their career
  • support organisations which are developing local and regional audiences for new music
  • strengthen touring opportunities and working relationships between UK composers, commissioning bodies and performers


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