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Classical support from PRS Foundation and Bliss

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The Performing Right Society Foundation and the Bliss Trust have come together to launch a bursary scheme providing grants worth £500 to professional composers working in the contemporary classical sector.

Established in 1986, the Bliss Trust supports the education and further development of emerging composers, while the PRS Foundation is the UK’s largest funder for new music of any genre.

Bursaries can be used to fund promotional recordings, travel costs connected to a performance or study at a summer school. They may also be used to supplement commissioning costs or to purchase computer equipment or instruments.

David Francis, PRS Foundation manager, said: “Funding of this kind for individuals can be thin on the ground, so the PRS Foundation is pleased to provide this important opportunity which encourages emerging composers to break new creative ground and which helps new talent to shine.”

The deadline for applying to the scheme is March 21, however there will be second submission date for applications on September 1. Composers can view the scheme’s guidelines and download the application from www.prsfoundation.co.uk.