Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester and the Lowry in Salford are to jointly host the next placement under the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme.
As part of the initiative, emerging professional theatre composers work with theatres on a range of work. The successful applicant for the next placement will have the opportunity to compose an original score for an all-female staging of a Shakespeare play at Hope Mill, and will be involved in the development of new shows at the venue.
At the Lowry, the composer will be given three weeks to develop their own project, a slot to test their work as part of the Musical ReWrites festival in October and professional support.
The successful applicant will receive £11,000 plus £500 towards travel, provided by the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation, which has agreed to fund five placements between 2018 and 2021.
The scheme is jointly run by Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network.
Joseph Houston and William Whelton, from Hope Mill, said that both venues “share the ethos that it is vital to support and nurture emerging talent”.
“We have a shared ambition in developing new musicals, and are passionate about home grown talent,” they added.
To apply, composers must have already had work professionally produced and be resident in the UK.