New Music charity Sound and Music has launched an appeal to raise £25,000 by July 2018 to create a bursary fund supporting young composers attending the organisation’s annual residential Summer School for Young Composers. The fund is being created in memory of the much-loved composer Steve Martland (1954-2013).
75 young composers aged 14-18 attend the Sound and Music Summer School – the only course of its kind in the UK – each year. The event celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018 and so far over 500 young composers have taken part. The creation of the new bursary fund will ensure that Sound and Music can continue to make the event open and accessible to more young people through removing financial barriers to attendance.
Summer school participants benefit from working alongside a team of world-renowned composers, professional musicians and experienced educators to develop their compositional skills, writing for instruments, writing for film, writing for non-European instruments, writing for voice, or writing for a jazz ensemble.
Steve Martland was formerly Artistic Director of spnm, the Society for the Promotion of New Music, one of Sound and Music’s founding organisations. He was strongly committed to education, running Strike Out, a non-fee paying composition course for children, and was a passionate advocate for the importance of diversity of new music and its creators.