National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) has announced two new partnerships supporting the organisation’s Young Composers Scheme: Steinberg Media Technologies as Technology Partner and Innovation Grant Sponsor, and Stainer & Bell as Publishing Partner and Innovation Grant Sponsor.
Steinberg will provide a range of in-kind benefits and financial support to the young composers and NYCGB’s wider membership. NYCGB’s 2019 and 2020 Young Composers and Fellowship members will receive free licences and training for their Dorico Pro notation software. Steinberg is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of music and audio software and hardware, with millions of users worldwide.
Under the new partnership, the leading music publisher Stainer & Bell will provide a range of benefits to the Young Composers Scheme including publishing and promoting four new works by young NYCGB composers across both the 2019 and 2020 cohorts.
Both new partners will be involved in a series of specialist workshops for the current young composers.
Daniel Spreadbury, Steinberg’s Product Marketing Manager, said:
‘Supporting young musicians as they develop their skills and confidence as composers and performers is crucial to us at Steinberg, particularly when music education has been facing challenges on every side. In this environment, the work of organisations like NYCGB is more vital than ever. We’re delighted to be on board as their Technology Partner, funding Innovation Grants for two of the composers in the 2020 NYCGB Young Composers Scheme, and to play a small part in helping these exciting musicians get a stronger foothold in the profession.’
Antony Kearns, Stainer & Bell’s Managing Director, said:
‘We are thrilled to be named as the Official Publishing Partner and an Innovation Grant Sponsor for the NYCGB Young Composers Scheme. Stainer & Bell has a proud tradition of nurturing and supporting emerging composers, and we’re especially looking forward to collaborating with these gifted young writers, and to publishing their music alongside the works of more established names in our Choral Now series.’
Ben Parry, NYCGB Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, said:
‘We are absolutely thrilled to have established these two wonderful and unique partnerships. Both organisations have a vast specialist knowledge and expertise that will be of huge benefit to the professional development of our talented Young Composers. We look forward to developing these exciting partnerships over the coming years.’