Set up to support composers looking to take the next step in their career, our Associate Composers Scheme provides artists with the opportunity to showcase their music through Nonclassical events and releases, as well as further their professional development through workshops and mentoring.

Open to unsigned and unpublished artists who display exceptional ability and potential, our Associate Composers Scheme is for emerging composers from any musical background and genre who would benefit from the support and development that the scheme offers.

Over the scheme, composers have the opportunity to:

  • Receive at least one paid commission for a Nonclassical event premiered live

  • Curate their own Nonclassical club night

  • Feature on our annual Outside the Lines EP release

  • Receive mentorship from a chosen composer/industry professional

  • Take part in workshops

  • Be part of a wider support network of composers, artists and industry professionals

Previous Associate Composers have since received commissions from Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf//), BalletBoyz, LA Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra; as well as being Royal Philharmonic Society prize winners, received fellowships and residencies at Tanglewood Music Center and Snape Maltings, and been part of the LPO Young Composers Scheme.


We’ll be recruiting for our next cohort of Associate Composers in September 2020. Sign up to our mailing list to receive updates about the scheme, as well as our latest events and releases.

In the meantime, you can find out more about our current Associate Composers on our website.

Nonclassical is grateful for the support from Arts Council England, PRS for Music Foundation, Hinrichsen Foundation and the Samuel Gardner Trust.

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