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Jerwood Composer+

Supporting composers to programme, plan and deliver their own artistic projects.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ supports early-career composers in planning and delivering two artistic projects. Composers gain valuable knowledge and practical experience to develop their own opportunities and careers.

The scheme, which is supported by the Jerwood Developing Artists Fund, recruits two composers each year to a 15-month placement. Mentored by LSO staff, they are encouraged to develop entrepreneurial skills around programming for specific audiences, planning, marketing, budgeting, fundraising and evaluation.

Composers have access to composition workshops and mentoring with other composers, industry professionals and musicians to develop their artistic practice. Through the programme they showcase work of their own, as well as works by other composers.

Who Is It For?

The programme aims to support composers from all musical backgrounds who are at an early stage in their career. We are particularly interested in applications from historically under-represented groups such as ethnically diverse composers, women or non-binary composers, disabled composers and composers from outside the classical tradition who would like to develop their experience of writing for classical musicians.

We support Sound and Music’s Fair Access Principles, a code of best practice for running successful, open and inclusive artist development programmes, competitions and awards for composers.

How to Apply

Applications are currently closed.

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Scheme Participants & Alumni

2022/23 Participants

Des Oliver
Hollie Harding


2018/19: Amir Konjani, Daniel Kidane
2017/18: Emma-Jean Thackray, Jasmin Kent Rodgman

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LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by the Jerwood Developing Artists Fund

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