Jackson and Higgins receive PRS for Music Foundation’s newest Composers’ award

1 July 2016

Bright Ivy are excited to announce that two of its composers, Gabriel Jackson and Gavin Higgins are among the first of nine recipients of the PRS for Music Foundation’s new Composers’ Fund.

The fund aims to support the UK's most talented composers to develop their work in the UK and overseas. The recipients will be awarded grants of up to £10,000, allowing them to take more control of their musical careers.

‘We’re proud to be supporting these talented and distinctive composers, to take more control of their own destiny. I very much look forward to following their progress and seeing how this support enables them to develop their music and take their career to the next stage.’  Vanessa Reed, Executive Director for PRS for Music Foundation.

The fund was launched with additional support from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and offers £150,000 annually to support composers and enable them to realise projects and ambitions that may not be possible through traditional commissioning models.

It was created following PRS for Music Foundation’s research in 2014 exploring the challenges composers meet when controlling their career direction; low commission fees, lack of any support structure and pressurised working conditions all highlighted in the foundation's research.

Jackson will use the funds to write an ambitious work for alto saxophone, strings and  percussion, whilst Higgins will use the award to fund a studio space whilst he writes his latest commission.