AHRC, in collaboration with BBC Radio 3, is seeking applications for a new funding opportunity that seeks to recognise and celebrate Black, Asian and ethnically diverse classical music composers across the centuries.
The lack of diversity in classical music is widely acknowledged but the opportunities to listen to and learn about composers from diverse ethnic backgrounds is often scarce.
This project will help to shine a light on this, while also enabling the public to hear new works, that perhaps until now, have not received the wider recognition they deserve.
The outcomes will therefore address prejudices that exist and are perpetuated, not just within society and institutions, but within the classical music canon, while bringing to the fore immensely talented composers and music that deserves to be presented alongside what is considered the traditional repertoire.
This opportunity follows on from the success of the 2017 forgotten female composers initiative in which five researchers spent the year exploring the lives and works of five female composers, and in many cases rediscovered compositions that had been hidden in archives for centuries. This research enabled these incredible works to be heard by new public and academic audiences during a special concert performed by the BBC concert orchestra and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on International Women’s Day 2018.
Applicants are not expected to prepare a detailed cost plan at this stage. However, please note that successful applicants will receive an award of up to £5,000 (paid at 100% full economic costs (FEC)) to facilitate their involvement in the project.
One of the aims of this research is to enable the broadcasting of the selected composers’ works by the BBC concert orchestra, choirs and new generation artists.
Music from the selected composers will be performed at a special concert in autumn/winter 2021.
Funding can be used for:
- travel related to the project
- delivery of project outputs in conjunction with the BBC
- any other reasonable expenses incurred during the project.
AHRC will reimburse the cost of standard class travel to and from the workshop venue for shortlisted applicants in the event that the workshop doesn’t take place virtually.
Please note that the recording and performance of works produced as a result of this call, by any BBC performance group, is subject to final editorial approval by the BBC.
Find out more about the forgotten female composers concert.
This new initiative is also part of AHRC’s focus on equality, diversity and inclusion both as an organisational priority in how and who we fund, and also as an important area of research as set out in our 2019 Delivery Plan. The aim is for this funding opportunity to contribute on both fronts.
To request copies of this opportunity document in large print or in a different format, please contact the equality, diversity and inclusion team:
UK Research and Innovation, Polaris House, Swindon, SN2 1FL
Please let us know about any accessibility requirements that you may have in terms of attending meetings, workshops or events as part of this project, so that we can provide arrangements accordingly.