Irish Heritage 2020/21 Music Bursary for Composition

Deadline: 31 January 2021 17:00

Irish Heritage is pleased to confirm that it’s Music Bursary for an original, classical music composition on an Irish theme by a young Irish composer based in Ireland or Britain will be awarded again this academic year.

The Bursary, which has a prize of £3,000, is open to young Irish composers studying at recognised music conservatoires and other colleges in Ireland and Britain.
Confirming that the Bursary would be awarded, Patrick Lennon, Chairman of Irish Heritage said, “Since its formation in 1974 Irish Heritage has focused on the celebration and performance of classical and Irish music of the past in the process encouraging and launching the careers of many now established Irish singers and musicians.

Theme for 2020/21
The theme for this year’s Bursary composition is “Inspiring the Spirit” – a response to the need to enable the joy of music to lift the gloom that has descended on these islands and the world in general as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic..


The conditions for submission of the new composition are as follows:

  • All submissions must be received by 31st January 2021. 
  • The age limit is 30 and composers must be first or second generation Irish.
  • Compositions must feature a wind ensemble with piano – the latter is optional.
  • Submitted pieces should not exceed 10 minutes. The duration of the work and the year of composition should be written on the score.
  • Composers submitting an entry should not have had more than five fully professional performances of their music within the last year. [Note: “fully professional performances” are those in which all the performers are regular professional performers -not teachers or fellow students for example, and are being paid a full fee for the performance, in a public context, with a royalty payable to the composer.  Many concerts in universities and colleges are therefore not ‘fully professional’ in this context.]
  • Compositions must be unpublished, they must not have won in any other contest and they must not have appeared on YouTube or any other website.
  • The submitted work must not have had a professional performance (see note above).
  • No published works may be submitted.
  • Only one piece may be submitted by a composer.
  • All submissions should be emailed in pdf format with an MP4 file Submission Forms (see guidance below) and other accompanying documents must be emailed along with the scores (also as pdf files). If this is impossible then three paper copies of the score (preferably A4), along with the submissionform may be posted to: Composition Bursary, Irish Heritage, Second Floor, 17 Short’s Gardens, London WC2H 9AT.

Please see attached pdf for further details and submission details PDF iconih_-_music_bursary_for_composition_2020-21_announcement_invitation.pdf