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Early Career Composers Cooperative

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The Early Career Composers Cooperative is a free professional development opportunity for composers based in the north of England who are in the early stages of their career (composers who are not in, or have recently left, education). If you are a composer meeting these criteria, this project is for you!

Through the Cooperative, UYMP is offering a free, application-less programme of support, including networking and promotion, for early career composers.

This first meeting is a day of sharing and networking through workshops and discussions, facilitated by Peter Wiegold (Director of the Third Orchestra, Club Inégales, and Institute of Composing).

This is a participant-led project: be there on 22nd June to learn more and have a say in shaping the project and the support offered.

• share your practice and experience
• expand your professional network
• discuss issues affecting your career with other composers and industry professionals
• learn of other activities in the region
• set up new collaborations
• meet and establish a relationship with UYMP and programmers Platform 4 and Late Music

We are UYMP (University of York Music Press). For this first meeting, we're gathering industry experts together to meet composers, including:

• Programmers: Platform 4 (Sheffield), Late Music Concerts (York)
• Publishers: UYMP
• Composers: Nicola LeFanu, Thomas Simaku, David Lancaster
• Leading industry professionals: Leslie East (Chair of ABCD, former Chief Executive of ABRSM)

Outside institutions, like schools and universities, it can be challenging for composers to secure opportunities or develop the professional contacts needed to gain performances. Although perpetual self-promotion is now possible thanks to social media, there can be no better way to get the ball rolling than to meet industry professionals face-to-face. As the industry and career paths adapt to the evolving demands of technology and economy, UYMP wants to support the individual career development of composers in meeting these demands.

This project is supported generously by The Mayfield Valley Arts Trust.

Saturday 22nd June 2019
Coffee from 10.30am, to start at 11am and finish by 5pm.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Department of Music, University of York

Attendance is free! If you wish to attend, please register in advance by using our short online form:

For all queries, please contact: