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Refractions: PRS announces Philip Glass themed composer development initiative

The ‘call for works’ sees PRS for Music search for composers to respond creatively to Glass’ influential body of work and engage with the theme ‘refraction’.

Jamie MacMillan
  • By Jamie MacMillan
  • 19 Apr 2022
  • min read

PRS for Music has announced that it is partnering with Dunvagen Music Publishers and record company Orange Mountain Music to launch ‘Refractions’, a composer development initiative inspired by the music of legendary composer, Philip Glass.

Four successful composers will be commissioned by Glass’ publisher, Dunvagen Music Publishers, to write an original composition using Philip Glass source material, they will be awarded a fee of £750 from Dunvagen Music Publishers, and have their finished compositions released on a digital EP by Orange Mountain Music, the record company created to serve fans and aficionados of Philip Glass.

Successful composers will also take part in a dedicated online mentoring session from Robert Ames, Co-Artistic Director of the London Contemporary Orchestra.

To be considered for ‘Refractions’, composers should submit two contrasting original electronic compositions, plus a supporting statement of up to 500 words outlining how they would benefit from being a part of the initiative.

‘Refractions’ is open to any current PRS members over 18, and is particularly targeted towards emerging composers in the early stages of their career. Entries will be assessed by Robert Ames and a panel of composers appointed by PRS for Music.

Entries must be submitted by 9am on 13 May, 2022.

Daniel Lewis, Classical Relationship Manager, PRS for Music, said: 'PRS for Music is a passionate supporter of contemporary classical music, and we are committed to developing commissioning opportunities for PRS members. We are proud to partner with Dunvagen Music Publishers and Orange Mountain Music on this project, that will enable composers to respond to the iconic work of Philip Glass in his 85th birthday year. The opportunity to receive dedicated mentoring from Robert Ames and have music released on a digital EP makes this opportunity truly exciting.'

Drew Smith, Executive Director, Dunvagen Music Publishers, said: 'The creativity and imagination of emerging composers knows no bounds. We are delighted to be working with PRS for Music on ‘Refractions’ in support of the contemporary classical sector, and look forward to seeing how the four selected composers put their own unique spin on Philip Glass’ work for the world to hear.'

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