PRS for Music announces Philip Glass themed 'Refractions' composer development initiative

Four composers to be commissioned by Dunvagen Music Publishers

Philip Glass Refractions

PRS for Music, the organisation which represents the rights of over 160,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers worldwide, has partnered with Dunvagen Music Publishers and record company Orange Mountain Music to launch ‘Refractions’, a unique composer development initiative for PRS members, inspired by the music of legendary composer, Philip Glass.

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’. The composers will create original compositions and sound worlds as they explore new meanings in Philip Glass’ music. 

Four successful composers will be commissioned by Glass’ publisher, Dunvagen Music Publishers, to write an original 5-6 minute composition using Philip Glass source material, 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.

They 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, who will consider the quality and originality of the works submitted, as well as each composers’ suitability for the initiative, to ultimately decide on the final four composers, to be announced later this year.

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


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.

Daniel Lewis, Classical Relationship Manager, PRS for Music

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.

Drew Smith, Executive Director, Dunvagen Music Publishers

Earlier this year, to celebrate Philip Glass’ 85th birthday, PRS for Music revealed two charts detailing some of the prolific composer’s most popular works and film scores, and collaborated with the English National Opera to record a special ‘Satyagraha’ inspired birthday message.

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About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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