Beyond Borders was established in 2010 to support high quality co-commissions and tours, stimulating collaboration between composers, performance groups and music organisations across the four UK countries and, since 2014, the Republic of Ireland.


The grant offers support of up to £15,000 for commissions, recordings and compositions created within the last five years.


This co-commissioning and touring programme is run by PRS Foundation in partnership with Creative Scotland (supported by the National Lottery), Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants should:

  • Exhibit innovation, excellence in music, trailblazing programming, and performance strategies with potential for nationwide/international acclaim.
  • Demonstrate a profound collaborative spirit among cross-border entities, bands, and organisations, ensuring a lasting legacy.
  • Showcase a robust strategy for audience engagement, underlining the profound impact on public involvement.


Previous Beyond Borders successes have included Songs of Separation, a collective of 10 female English and Scottish folk musicians whose album won ‘Best Album’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017, and David Fennessy’s ‘Panopticon’, commissioned by Hebrides Ensemble and Psappha, which won the Scottish Award for New Music for Small Scale work. Martin Green’s ‘Flit’, combining live music and animation which reflects on first hand stories of migration, also won over audiences and critics nationwide in 2016, and was funded through Beyond Borders.


In 2022, seven exciting projects were selected for Beyond Borders support Kirkos Ensemble (Republic of Ireland) and New Music Dublin, Linda Buckley (Scotland) and Chamber Music Scotland, BAN BAM (Republic of Ireland) and Improvised Music Company, Ed Bennett (England) and Contemporary Music Centre, Ben Lunn (Scotland) and Drake Music Scotland, Gwyneth Glyn (Wales) and Lorcán Mac Mathúna and Knockengorroch, and James Thompson (Northern Ireland) and Moving On Music.


Deadline: Monday 25th September 2023 at 6pm.


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