Danish Art Foundation

Composer agreements

The Danish Arts Foundation may provide partial funding for the composer’s fee. Short- or long-term composer agreements. These may include: Commissioned works, composer-in-residence agreements, residencies and other mutually binding arrangements between commissioning parties and Danish composers across the musical field. The Danish Arts Foundation may provide partial funding for the composer’s fee.


Who may apply?

Anyone wishing to commission music from Danish artists across the musical field in connection with:

Short- or long-term composer agreements
This may include, for example, Danish or non-Danish orchestras, ensembles, concert organizers, museums, festivals, associations, musicians, projects or institutions wishing to host a concert, an event, a publication or a residency or engage in any other form of binding agreement for either a single work or short- or long-term agreements.

The commissioning party must make an arrangement with the composer, who, in addition to accepting the assignment and the commission, is required to outline the overall artistic concept.

The Committee encourages hosts and commissioning parties to co-fund the composer’s fee. For larger institutions, co-funding of the composer’s fee is mandatory.

If the grant application is approved, the partial fee is paid directly to the composer.

Non-Danish commissioners may also apply.

The composer cannot simultaneously be enrolled as an active student on an educational course eligible for SU, nor be enrolled on a Ph.D.

Names of applicants to the Danish Arts Foundation will be made public on the Danish Arts Foundation’s website,

Purpose of the program

To stimulate the commissioning of new music by Danish composers in furtherance of diversity of expression and musical experience for the benefit of a large audience.

This goal is pursued by co-funding composer fees for new music commissioned by various actors.

How your application will be evaluated?

The general criterion for all grants given by the Danish Arts Foundation is the quality of the artistic production and talent viewed in conjunction with the project outlined in the application.

The Committee for Music Grants applies the following criteria in prioritizing which applications qualify for a grant:   

  • music with an independent, personal and original expression
  • music with an ambitious mastery of musical techniques
  • music which explores new modes of expression
  • music which is surprising or holds promise

The Committee further places a priority on artistic activities that

  • articulate and argue their own artistic-compositional quality
  • actively engage with their musical community and relate to the audience and society at large

Moreover, the Committee places a priority on the composer agreement’s use of professional communication, documentation and PR efforts.

In assessing an application, the Committee may take into consideration whether the specific applicant is currently receiving or has previously received grants from the Danish Arts Foundation.

As the Committee’s funds are limited, it cannot fund all qualified applications. The Committee reserves the right to provide smaller grants than the applied amount based on the overall field of applicants, available funds and the desire to ensure diversity among the grant recipients.

What the application must contain?

We recommend that you familiarize yourself with the online application form as well as having the required information and documents on hand before you begin to fill out the form. NB The form is only allowed open for a total of 15-20 minutes.

Please describe your project in depth by using the template below, which thereafter must be attached to the application on the last page of the online application form. The maximum total file size of the attachments (incl. MP3 or M4a files) must not exceed 20 MB.

Applications without MP3-files will not be considered.

The following files must be attached in the online application:

Appendix 1
When submitting the online application you must attach a mandatory appendix containing:
- An in depth description of the proposed composer agreement 
- The composer’s CV 
- Relevant links to audio or video examples of the composer’s work

The budget form should only be used for long-term composer agreements/residencies and must include the composer’s fee, the musicians’ fee(s), production costs etc. as well as the commissioning party’s economic contribution.

NB For stage productions, please enclose the overall budget for the show as appendix 4.

Template for mandatory attachments (download and fill out Word file)

Appendix 2
A mandatory mp3 file containing a recent musical piece/audio sample by the composer.

Appendix 3
If relevant, a pdf version of a recent musical score or sample sheet music (maximum of 25 pages).

NB Files of more than the allowed page count will be shortened to the first 25 pages. If your score exceeds the allowed amount, it is therefore a good idea to make your own selection of pages before attaching it to the application.

Appendix 4
If relevant, the overall budget for stage productions as a pdf (maximum of 5 pages).

Applications that do not include the mandatory information will not be considered.

How much you may apply for?

The list of previous grant recipients will give you an impression of typical grant sums. See the list of previous grant recipients here.

Once you have submitted the application

Once you have submitted your online application form you will receive a confirmation e-mail with an attached copy of the application.

Any additional material will not be included in the review process

Who will evaluate your application?

For the period 2016-2019, the membership of the Music Committee will be as follows: composer and songwriter Kristina Holgersen, chairperson, composer Line Tjørnhøj, composer Anders Brødsgaard, composer and DJ Mike Sheridan and jazz pianist Mads Bærentzen.

Application form as PDF?

All applications to the Danish Arts Foundation must be submitted electronically via the online application form. However, many applicants find it helpful to familiarize themselves with the requirements in the online form before submitting any application. You can review a preview version of the form below. Please keep in mind, that the preview is for preparatory orientation only.

Click here to preview the online application form (NB the form cannot be filled in)

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