MU Member Receives PRS Foundation Composers Award
Nigerian-British composer and singer-songwriter Helen Epega, who performs under the stage name The Venus Bushfires, has been awarded the breakthrough Composers Fund award. His pieces are described as “new work telling British stories from trending topics on Twitter (UK), from a Nigerian perspective expressed through indigenous, African and Western classical instruments”.
“I am happy to share that I am one of seven recipients of the latest PRS Foundation Composers’ Award. I also run expressive arts workshops, give lectures and talks in the UK and abroad on how I composed the world’s first pidgin (broken English) opera, “Song Queen: At Pidgin Opera”.
“I use music to bring together seemingly disparate groups to exchange ideas in a meaningful way.”
Elizabeth Sills, grants and programs manager at the PRS Foundation, said:
“Congratulations to each of the seven outstanding composers in this round of funding. We are delighted that, through the Composers Fund, we are able to support talented composers at crucial stages in their careers to take the next step in their development.
“Along with our friends at Jerwood Arts, we can’t wait to see how this support for their respective projects impacts each of their careers.”
About the Composers Prize
The Composers Fund supports the creative and professional development of talented composers with a solid track record and at pivotal stages in their careers. Launched by the PRS Foundation in 2016, the fund offers grants of up to £10,000 to support and enable composers to realize projects and ambitions that may not be possible with traditional commissioning models.
Since its launch, the fund has supported projects such as recordings, promotion and performance of existing works, international co-commissions and development, collaboration of performers, residencies, sabbaticals or fees child care and support for projects or promotion.
This cycle is the fourth in partnership with Jerwood Artswhich since 2020 has enabled increased support for composers who meet the criteria of the fund and whose activities take place in the United Kingdom and who have less than 10 years of career.
For more information, including a list of other 2022 winners, visit PRS Foundation website.