Statens Kunstfond

Composer’s agreements

Short- or long-term composers’ 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.



  • Application deadlines in 2019: January 15 May 15 and September 16

Who may apply?

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

Short- or long-term composer’s 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, also has to outline the overall artistic concept.

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

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

Non-Danish commissioners may also apply. See application form in English.

Students enrolled in music conservatories at bachelor’s/basic level or at master’s/graduate levels or similar programmes do not qualify for composer’s agreements.

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 to allow a diversity of expressions and musical experiences to benefit a large audience.

This goal is pursued by co-funding for composers’ fees for works commissioned by various actors.

How your application will be evaluated?

The general criterion for all grants from the Danish Arts Foundation is the quality of the artistic production and the artistic talent compared with the project outlined in the application.

The Grant Committee for Music works with and prioritizes

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

The committee further places a priority on artistic activities that

  • articulates and argues for its own artistic-compositional quality
  • actively engages with its musical community and relates to the audience and society at large

The committee also places a priority on the inclusion of professional communication, documentation and PR efforts in the composer’s agreements.

In its assessment of the application, the committee may also consider any state grants received by the composer in recent years from the Danish Arts Foundation.

Since the committee’s funds are limited, it cannot possibly fund all worthwhile applications. The committee reserves the right to provide smaller grants than the application calls for, 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 electronic application form and have the required information and documents on hand before you begin to fill out the form.

Please describe your project in the template below, which you need to attach on the last page of the electronic application form. The maximum total file size of the attachment (incl. MP3 or M4a files) is 20 MB. Zip-files may not be included.

The following must be attached to the application:

Applications without MP3-files will not be considered

Appendix 1:
When submitting the electronic application you need to attach a mandatory appendix containing:
- Description of the commissioned work or the composer’s agreement
- Composer’s CV
- Relevant links to audio or video examples of the composer’s work
- For stage productions, enclose the overall budget for the show
- The budget form must be used for long-term composers’ agreements, inluding the composer’s fee, the musician’s/musicians’ fee(s), production costs etc. as well as the commissioning party’s economic contribution

Template for mandatory attachments (MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE APPLICATION)

Appendix 2:
An MP3-file with recent musical piece/audio sample by the composer.

Appendix 3:
If relevant, a pdf-version of a recent musical score or sample sheet music, max 25 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

When you have submitted your electronic application 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. After the review of your application, the enclose files will be shredded/deleted.

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.

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