Ascendant Commissions

‘Ascendant’ (Adjective.) Definition: Rising in power or influence (i.e. for artists who are experienced, but may still be under the radar)

2 experienced Disabled musicians working in any genre will be commissioned to produce new work. We use the term “experienced” to mean “with more than 3 years’ experience”.

The two selected artists will get mentoring, technical support and showcase opportunities. These commissions are specifically about supporting “mid-career” artists.

Oliver stands on the Fens before a ploughed field. He is wearing round shades and looking into the camera as he plays his harmonica

Previous Commissionee, Oliver Cross

Each Ascendant Musician will:

  • Over a 5-month period create a new piece of work
  • Be mentored by an Artist in Residence (AiR)
  • Mentor an Emergent musician, if appropriate
  • Take part in the Masterclass series curated by the AiR’s
  • Have access to Technical support
  • Perform at DM Live Showcase event


This programme began as part of the PRS Talent Development Partnership. Learn more about previous commissionees via the links below:

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