The UK and France are two major countries in the field of classical and contemporary music. In the UK, music schools are numerous and offer a very renowned education, London is a vibrant platform for young professionals, and the UK hosts many contemporary music festivals which can launch artists from all over the world at international level. In France, multiple organizations dedicate their activity to contemporary music.

Pierre Boulez has worked in the UK for years and Benjamin’s or Adès’ music is performed in France. However apart from a few leading figures, new music struggles to cross the border and we made it our mission to support this rich and eclectic repertoire.


Diaphonique‘s fondamental values and goals are to promote exchanges and collaboration between French and British artists in the hope of fostering mutual discovery and inspiration.

In 2010, the SACEM (Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Editeurs de Musique), the Institut Français in the UK and the French music office (bureauexport) signed a partnership deal and established Diaponique as an organisation relying on shared resources. The creation of the fund is a natural development for the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni, in charge of Diaphonique‘s administration, which has been expanding its activity in classical music for several years, and for the bureauexport, which aims to support the French music industry and its development in strategic territories such as the UK. In 2011, the Institut Français’ head office in Paris, the British Council and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication added their support to Diaphonique.

Our artistic committee is composed of the finest experts of new music meeting once a year to allocate grants to ambitious projects fostering artistic cooperation.