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£750,000 and counting: the Continuo Foundation opens its 8th grant round for applications

£750,000 and counting: the Continuo Foundation opens its 8th grant round for applications
£750,000 and counting: the Continuo Foundation opens its 8th grant round for applications
One of the many creative projects by the Continuo Foundation's grantee ensembles - This is my Body from Figure Ensemble at the Swiss Church (Photo: Nick Rutter)
One of the many creative projects by the Continuo Foundation’s grantee ensembles – This is my Body from Figure Ensemble at the Swiss Church – see my review (Photo: Nick Rutter)

Since its creation in September 2020, the Continuo Foundation has awarded £750,000 to nearly 100 period-instrument ensembles, supporting 170 creative projects, initiatives which have benefited over 1,000 freelance musicians and reached more than 180,000 audience members in 180 UK locations and online [see my 2022 interview with founder, Tina Vadaneaux].

The foundation has now opened is 8th grant round for applications. It is accepting applications for funding Early Music concerts, tours and other artistic projects taking place between November 2024 and April 2025, anywhere in the UK. As in previous rounds, the funding available in this eighth grant round amounts to £100,000.

Proposals from both established and emerging ensembles (formed since 2020) are being welcomed and will be evaluated based on artistic quality, audience reach, and long-term impact. At least 20% of the funds will be directed to support recently formed groups, underlining the foundationʼs commitment to fostering emerging talent.

While its grants are focused on period instrument ensembles, Continuo Foundation has expanded its support to all UK-based professional early music artists, including vocal ensembles, through its Continuo Connect digital platform, which offers comprehensive concert listings for over 150 artists and 50 festivals.

Full details from the Continuo Foundation’s website.


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