The Continuo Foundation invites applications to support live period classical music across the UK (application deadline: Friday 9th February 2024)

The Continuo Foundation, which has a deadline for applications
of this Friday, 9th February 2024, aims to enable a flourishing of
live period performances across the UK. It helps ensembles and
musicians to engage, inspire and grow audiences of all ages.

Its grants support touring and greater access to excellent classical
music to all sectors of society, enriching lives and improving the
financial sustainability of ensembles and the freelance musicians
of today and tomorrow.

The Foundation tends to have a different theme for each of its funding
rounds. The focus of the current round (Grant Round 7) will continue the
previous round’s focus to support emerging ensembles seeking to establish
themselves and gain the visibility and performing experience needed to
build their careers.

A total budget of £100,000 available for allocation in Round 7. Grants
of between £2,000 and £8,000 are available and can be used by ensembles to
(please note that this is not an exclusive list):

o Create a filmed concert which can be used to generate further touring
opportunities.
o Fund a chamber recital series.
o Fund a new project where there is uncertainty about audience size.
o Provide the funding to mobilise a performance that is at risk of being
cancelled, and/or
o Tour an existing programme to new UK locations.

Projects should take place between Monday 1st April and Friday 31st October
2024.

Applicants will be expected to make a matched funding contribution.
This should be at least 10% of the total project cost.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

o The artistic merit and originality of the proposed project
o The extent to which new live or virtual audiences will be engaged.
o The extent to which the project proposed is realistic and will
contribute to establishing the group’s credentials and visibility
(recently formed ensembles only), and
o The number of instrumentalists engaged and the proportion
of the grant funds dedicated to artists’ fees.

Funding is not available for:

o Individual musicians (only ensembles of at least 3 musicians are supported)
o Venues, or
o Promoters.

Further information, guidance and an online application form can be found
on the Foundation’s website.

The deadline for applications is Friday 9th February 2024, with successful
applicants expected to be announced towards the end of March 2024.