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OUR PURPOSE

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OUR PURPOSE

We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience the astounding talent and creativity in the UK early music world through live performances.

Our mission is to enable baroque musicians to thrive and to share inspiring music with larger, more diverse audiences in communities across the country. 


Everything we do aims to build a financially sustainable and artistically vibrant future for the early music sector in the UK. 

WHAT WE DO

FUNDING OUTSTANDING PROJECTS

We conduct two competitive grant rounds each year, selecting the most outstanding projects and then helping see them through to a successful conclusion. Our grants have enabled players and singers to unleash their creativity and to earn their living while sharing inspiring and uplifting music with audiences across the UK.

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FUNDING OUTSTANDING PROJECTS

SUPPORTING FREELANCE MUSICIANS

Beyond providing funding, Continuo grants have become a mark of quality helping musicians succeed, particularly those in smaller and emerging ensembles which are less known. Our grants have become recognised as an endorsement - of both the project and the ensemble - which has led to greater success with concert organisers and other funders. Our grant making is also designed to transfer skills and offer mentoring. 

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SUPPORTING FREELANCE MUSICIANS

LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO GROW THE SECTOR

We created - and continue to invest in - Continuo Connect to amplify the sector's visibility and to scale up our impact. The digital hub supports our grant making, and enables discovery of artists, concerts and engaging features. Continuo Connect also provides a platform for all participants in the sector to work together to capture the public's attention and develop audiences across a wider, more diverse footprint. 

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LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO GROW THE SECTOR

BROADENING ACCESS TO INSPIRING LIVE MUSIC

Through Continuo Connect and our social media presence, we are improving the visibility and discoverability of artists and events beyond what is possible with individual websites. Comprehensive, easy-to-search concert listings are enabling audiences to find nearby concerts, anywhere in the UK. This saves time, increases attendance and widens access to information to develop new audiences in new locations.  

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BROADENING ACCESS TO INSPIRING LIVE MUSIC

CHAMPIONING THE UK EARLY MUSIC SECTOR

The UK has a world-leading period music sector which is the work of 60 years. Its continued existence relies on freelance musicians who combine talent, curiosity and scholarship in a unique way. The boundaries of early music have expanded to encompass 800 years of repertoire, from medieval to new music composed for period instruments. 

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CHAMPIONING THE UK EARLY MUSIC SECTOR

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OUR STORY

Established in September 2020, Continuo Foundation has taken an entrepreneurial approach to creating a new, privately-funded charitable organisation specialised in supporting the UK's leading period-instrument performance sector. 

With the backing of an exceptional group of Patrons, Advisory Panel members, and Trustees, Continuo has awarded a total of £650,000 to UK period-instrument ensembles, enabling 145 artistic projects that have resulted in paid work for almost 1,000 talented freelance musicians and 350 performances which have enriched the lives of nearly 100,000 audience members across the UK and online.

In 2023, we unveiled Continuo Connect, a dynamic digital hub for UK early music. Born from the insights gleaned through our grant-making endeavours, this platform empowers artists, raises their profiles, amplifies their work, and makes discovering nearby events easy for music enthusiasts old and new. This "Go-to
Guide for Early Music" also aims to multiply audience interest and concert attendance across the UK and across a more diverse footprint.  

Together, Continuo’s two strands of activity are designed to support and reinforce each other, fuelling growth, building confidence and strengthening the entire UK early music community.

 

We believe that high quality music can reach every community in the UK and that freelance musicians can thrive, financially and artistically, and we are working to make this happen.

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