MISSION

To support a flourishing historical performance sector, sustaining the careers of its virtuosic freelance musicians, creating opportunities for the next generation of artists entering the field and widening access to performances for communities across the UK.   

Without urgent help, this once-thriving sector could be permanently damaged by Covid-19 restrictions. Our immediate aim is to help period-instrument ensembles of all sizes to survive by mobilising artistic projects creating employment for musicians. Our long term aim is to provide a new centralised resource for connecting ensembles, musicians, audiences, and venues in order to grow the UK's historical performance sector and preserve its celebrated tradition of excellence.   
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Our musical heritage is at stake

PHILANTHROPIC MODEL

Continuo Foundation is managed by a group of experienced professionals from business, media, academia and classical music. All members of the team are passionate about the vital importance of the UK's historical performance sector and are giving their time so that 100% of donations will go directly to benefit ensembles and freelance musicians. We will tailor our grant-making to the evolving needs of period-instrument ensembles, invest in technology to create a central shared resource for the sector, and develop innovative ways of operating in a post-Covid environment.

SURVIVAL

Supporting ensembles with grants to mobilise artistic projects, prioritising excellence and creation of paid performance opportunities for freelance musicians who have been devastated by Covid-19 cancellations.

RECOVERY

Helping ensembles adapt to the evolving Covid-19 situation, rebuild finances and create activity to retain the accomplished musicians who might otherwise be forced to leave the profession or move abroad.

SUSTAINABILITY

Supporting long-term viability and resilience through advice, development of more efficient models of functioning, and fostering public appreciation of the historical performance sector.

PATRONS - DAME EMMA KIRKBY DBE | SIR ROGER NORRINGTON CBE | RACHEL PODGER 

MAECENAS-CONTINUO UK REGISTERED CHARITY NO. 1132363 

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