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OUR PURPOSE

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OUR PURPOSE

Everyone should 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 uplifting 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

GROWING 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. A flourishing future relies on growth. 

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GROWING 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-class period music sector developed over the course 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 £750,000 to UK period-instrument ensembles, enabling 170 artistic projects that have resulted in paid work for over 1,000 talented freelance musicians and 450 performances which have enriched the lives of over 180,000 audience members across the UK and online.

In 2023, we unveiled Continuo Connect, a dynamic digital platform for the UK baroque/early music sector. 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. We invest in the marketing of Continuo Connect to benefit the artists and festivals on the platform. This "Go-to
Guide for Early Music" also aims to multiply audience discovery and concert attendance across the UK and across a more diverse footprint.  

Together, Continuo’s two strands of activity are supporting and reinforcing each other, fuelling growth, building confid
ence and strengthening the entire UK early music community.

 

We believe that music of the highest quality should reach every region of the UK and that musicians should thrive, financially and artistically - and we are working to make this happen.

NEWS AND UPDATES

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