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SIXTH ROUND GRANTS
Continuo Foundation was delighted to announce its sixth round of grant awards to 25 period-instrument ensembles, 8 of which are recently-formed groups, expanding our community of grant recipients to include 85 period-instrument ensembles.
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FIRST ROUND GRANTS
Continuo Foundation announced its first round of grant awards to 23 period-instrument ensembles in March 2021. It was a joy to see these excellent projects go ahead, and to see ensembles playing together again. Many concerts were filmed and remain available to stream online - details are available on our Grantee Events Calendar.
GRANTS - STRATEGY
From the outset, Continuo Foundation has been offering project grants in two rounds of minimum £100,000 each per year. Over the past three years, we have been working toward helping musicians to build careers and audiences, with the ultimate goal of achieving financial sustainability.
The objective of 2021 grants was to restore confidence and provide inspiration and activity across the UK historical performance sector. Our grants enabled projects to go ahead, creating work for musicians despite the uncertainty around Covid restrictions.
Our 2022 grants aimed to encourage live concerts and touring to regions across the UK, particularly those with low provision. We also launched an initiative to support emerging ensembles who were hindered by Covid from establishing a performance track record.
In 2023, our grants have continued to encourage wider access to inspiring live music concerts and to extend Continuo's community of grantee ensembles to include more recently formed ensembles and young musicians.
We also launched the Continuo Connect digital platform, dramatically scaling up the publicity support we offer our grantees, and helping promote the engagement of larger, more diverse audiences of all ages across the UK.
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