Continuo Foundation is thrilled to announce second round grant awards to 23 projects, extending support to 14 new period-instrument ensembles and 9 who also received first round grants.  
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Continuo Foundation announced its first round grant awards to 23 period-instrument ensembles in March 2021. It has been a joy to see these excellent projects go ahead, and to see ensembles playing together again. Many concerts remain available to stream online, so please consult our Grantee Events Calendar for details. 


From the outset, Continuo Foundation's grant making strategy was designed to take place in phases - from survival to recovery and, finally, sustainability. 

The objective of our first round was to restore confidence and provide inspiration across the UK historical performance sector. Our grants enabled ensembles to proceed with artistic projects, and to engage musicians, despite the uncertainty around Covid restrictions.
Grant Round 2 continues this support for a further six months, for projects through the end of March 2022. These grants awards were also designed to encourage live performances and touring of programmes to regions across the UK, particularly those with little provision. 

Looking ahead, Continuo Foundation aims to hold two rounds of grants per year. Our ability to provide this level of support to period-instrument ensembles, and to foster the engagement of larger audiences of all ages across the UK, will be dependent upon our fundraising success.

The criteria and objectives for future grant rounds will evolve over time and will be designed to support Continuo’s long-term mission to create and promote a sustainable and flourishing community in the UK historical performance sector.