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Continuo Foundation Offering Support for Period Music Ensembles Across the UK

Arts, Culture and Heritage

13 July 2022/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Period-instrument ensembles can apply for funding to support live performances throughout the United Kingdom, particularly in communities that lack access to high-quality live music.

Grants of between £2,000 and £10,000 are available for professional ensembles playing period music and instruments to mobilise projects of outstanding artistic merit and create meaningful work for freelance period musicians, whilst engaging a wide range of audiences with historically informed live performances.

The focus of this round of funding is to support ensembles to plan and carry out a range of artistically excellent projects that will bring live period performances to communities across the UK that lack access to high-quality live music, as well to help newly formed ensembles to establish themselves. A total of £100,000 is available for ensembles to: 

  • Mobilise a performance that is at risk of being cancelled.
  • Fund a new project where there is uncertainty about audience size. 
  • Fund a chamber recital series. 
  • Tour an existing programme to new UK locations. 
  • Create a filmed concert which can be used to generate further touring opportunities. 

Grants are available for UK-based professional ensembles with at least three musicians playing period instruments (or faithful replicas) and focusing primarily on music repertoires from the Middle Ages up until the early 19th Century (the 1850s). Funding is for projects taking place between October 2022 and March 2023. 

The deadline for applications is 15 August 2022. 


How To Apply

The deadline for applications is 15 August 2022.

Decisions are expected by 22 September 2022.

Guidance notes and an online application form are available from the Continuo Foundation’s website.


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