The grants will support projects taking place from November 2024 to April 2025


(left) The early music ensemble Fretwork who received a Continuo Foundation grant in 2023. Photo: Nick White

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Continuo Foundation is inviting applications for its eighth round of grants. The grants, which total £100,000, are awarded to UK-based early music ensembles, and assist with concerts, tours and any other artistic projects taking place between November 2024 and April 2025. Grants range from £2,000 to £8,000 and applications must be sent in by 9 August 2024. The grantees will then be announced on 26 September 2024. 

Grants are awarded following a two-stage selection process. In the first stage an expert Advisory Panel assesses the project’s artistic merit, while in the second stage the Trustees rank the projects from the Advisory Panel’s top two categories based on a range of criteria.  

In addition to the funds, which are paid out upon the project’s completion, Continuo Foundation also creates a long-term relationship with the grantees, helping them with publicity and career advice. 

The grants are awarded twice a year and aim to create employment for freelance musicians within the early music industry. ’Everyone should have the opportunity to experience the astounding talent and creativity in the early music world,’ says Tina Vadaneaux, CEO of Continuo Foundation. ’The smaller ensembles who are best suited to bring music of the highest quality to grassroots venues across the country often find fundraising daunting. By removing this barrier, creativity can flow, and music becomes accessible for all.’

Since its foundation in September 2020, Continuo Foundation has awarded £750,000 to nearly 100 period-instrument ensembles, and has supported 170 creative projects. 

In 2023, Continuo Foundation added their digital platform Continuo Connect to its support apparatus. This allows the foundation to help an even wider range of UK-based professional early music artists by enabling them to publicise their events to audiences. Recipients of the grant also gain access to Continuo Connect. 

Patrons of the Continuo Foundation include Rachel Podger, Sir Roger Norrington CBE, Dame Emma Kirkby DBE, and Mary Bevan MBE.

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