The Kurzman Legacy
Arts Council England have allocated funding from the Kurzman Legacy, a substantial legacy given to the Arts Council 'to be used at its discretion for the benefit of orchestras and the performance of chamber music and opera'.*
After careful consideration of Ms Kurzman's wishes, her own enjoyment of opera, orchestral and chamber music, and the opportunities available to distribute the legacy for the benefit of both artists and audiences across the country, the Arts Council is allocating the money as follows:
- £150,000 to Music in the Round
- £350,000 to Orchestras Live
- £425,000 to Aldeburgh Music, working with the Royal Opera House and Opera North
These organisations have been selected because of the quality of their work and the breadth of their partnerships which will enable the funds to benefit a wide range of artists in the areas of opera, orchestral, and chamber music, and reach audiences across the country.
Arts Council England's Chief Executive, Alan Davey, said: 'This legacy is a great example of how charitable legacies are the foundation for many good causes in the country. They are also a significant way in which arts and cultural organisations can grow their income.'
'One of the unique strengths of arts and culture in England is the diversity of its different sources of funding. Together, public and private funding creates great art which enriches people's lives and helps us understand the world around us.'
'We are very grateful to Ms Kurzman for her kind and generous gift.'
*From the last Will and Testament of Ms Diana Ruth Kurzman, deceased