Supporting music

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We support all kinds of musical genres to meet the needs of artists and to make music accessible to everyone.

We aim to bring the most inspiring musical experiences to both audiences and participants, whether in traditional venues like concert halls, churches and schools, or unconventional spaces like libraries, swimming pools, and even car-parks!

In 2014/15 we invested £168.2 million in music organisations and musicians across all kinds of genres. One hundred and two organisations currently receive regular funding as part of our National Portfolio, ranging from large-scale opera companies and orchestras, to independent music producers and local music teaching and participation organisations.

We want music to be enjoyed by all and our focus is on identifying new talent and finding new audiences through touring, digital media, and presenting music in fresh and surprising ways.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. The Revenge of Mr Trout! by TongueTied Theatre. Photo © Kyle Davies / TongueTied Theatre. 2. No Credit Displaying 3. Urban Development: UProgress Students. Photo © Alexis Maryon 4. Dean Heritage Centre. Photo © Eye Shut Photography 5. No Credit Displaying 6. Southbank Centre Alchemy Festival 2016. © Southbank Centre 7. Allotment shed for artist in residence, GROW. Image courtesy of Ryde Arts. 8. Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus. Photo © MLGC 9. Nottingham Lights up the Night. Photo © Gerry Molumby / Nottingham Castle 10. Land Speed Record Toys. Photo © Tom Wood / National Motor Museum 11. 'Transe Express' by Seachange Arts at the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, 2015. Photo © David Street / Streetview Marketing 12. Rifco Arts: Break the Floorboards @ Watford Palace Theatre, 2013. Photo © Manuel Harlan. 13. Daniel Copeland performs Joseph Coelho's Tree Child on the Spark Arts tour. Photo © Pamela Raith Photography / The Spark Arts 14. New Wolsey Youth Theatre's Through The Looking Glass. Photo © Mike Kwasniak 15. Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. Photo © RAMM Exeter 16. It's A Wonderful Life by New Wolsey Theatre. Photo © Mike Kwasniak. 17. Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. Photo © Andy Keate