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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Chris Hopkins, a Black Sabbath Fan

Home of Metal

We’re investing in Capsule’s international plans to celebrate the musical influence and fandom of the Birmingham-born band, Black Sabbath.

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Back to their roots

We supported Punch Records to take four UK-based artists back to their homelands to discover their musical roots. These are their stories.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. The Revenge of Mr Trout! by TongueTied Theatre. Photo © Kyle Davies / TongueTied Theatre. 2. Urban Development: UProgress Students. Photo © Alexis Maryon 3. Man doing pottery 4. Oxford Christmas Lights Festival, December 2013. Photo courtesy of Oxford City Council. All rights reserved. 5. Chris Hopkins, a Black Sabbath Fan. Image © Capsule / Katja Ogrin. 6. Homelands Artists. Image © Punch Records. 7. Opera North, In Harmony - end of year concert. Photo © Jonny Walton 8. Hampshire Music Education Hub. Photo: Abby Roch 9. Land Speed Record Toys. Photo © Tom Wood / National Motor Museum 10. 'Transe Express' by Seachange Arts at the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts, 2015. Photo © David Street / Streetview Marketing 11. Rifco Arts: Break the Floorboards @ Watford Palace Theatre, 2013. Photo © Manuel Harlan. 12. Daniel Copeland performs Joseph Coelho's Tree Child on the Spark Arts tour. Photo © Pamela Raith Photography / The Spark Arts 13. New Wolsey Youth Theatre's Through The Looking Glass. Photo © Mike Kwasniak 14. Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery. Photo © RAMM Exeter 15. It's A Wonderful Life by New Wolsey Theatre. Photo © Mike Kwasniak. 16. Love is Enough: William Morris and Andy Warhol exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. Photo © Andy Keate